Robert M. Coelho

Assistant County Counsel

Rob Coelho oversees the Office’s Labor and Employment team, Equal Opportunity and Employment Investigations team, Equal Opportunity Division, and professional responsibility ethics guidance.  A trusted employment-law advisor and litigator for more than twenty-five years, Rob also advises the Board of Supervisors, County Executive’s Office, Employee Services Agency, and other County departments regarding legal issues relating to employee hiring, discipline, and terminations; labor contracting; human resources; and labor/employment law compliance.

Rob’s professional expertise includes:

  • Labor contracting and Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) compliance
  • Labor/employment laws, including equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws
  • Employee discipline and discharge hearings/arbitration/litigation
  • Reasonable accommodation compliance
  • Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA)
  • Legal ethics
  • California Public Records Act (CPRA)


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1989

Professional Associations

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section, Executive Committee (2008-2017)
    • Law-Related Education Committee (1998-Present)
    • Civil Practice Committee (2013-Present)
    • Professionalism Committee (2013-Present)
    • Judiciary Committee (2005-2012; Co-Chair 2011-2012)

Prior Experience

  • Shareholder at Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. (1998-2008)
    • Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group
    • Chair of the Associate-Review Committee
  • Associate Attorney at Law Offices of J. Michael Bewley (2003-2008)

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