12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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.
Ms. Smith represents management in all aspects of employment litigation, including defending claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and leave of absence violations. Ms. Smith handles numerous matters in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Ms. Smith also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws. Ms. Smith is the Chair of AALRR’s Disability Leave Committee, which meets regularly to discuss disability leave issues and pending litigation.
Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine. She spent a year abroad at the University of Sussex in England as a Politics Scholar. Ms. Smith received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where she was the Notes Editor of the Law Review. During law school, she spent one year in London, England at the University of Notre Dame London Law Program.
U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
State Bar of California
American Bar Association
Awards and Recognitions
Ms. Smith was awarded the Cerritos Chamber's President’s Award in 1999 and 2004, and the Business Person of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Smith is an experienced presenter and has addressed numerous organizations, including Professionals in Human Resources (PIHRA), Women in Business Council, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Employers Advisory Council and various Chambers of Commerce throughout California.
Ms. Smith chaired the Employment Law Business Conference for the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce in 2016, speaking alongside Tina Walker, the Regional Administrator of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
Ms. Smith regularly publishes articles and Alerts relating to various employment law topics.
Ms. Smith has been involved with the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce for more than twenty years, serving as its President for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. She served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and on its Legislative Committee from 1993-2000.