English Bryant, Legal Advisor

English Bryant

Legal Advisor

English Bryant was appointed as a Special Assistant to Sheriff Bill Gore in 2016. She is responsible for providing legal advice to the Human Resource Services Bureau (Internal Affairs, Employee Relations, Medical Liaison Unit, Risk Management, Personnel, and Training).

Bryant provides legal opinions on a variety of employment-related issues affecting the department. She reviews personnel policies and procedures for legal compliance and best management practices, she responds to Pitchess motions and attends the hearings, and she produces training bulletins for management. She advocates the Department’s position at hearings before the Civil Service Commission, and she represents the Sheriff during labor negotiations. Her current areas of emphasis include employment laws and policies, labor laws, Peace Officer Bill of Rights, and civil rights.

Prior to joining the department, Bryant was in private practice representing public and private sector employers. Bryant served as a Senior Deputy County Counsel and she defended a multitude of employment lawsuits and claims for San Diego County, including complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, labor violations, and wage & hour claims. During her tenure at County Counsel, she also provided training to DHROs throughout the County on topics including the Interrelationship of ADA/Workers' Compensation/Disability Retirement, Investigations of Employee Complaints, and Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors.

Bryant earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1990 and then moved to San Diego. Bryant is a member of the California Bar and the South Carolina Bar; she also is a member of the Employment Law Section of the California State Bar, the San Diego County Bar Association, and IPMA. She has attended and presented at several statewide County Counsel Association meetings over the past two decades.