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Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo seeks to employ individuals with strong analytical and writing skills, solid academic credentials, and a genuine interest in the practice of management defense in the areas of employment, labor, construction, education, real estate, general business and business litigation, corporate, taxation, and bankruptcy.

Associates at our firm are generally vested with significant responsibility much earlier in their careers, and may advance more quickly, than attorneys at other law firms. New attorneys may have the opportunity to conduct negotiations with government agencies and opposing counsel, obtain courtroom experience, and become involved in firm marketing opportunities, as well as complete legal research and writing projects. This involvement allows them to acquire and refine their legal skills early in their careers. Our team approach involves associates in the handling of client matters — from conducting initial investigations, to developing a defense theory, planning and carrying out strategy, and trying the case or negotiating a settlement.

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  • Sukhi Ahluwalia is a partner in the Cerritos office. Ms. Ahluwalia represents California public school districts and county offices of education in all aspects of education and employment law...

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  • Jillian Alexander is an associate in the firm’s Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group. Ms. Alexander has represented general contractors, subcontractors, private owners, and public entities in state court, federal court, private mediation, and arbitration.

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  • Andrew Aller is an Associate Attorney in the Fresno Office. Mr. Aller represents public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination and harassment claims, leaves of absence issues, ...

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  • Lisa R. Allred is a partner in the Sacramento and Marin offices and specializes in education law, representing school districts, colleges, and universities, and applying her expertise in business, real estate, personnel, public works, technology, and...

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  • Ohia Amadi practices commercial litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, securities, copyright, trademark, real estate, and trusts and estates litigation. He has a great deal of experience representing securities broker-dealers and investment advisors, financial advisors, and customers in FINRA arbitrations and investigations by the SEC, FINRA, and other regulatory agencies.

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  • Steven Andelson is a founding partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. For over 35 years, he has exclusively represented school and community college districts in employment law, personnel and labor relations, collective bargaining, and general public school law.

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  • Christopher Andre is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Andre is a seasoned civil litigator who focuses his practice on civil litigation and advising and representing employers...

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  • Cindy Strom Arellano practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation, qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, ERISA, tax audits and other tax controversy matters...

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  • Steve Atkinson is a founding partner with a diverse clientele in litigation, labor, and employment law matters. He focuses on representing employers in collective bargaining negotiations, union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice complaints and ...

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  • Alan Atlas is a partner in the Cerritos and Fresno offices. Mr. Atlas has an extensive and varied background in both public and private sector labor and employment law, with a specialty in representing public agency management in labor relations.

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  • James Baca is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Southern California Education Practice Group...

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  • Ernest L. Bell

    Senior Associate

    Office: San Diego


    ebell@aalrr.com

    E.B. Bell is a senior associate in the San Diego office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Bell represents school districts and county offices of education in education law, with a concentration in special education and student issues.

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  • William Betley practices in all areas of employment law, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, employee classification, and wage and hour...

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  • David Boyer has more than 20 years of success as litigation counsel for government agencies throughout California. Mr. Boyer has litigated civil actions involving water rights and supply, state water contracts, environmental and natural resources, public construction, public agency, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, land use, insurance coverage, and employment law.

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  • Mark Bresee is a partner in our San Diego office, and represents California public school and community college districts and county offices of education. His areas of practice include all aspects of labor and employment law, student issues including attendance and discipline, constitutional issues related to staff and students, the Brown Act, charter schools, statutory writ proceedings, and Public Records Act compliance.

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  • Meredith Brown has more than 25 years of experience representing public agencies and private institutions. Ms. Brown’s principal areas of specialization are:

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  • Guy Bryant’s principal areas of specialty include education law, labor law, and civil litigation. Over the past 25 years, Guy’s practice has included education law compliance for school districts, community college districts...

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  • Dan Bulfer is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator in the firm's Irvine office. He represents individuals, businesses, and public agencies on a wide variety of matters, including construction claims and litigation, class actions and other representative actions, appellate proceedings, employment claims, and general business litigation.

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  • Kandice Canchan is an associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents both public and private sector clients in various aspects of employment law, including investigation, advice and counsel, and defense of discrimination, First Amendment, harassment, and retaliation claims.

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  • Jennifer Cantrell is a senior counsel in the firm’s Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group, where she represents school districts, community colleges, county offices of education, and other public entities...

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  • Bryce Chastain has practiced law for 16 years. He focuses on complex matters in construction law, from site investigation and acquisition, through design and construction, to post-completion defect, warranty, and premises liability matters. He has worked on contract issues such as conformance with design, indemnity, and delay; tort liability from workmanship and safety practices to professional liability of architects, engineers and consultants in environmental and hazardous materials issues; and product defect liability.

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  • Brigham Cheney is a partner in the firm's Cerritos and Irvine offices. Mr. Cheney represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employee class action lawsuits; traditional labor law; discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination litigation; breach of contract claims; trade secret matters; and executive employment agreements.

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  • Andreas Chialtas is a partner in the Cerritos office. Mr. Chialtas practices primarily in the areas of school facilities, land use and management, public works and real property law...

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  • Gerald Conradi is a partner in the San Diego office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents California school districts, community college districts, and special districts in employment law, administrative law, and labor relations.

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  • Georgelle Cuevas regularly assists school districts and county offices of education navigating the requirements of the Education Code, Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and conflict of interest laws.

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  • Michael Cullen’s practice focuses on special education, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and student issues. Mr. Cullen represents school districts at IEP team meetings, resolution sessions, due process hearings, Section 504 meetings, and expulsion hearings. His prior experience as an attorney includes working with Disability Rights California, where he assisted with special education matters and supported the rights of students with disabilities in higher education.

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  • Kevin Dale is a partner in the Fresno office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Dale is experienced in counseling and representing public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination/harassment claims, leaves of absence issues, employee terminations and discipline, grievances, workplace privacy, and wage and hour requirements.

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  • Scott Danforth represents California school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts. His focus on education law includes general liability, employment, and special education issues.

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  • Scott Dauscher is a partner in the Cerritos office and Chair of the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group. He also serves as Chair of the firm’s Class Action Defense Group, managing AALRR’s extensive class action practice and its team of experienced defense attorneys.

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  • Alexandria Davidson is a Senior Counsel in the Irvine office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents California school and community college districts in general education, providing advice and counsel on hiring practices, certificated and classified employee discipline, certificated layoffs, collective bargaining agreement interpretation, and leaves of absence, among other matters.

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  • Michael Davis is an associate in the Pleasanton office. He represents California school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts. His focus on education law includes general liability and employment issues.

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  • Mary Beth de Goede has exclusively represented school and community college districts in employment law, personnel and labor relations, and general public school law for over 30 years.

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  • Tony De Marco is a partner in our Irvine office and represents California public school districts and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of practice include certificated and classified employee discipline, contract enforcement and arbitration, and general education law.

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  • Peter E. Denno

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Fresno


    pdenno@aalrr.com

    Peter Denno is Senior Counsel in the Fresno office. Mr. Denno handles a wide array of education and employment law matters for public school districts.

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    Chad DeVeaux is an associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional law, First Amendment and anti-SLAPP litigation, administrative law, white collar crime, antitrust, and unfair competition litigation.

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  • Bill Diedrich, a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Riverside and San Diego offices, represents school districts, community college districts, and other public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment law.

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  • John Dietrich is the Managing Partner of the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He joined the firm in January 1998. Mr. Dietrich represents private sector clients, California school districts, and community college districts in education law and labor relations matters, focusing on employee discipline and termination, discrimination claims, unfair practice charges, and negotiations.

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  • Heather A. Dozier

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Irvine


    hdozier@aalrr.com

    Heather Dozier is a Senior Counsel in the Irvine office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents California school and community college districts in general education law and personnel matters.

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  • A. Christopher Duran is Senior Counsel in the Fresno office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Duran is a skilled litigator with over 16 years of experience representing both public and private sector clients in education law, labor and employment, and a variety of civil litigation matters.

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  • Abraham Escareno is experienced in counseling and representing both public and private sector clients in various aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, disability, privacy, harassment, retaliation, unfair labor practices, and bargaining.

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  • Elizabeth A. Estes is Of Counsel in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Estes represents school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

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  • Amy W. Estrada

    Senior Associate

    Office: San Diego


    aestrada@aalrr.com

    Amy Estrada is a senior associate in the San Diego office. She represents school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges in San Diego, Orange, and Imperial counties.

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  • Alfonso Estrada works with public and private sector clients on various matters, including employee discipline and claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, First Amendment violations, and breach of privacy. When those issues escalate into litigation, Mr. Estrada handles all stages of the litigation process through trial if necessary.

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  • Deborah Ettinger is Of Counsel in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Ettinger represents California public school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas. Ms. Ettinger specializes in education law, with a focus on special education and student issues.

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  • Jennifer Fain is the partner in charge of the Marin office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents educational agencies in the areas of special education and anti-discrimination.

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  • Debra Ferdman is a senior counsel in the Cerritos office. She represents California school districts in all aspects of education law with a concentration in special education...

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  • Eve P. Fichtner

    Partner

    Office: Sacramento

    916.923.1200
    epeekfichtner@aalrr.com

    Eve Peek Fichtner is a partner in the Sacramento office. Ms. Fichtner represents school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and private employers for personnel matters, student issues and all forms of discrimination and harassment claims.

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  • Cathie Fields is a partner in the Irvine office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Since 1997, Ms. Fields has represented school districts, community college districts, and other educational agencies in labor and employment matters, general education issues, and governance matters...

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  • Terry Filliman retired from practice in 2014.

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  • Paul Fleck is the Chair of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Private Labor and Employment Practice Group, covering eight offices throughout California.

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  • Helen Ryan Frazer is of counsel in the Cerritos office. Ms. Frazer practices primarily in the area of bankruptcy and has been certified as a specialist in bankruptcy by the State Bar of California.

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  • Robert Fried

    Partner

    Office: Pleasanton

    925-251-8515
    rfried@aalrr.com

    Robert is a partner in the Pleasanton office. In addition to his litigation practice as defense counsel, mediator and expert witness...

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  • Mellissa Gallegos is an associate in the Cerritos office. Ms. Gallegos represents and advises California school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education in all general education law matters.

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  • Debra Garfinkle works in the Cerritos office, representing public and private entities in a variety of labor and employment matters.

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  • Brent Garrett is a partner in the firm's Cerritos and Irvine offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Labor and Employment Group. He exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. He is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Labor Relations Blog, ...

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  • Carol Gefis has over 25 years of experience representing and advising employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including alleged wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, and wage and hour issues.

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  • Karen Gilyard is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents California school districts and community college districts in education law and labor relations.

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  • Barbara J. Ginsberg is a partner in the Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents school and community college districts in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law...

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  • Todd Goluba is a partner with AALRR’s Pleasanton office and heads the firm’s Northern California Education Law Practice Group. Mr. Goluba has over 22 years of experience in education law and serves as outside General Counsel to over 25 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education throughout Northern and Central California.

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  • Jesus Gonzales is a partner in the Pasadena office. He represents school districts, community colleges, county offices of education, special districts and other public entities on a wide variety of construction and public law matters.

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  • Carlos Gonzalez is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Gonzalez represents California school and community college districts in education law, including special education and student discipline, as well as labor and employment matters.

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  • Sherry Gordon retired from practice in 2012...

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  • Daphne Borromeo Hall represents California school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education in the area of education law. Ms. Hall has defended school districts against allegations of abuse of minors, harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, and civil rights violations.

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  • Jacqueline Hang is an associate in the Sacramento office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Hang represents California school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education throughout California, specializing in education, and student discipline matters.

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  • Davina Harden is a partner in the Pleasanton and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Harden represents California public school districts in all aspects of education and employment law. Her areas of expertise include charter schools, student rights and discipline, public employee rights, conflicts of interest, employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements

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  • Daniel Hargis’s practice focuses on business litigation, class actions, corporate governance, intellectual property misappropriation, investor fraud disputes, and employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and wrongful termination. He has experience litigating in state and federal courts and on appeal.

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  • Amber Healy is a litigator with extensive experience litigating class actions and complex business matters in state and federal courts throughout California. Her practice focuses on the defense of employers and management in class action, multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff lawsuits.

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  • Janice J. Hein

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Pleasanton

    925.227.9200
    jhein@aalrr.com

    Janice Hein represents school districts, community colleges, county offices of education, and regional occupational programs, with an emphasis on labor and personnel issues.

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    Maribel Hernandez is a Senior Associate in the Cerritos office. She represents management and employers in a wide range of employment-related matters, including cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims.

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  • Brianna A. Hill

    Senior Associate

    Office: Cerritos


    bhill@aalrr.com

    Brianna Hill is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Hill represents California school districts, community college districts and county offices of education in education law, with a concentration in special education.

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  • Benjamin Hinojos is an associate in the firm’s Cerritos office. Mr. Hinojos represents companies and organizations in all aspects of business litigation. He has worked on a variety of matters, including wage and hour and consumer class actions, state and federal discrimination cases, and general business litigation cases.

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  • Edward Ho is a partner in the Cerritos office. He regularly serves as lead counsel in business litigation and trial matters.

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  • Scott Holbrook is a partner in the Sacramento office. Mr. Holbrook provides representation and legal counsel to school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts in labor and personnel matters, including certificated/classified employee discipline and dismissal...

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  • Salvador Holguín, Jr. is a partner in the Cerritos, Sacramento and Fresno offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

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  • Martin Hom is a partner in the San Diego office. Mr. Hom has litigation and trial experience in a broad range of contract interpretation issues and disputes, such as delay and inefficiencies...

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  • Christine Huntoon is an associate in the Marin and Pleasanton offices. Ms. Huntoon represents California public school districts and county offices of education.

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  • Andres Hurwitz is a litigation partner in the Cerritos and Pasadena offices. Mr. Hurwitz has extensive experience handling all phases of complex litigation in both federal and state courts throughout California.

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  • Suparna Jain

    Senior Associate

    Office: Pasadena


    sjain@aalrr.com

    Suparna Jain is a senior associate in the Pasadena office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. As a member of the firm’s Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group, Ms. Jain represents school districts, community college districts, and other public entities, as well as some private clients in litigation and transactional matters.

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  • John practices out of the Cerritos office with 35 years of experience as a business/tax lawyer, with extensive experience working with businesses, entrepreneurs and investors in negotiating, structuring and documenting transactions in varied industries...

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    Jeff Jensen represents companies and individuals in a wide range of matters, with emphasis on class actions and complex litigation. He defends clients against general business tort claims, breach of contract claims, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act claims, and shareholder direct and derivative claims.

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  • Brooke E. Jimenez is a senior associate in the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, representing California public school and community college districts and county offices of education in the areas of education law, employee discipline, harassment and discrimination complaints, and contract administration.

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  • Sundee Johnson is a partner in the Cerritos, Irvine and San Diego offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Johnson represents California school and community college districts in education law, including disability accommodation, special education, student discipline, and charter school matters...

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  • Darin Jones assists school districts and county offices of education in navigating the requirements of the Education Code, Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and conflict of interest laws...

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  • Jonathan Judge is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He advises employers in labor and employment law and various employment litigation matters, including drug testing, mass layoffs, disparate impact analysis, WARN Act, trade secrets, privacy, technology in the workplace, piece rate compensation, municipal and state sick leave, local, state and federal minimum wage law, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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  • Tina Kannarr is senior counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Kannarr represents California public school and community college districts and county offices of education in all aspects of education, employment, and labor law.

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  • Warren Kinsler is a partner in the Pasadena and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Kinsler advises California school and community college districts and county offices of education on a wide range of outside general counsel issues...

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  • Thomas Kovacich is a partner in the Cerritos office. Mr. Kovacich has exclusively represented employers for over 35 years in all aspects of employment law and labor relations matters.

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  • Nate Kowalski is a Partner in the Cerritos office and Chair of the firm’s Public Entity Labor and Employment Practice Group. He is an accomplished litigator who represents employers in both the private and public sectors.

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  • Michele Landenberger represents California school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education in labor relations and general education law matters. Ms. Landenberger’s areas of expertise include classified and certificated employee discipline, as well as workplace and Uniform Complaint investigations and responses.

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    Gretchen Leach is an Associate Attorney at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Cerritos office, where she focuses her practice on special education matters.

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  • Hugh Lee’s areas of practice include school and public works construction law and construction disputes and litigation, including construction contract administration, bidding and bid disputes, and architectural malpractice. Mr. Lee handles claims by contractors, subcontractors and sureties against public agencies and labor compliance and enforcement agencies.

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  • Thomas Lenz is a partner handling all aspects of labor and employment law issues from the firm’s Cerritos and Pasadena offices. He heads the firm’s traditional labor and National Labor Relations Board practices.

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  • Martin S. Li

    Associate

    Office: Irvine


    mli@aalrr.com

    Martin Li is an associate in the Irvine office and represents private sector employers in employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful terminations, wage and hour litigation, and alleged civil rights violations.

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  • Theodore Lieu advises public and private sector clients on a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Lieu represents California community college districts, universities and school districts in education-related matters, providing advice and counsel concerning business, construction, public works, procurement, and technology related matters

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  • Beth Lind is a partner in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She is an experienced labor and employment attorney who regularly works with both private and public sector clients.

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  • Paul Loya is a partner in the firm’s Pleasanton and Sacramento offices. Mr. Loya represents private and public employers as legal counsel and as labor management negotiator.

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  • Peter Lucey retired from practice in 2012.

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  • Kimberly C. Ludwin

    Senior Associate

    Office: Cerritos


    kludwin@aalrr.com

    Kimberly Ludwin is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Ludwin counsels and represents California school districts, community college districts and county offices of education in all general education law matters.

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  • Jorge Luna is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Luna has been practicing law since 1996 in a variety of areas, including employment, construction, business litigation, intellectual property and entertainment...

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  • Bryan G. Martin

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Fresno


    bmartin@aalrr.com

    Bryan G. Martin is senior counsel in the Fresno office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Martin has used his litigation and education law background to prosecute personnel and disciplinary actions at the administrative and judicial levels. He has developed successful responses to complaints against districts and district personnel to the EEOC, DFEH, Office of Civil Rights and the Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Martin also handles issues related to labor relations, contracts and a variety of transactional concerns.

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  • Paul McGlocklin is a senior associate in the Pasadena, Cerritos, and Riverside offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. McGlocklin represents school districts and county offices of education, focusing on classified and certificated employment matters and other labor and employment issues. He also handles governance and facilities issues; administrative law matters such as PERB, arbitrations, and dismissal hearings; and any litigation that may arise.

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  • Shawna McKee regularly advises school districts and community college districts on personnel and employment law matters, including discipline and termination, compliance with leave requirements, and workplace violence policies.

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  • Stephen McLoughlin advises public and private agencies on a wide variety of transactional and litigation issues. He represents California community college districts, universities and school districts in education-related.

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  • Anna J. Miller

    Senior Associate

    Office: Sacramento


    amiller@aalrr.com

    Anna Miller represents public school districts and California community college districts in all areas of general education law; labor relations; employment matters such as discrimination, dismissal and harassment; student issues such as fraudulent receipt of federally issued financial aid, grade disputes, student discipline and harassment charges; and First Amendment rights.

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  • Marilou Mirkovich has been an attorney for over 30 years. During that time, she has represented employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law....

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  • Irma Rodríguez Moisa is an experienced litigator, labor negotiator, and trial attorney representing public and private entities in labor and employment matters. Ms. Rodríguez Moisa offers unique insights to develop winning strategies for clients, from advice and counsel to arbitration, litigation, and trial.

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  • Jacquelyn Morenz represents California school districts and county offices of education in a variety of labor and employment and general education matters, including employee disciplinary actions, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation of employee disabilities, employment discrimination, and wage and hour law.

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  • Joshua Morrison is a senior counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Morrison represents California public school districts in all aspects of general education law.

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  • Kristin M. Myers

    Associate

    Office: Cerritos

    562-653-3200
    kmyers@aalrr.com

    Kristin Myers is an associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Myers represents California school districts and county offices of education, specializing in special education and student discipline matters.

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  • Adam Newman is a partner in the Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Newman is co-chair of the firm’s state-wide Special Education Practice Group.

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  • Anthony Niccoli is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Niccoli has extensive experience representing contractors, subcontractors, school districts, public entities, and special districts for a full range of construction issues, including licensing, contract drafting and negotiations, bid disputes, responsive and responsibility issues, change order disputes, terminations, and indemnity obligations and claims.

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  • Ronald W. Novotny

    Of Counsel

    Office: Cerritos

    (562) 653-3846
    rnovotny@aalrr.com

    Ronald Novotny is of counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Novotny has been representing employers in labor and employment matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies in California since 1981.

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  • Eileen Nucho is a senior associate in the Riverside and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Nucho represents California school districts in education law, including special education, Section 504, and student discipline.

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  • Aaron O'Donnell is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents California community college districts, universities, and school districts in education and employment-related matters.

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  • Kelly O’Reilly is of counsel in the Cerritos office. He represents celebrities, athletes, and Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of immigration law. Mr. O’Reilly is a former District Adjudications...

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  • Shawn Ogle has worked as a litigator in private practice since 2009. He has skillfully handled a wide variety of practice areas, including business litigation, employer defense, high profile trust and estate issues, and ...

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  • Sharon Ormond is a Partner in the Irvine office. She represents California public sector employers in labor relations and personnel matters....

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  • Gabrielle Ortiz represents California school districts and county offices of education in special education law and student disability matters. Ms. Ortiz provides interpretation and assessment of issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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  • Mark T. Palin

    Managing Partner

    Office: Cerritos


    mpalin@aalrr.com

    Mark Palin is the Managing Partner of the firm. Mr. Palin is an elite trial lawyer and an accomplished commercial litigator. He has 30 years of experience in business-related litigation, including arbitrations, mediations, class actions, and bench and jury trials.

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  • James Palmer is a senior partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He serves as the firm’s General Counsel and is the former chair of the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group.

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  • Jackson E. Parham has 35 years of experience in all aspects of labor negotiations and educational employment law. Mr. Parham has negotiated more than 500 contracts for California schools and community colleges.

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  • Rajnish Puri

    Partner

    Office: Pasadena, Cerritos

    626-773-7659
    rpuri@aalrr.com

    Rajnish Puri is a partner in the Pasadena and Cerritos offices of the firm. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, joint ventures, private placements of equity and debt securities, and other business transactions, with an emphasis in private, middle market, and emerging growth companies. Mr. Puri also advises companies on corporate governance, executive employment, and shareholder matters. His clients include corporations, partnerships, entrepreneurs, and family-owned businesses in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, bio-agriculture, digital media, entertainment, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and wealth management industries. Prior to joining Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Mr. Puri practiced at an international law firm and a domestic firm as a corporate finance attorney.

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  • Chesley Quaide is a partner and the Partner-in-Charge of the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Quaide focuses on education law and labor relations and employment/labor law.

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  • John Rajcic is a partner in the Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Rajcic focuses his practice on the representation of public and private sector employers.

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  • Ed Reitkopp is a Senior Counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He has more than 25 years experience in labor and employment law, his chosen area of expertise. He has provided counsel both for agencies in the public sector and for Fortune 500 companies in the private sector. He has also served as a hearing officer for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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  • Elizabeth Rho-Ng is a partner in the Northern California offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Rho-Ng represents California public school districts, county offices of education, private schools, community college districts and special education local plan areas in various aspects of education law, specializing in special education and student issues.

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  • Eric Riss represents public and private entities in a wide array of labor and employment matters. His areas of expertise include federal and state discrimination claims, PERB unfair practice charges, disciplinary arbitrations, and FLSA wage and hour actions.

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  • Todd M. Robbins

    Partner

    Office: Riverside

    951-683-1122
    trobbins@aalrr.com

    Todd Robbins is a partner in the Riverside office, representing public school districts in the areas of education law, certificated and classified employee discipline, certificated layoffs, harassment and discrimination complaints, and contract administration.

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  • David E. Robinett

    Senior Associate

    Office: Riverside

    951-683-1122
    drobinett@aalrr.com

    David Robinett is a senior associate in the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents school and community college districts and county offices of education in personnel and employment law, special education law, facilities and collective bargaining matters.

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  • Brooke Romero

    Associate

    Office: Cerritos

    562-653-3200
    bromero@aalrr.com

    Brooke Romero is an associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, and represents California school districts and county offices of education, as well as private schools, in a variety of general education and labor and employment matters.

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  • James Romo is one of the founding partners and the former Managing Partner of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He works out of the Pasadena and Cerritos offices.

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  • Joseph Rossini is a senior counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Rossini primarily represents contractors, subcontractors, school districts, architects, engineers, public entities and special districts.

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  • Michael Rubino is a partner in the Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Rubino has more than 28 years of experience in a wide variety of business litigation issues, with a specialty in real estate law...

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  • Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza represents California school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges in education law. Ms. Ruiz de Esparza provides assistance to education administrators on a variety of personnel and general education issues...

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  • Ronald C. Ruud

    Emeritus

    Office: Riverside

    951-683-1122

    Ronald Ruud, one of the firm's founding partners, retired from practice in 2009...

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  • Scott J. Sachs

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Cerritos

    562-653-3599
    ssachs@aalrr.com

    Scott Sachs is a senior counsel in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents private and governmental entities in complex litigation in the areas of data privacy and security issues, construction and environmental law.

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  • Marleen Sacks is a partner in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Sacks has over 20 years of experience in education and labor law, specializing in employee discipline, student rights and litigation related to employment and education matters.

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  • Mary A. Salamone is a partner in the firm's Irvine office. Ms. Salamone has dedicated her nearly three-decade career exclusively to the area of construction law and has acquired an in-depth knowledge regarding all aspects of construction projects and disputes.

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  • Gabriel Sandoval is a partner in the Pasadena and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents universities, community colleges, school districts, charter school management organizations, and municipalities in a wide range of matters, including all aspects of education and employment law, and compliance with federal and state civil rights laws.

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  • Peter Schaffert is a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Fresno office. He represents public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including labor negotiations, grievance arbitration, discrimination/harassment claims, employee terminations and discipline, leaves, workplace privacy, wage and hour requirements and litigation.

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  • Lawrence M. Schoenke is a member of the firm’s Northern California Public Sector Practice Group and works in the Pleasanton office. With more than 25 years of experience in education law, Mr. Schoenke has represented over 200 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education.

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  • Kimberly Schulist is a senior associate in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Schulist represents school districts and county offices of education throughout California, with a focus on special education, student discipline, and related education law matters.

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  • Constance Schwindt is a partner in the Cerritos Office of Atkinson Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Schwindt represents private entities in a wide range of real estate matters including real property acquisitions and sales, leases, subleases, ground leases, licenses and easements as well as environmental and land use issues. She has significant experience negotiating complex commercial and industrial leases as well as transactions involving contaminated real property.

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  • Allison Scott is an associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents employers in labor law and various employment litigation matters, defending clients against allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, wage & hour violations, harassment and other claims.

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  • Casandra P. Secord

    Senior Associate

    Office: Cerritos

    562- 653-3200
    csecord@aalrr.com

    Casandra Secord is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Secord represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, single-plaintiff and class action wage and hour disputes, and misappropriation of trade secret claims.

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  • Marian Selvaggio has practiced law for 15 years, focusing on construction law. She has experience representing construction companies in all aspects of compliance and litigation, including advising in perfecting contractual positions, resolving disputes during all phases in the start-up and performance of major public and private construction projects and providing labor and employment advice.

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  • Jon Setoguchi is a senior counsel in the firm’s Cerritos office. Mr. Setoguchi specializes in commercial litigation in state and federal court, as well as private sector employment issues.

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  • Justin Shinnefield is a partner in the San Diego, Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Shinnefield represents California school districts and community college districts in education, special education and student discipline...

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  • Lena Shiraiwa is a senior associate in the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents California school districts and county offices of education in all aspects of education and employment law.

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  • Ann Smith is a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Private Labor and Employment Practice Group. She works out of the firm’s Cerritos office.

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  • Amber Solano is an accomplished litigator who represents employers in both the private and public sector in all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour (including class actions), discrimination/harassment, retaliation, leaves of absences, privacy, and the First Amendment.

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  • David Soldani is a partner in the Fresno and Sacramento offices. Mr. Soldani advises public agencies in the areas of employment, public works and construction, environmental law, elections law, litigation, contracting and real property transactions.

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  • Arielle J. Spinner

    Associate

    Office: Cerritos

    562.653.3200
    aspinner@aalrr.com

    Arielle Spinner represents public and private entities in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. Her areas of expertise include federal and state discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, First Amendment claims, PERB unfair practice charges, and disciplinary arbitrations.

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  • Katherine R. Stevens

    Senior Associate

    Office: Cerritos

    562-653-3200
    kstevens@aalrr.com

    Katherine Stevens is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, where she focuses on commercial and business litigation, including the areas of contract, tort, and employment law.

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  • Susan Steward is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She counsels and represents public and private sector employers in all employment-related matters, including defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

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  • In his 30-year career, he has successfully litigated a wide array of civil matters. He focuses on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations matters such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour...

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  • Terry Tao is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Tao practices primarily in the areas of school and public works construction law, architectural malpractice, construction contract administration, ADA physical barrier claims, land use, environmental law, and related matters.

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  • Constance Taylor is a partner in the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Her practice focuses on special education, Section 504, and student issues...

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  • Davis Thompson primarily represents private sector clients in the construction, manufacturing, high-tech, distribution, service, and professional industries. He focuses on the areas of corporate, tax, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate finance, real estate, and commercial law.

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  • Mark W. Thompson is a partner in the Riverside office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, primarily representing public school districts and Boards of Education in the areas of general education law, governance matters including the Brown Act and Public Records Act, certificated and classified employee discipline and reductions in force, harassment and discrimination complaints, grievances, collective bargaining and contract administration.

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  • Lindsay Thorson is a senior counsel in the firm’s Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group, where she represents school districts, community college districts, county offices of education, and other public entities for transactional matters.

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  • Tiffany Tran represents school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges. She assists education administrators on a variety of labor and employment matters and general education issues,...

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  • Jay Trinnaman is a partner in the Cerritos office. He specializes in the representation of both public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law matters, including disciplinary and grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), defense of EEOC/DFEH charges, negotiations in collective bargaining, writ of mandate matters, and advice and counsel.

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  • Chelsea Trotter is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, specializing in commercial and employment litigation. When issues escalate into litigation, Ms. Trotter handles all stages of the litigation process through trial.

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  • Ashley Turner is an associate in the Cerritos and Riverside offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Turner represents California public school districts and county offices of education in general education law matters, and special education...

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  • Michael E. Turner

    Associate

    Office: Pleasanton

    925.583.8600
    mturner@aalrr.com

    Michael Turner is an associate in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Turner represents school districts and county offices of education in education law, with a concentration in special education and student issues.

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  • Barbara Van Ligten is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Van Ligten has over 25 years of experience in employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations matters, such as discrimination, retaliation, harassment, ERISA, wage & hour and wrongful termination...

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  • Jonathan Vick is a partner in the Cerritos and Pleasanton offices. Mr. Vick is a member of the Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group and has more than 27 years of experience in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

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  • Fermín Villegas is a senior counsel in the Sacramento office. Mr. Villegas represents California public school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts in all areas of education law. Mr. Villegas’s practice focuses on personnel, labor, charter schools, student rights and discipline, board governance, and civil rights compliance matters.

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  • Marlon Wadlington is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Wadlington has an extensive and varied background in public sector labor and employment law.

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  • Greg Warnagieris specializes in construction contract disputes, providing high quality representation to public and private owners, contractors, and design professionals. Mr. Warnagieris has a 24-year track record of securing early, favorable results for his clients.

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  • Clifford Weiler is a senior counsel in the San Diego office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Weiler has successfully represented school law clients for over 40 years.

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  • Robert Wenzel represents a diverse clientele which includes health care providers, residential construction companies, manufacturing concerns, restaurants and hotels, retail establishments, food processing companies, temporary employment agencies, and service firms. He focuses on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations claims such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.

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  • Brian Wheeler is Of Counsel in the firm’s Cerritos office. His practice focuses on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and investigations.

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  • Jabari Willis is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Willis’ practice focuses on representing public entities, including school districts, in labor and employment and education law matters.

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  • Richard M. Wilner is of counsel in the firm's Cerritos office. Mr. Wilner represents famous athletes, entertainers, businesspersons, and Fortune 500 companies in their global immigration needs...

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  • Tim Wojcik is an associate in the Cerritos office. He has broad experience representing clients in all types of matters in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies.

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  • Lindsey Wrape is an associate in the firm’s Riverside and Cerritos offices. Ms. Wrape represents California school districts and county offices of education in education law, with a concentration in disability and special education.

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  • Scot Yarnell represents California community college districts, county offices of education and public school districts in all areas of general education law, collective bargaining and labor relations, certificated and classified employee matters, pupil personnel issues, charter schools, Brown Act, Public Records Act and conflicts of interest.

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  • Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

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  • Lisa Zaradich practices primarily in the areas of business transactional law, advising both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and resolution of tax controversy, including audits and assessments by the IRS, EDD, FTB, and BOE.

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  • Kirsten Y. Zittlau

    Associate

    Office: San Diego

    858.485.9526
    kzittlau@aalrr.com

    Kirsten Zittlau advises school districts on issues involving students with disabilities arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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