John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

John Yeh has been practicing law in California since 1991.  A product and consumer of California K-12 public schools, he specializes in representing and advising school districts in charter school, labor and employment, and litigation matters.

John is one of the State’s most experienced advocates before trial courts and courts of appeal on charter school and school district matters, having achieved the following results for Burke’s school district clients:

  • Dismissal of charter school legal challenge to revocation of its charter (Butte County Superior Court Case No. 156847);
  • Successful defense of challenge to school district award of meal service contract (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CPF-12-512681);
  • Summary Adjudication in favor of City against charter school’s attempt to exempt itself from local zoning requirements (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 1-13-CV-255504);
  • Successful challenge to county board of education’s attempt to grant exemption from local zoning to countywide charter school (San Jose Unified School District v. Santa Clara County Office of Education et al. (2017) 7 Cal.App.5th 967);
  • Favorable ruling from court of appeal involving eligibility for unemployment insurance (California Court of Appeal, First District, Case Nos. A142858 and A143428) (petition for review granted);
  • Successful judgment after trial in nuisance action against charter school operating in violation of local zoning ordinances (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 1-13-CV-255504);
  • Demurrer sustained without leave to amend as to Petition for Writ of Mandate regarding salary schedule issue (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 16-CV-297270);
  • Favorable court of appeal decision addressing material revision requirement for additional charter school sites (Today’s Fresh Start Charter School v. Inglewood Unified School District (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 276).

In the area of charter school law, John has extensive experience advising school boards on the granting, denial, oversight, monitoring and revocation of charters.  John’s experience includes the following:

  • Representation of several large urban and rural unified school districts, as well as smaller K-8 districts, on how to deal with charter school issues.
  • Advising school boards on a number of high-profile charter revocations, as well as on the review of charter petitions, having reviewed approximately 200 charter petitions on behalf of school districts.
  • Advising school districts on best practices in charter school oversight, proposed charter school legislation and charter school funding

John also practices in the areas of personnel and employment law, with a focus on school district personnel issues and labor relations.  He has also compiled a successful record representing school districts in arbitration hearings and unfair practice claims before PERB.  John has also been certified as an Interest Based Bargaining trainer, and speaks frequently before industry associations on charter school and school district personnel legal issues.

  • Today’s Fresh Start Charter School v. Inglewood Unified School District (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 276
  • San Jose Unified School District v. Santa Clara County Office of Education et al. (2017)  7 Cal.App.5th 967
  • United Educators of San Francisco AFT/CFT v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals BoardCalifornia Court of Appeal, First District, Case Nos. A142858 and A143428 (petition for review granted)
  • American Indian Model Schools v. Oakland Unified School District(2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 258
  • California Charter Schools Assn. v. Los Angeles Unified School Dist.(2015) 60 Cal.4th 1221 (Amici Brief)

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., Haverford College, 1988
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Association of California Schools Administrators Education Legal Support Fund Advisory Group
  • California Council of School Attorneys