After working for the International Ladies' Garment Workers as its Associate General Counsel, for the New York City Office of Labor Relations as a management-side trial attorney and negotiator, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney, I came to California at the invitation of Joseph Grodin to assume the position of the first Regional Director of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in Fresno. Prior to coming to California, I had gained admission to the Bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
On July 4, 1976, having been admitted to the California Bar, I opened a law practice in Fresno which continues today, under the name of Bennett Sharpe DeLaRosa Bennett (my wife, Ann Bennett) & LiCalsi, primarily representing public sector active and retired employees, but also several public sector agencies, in employment matters. In 2013, the firm opened a satellite
office in Monterey, where the firm principally represents public sector retirees.
My wife and I divide our professional and personal time between our homes in Fresno and Pacific Grove. In addition to my practice, I also teach Employment Law in the Craig School of Business at California State University-Fresno, and Labor Law at San Joaquin College of Law, also in Fresno.