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20 Pacifica
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92618

949-453-4262 fax


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California, Irvine (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, Central District and Southern District

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member, California Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member, Labor & Employment Relations Research Association, Orange County Chapter
  • Member, California Council of School Attorneys
  • Cerritos College Foundation

Barbara J. Ginsberg


Practice Areas

Barbara J. Ginsberg is a partner in the Irvine office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents school and community college districts, and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law.  She serves as chief negotiator for agencies in collective bargaining with certificated, classified, and police/safety units, and is experienced in both traditional and interest-based bargaining methods.  In addition, Ms. Ginsberg has more than 24 years of experience investigating charges of harassment and discrimination as well as uniform complaints.  She is a member of the firm’s Title IX and Clery Act groups.  Other areas of Ms. Ginsberg’s practice include: classified and certificated employee evaluation and discipline (merit and non-merit); statutory and negotiated leave issues; police and safety matters, including POBOR issues; certificated and classified reductions in force; disability accommodation issues; student and employee privacy, search and seizure, and other constitutional issues; drafting board/agency policies; hiring practices; PERB, EEOC, DFEH, OCR, OAH, and personnel commission matters; and federal and state civil litigation. 

Prior to joining AALRR in 2008, Ms. Ginsberg spent seven years as a legal advocate for public and private employee unions, including the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, Riverside Sheriffs Association, Orange County Firefighters Association, Santa Ana Firefighters, and the San Bernardino Public Employees Association; and eight years as an advocate for school and community college districts.  She also served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Victorville.

Ms. Ginsberg earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Ms. Ginsberg also attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Speaking Engagements
Ms. Ginsberg is a popular and highly requested speaker and regularly provides training throughout the nation on a variety of subjects of interest to K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, cities, counties, governing boards, management teams, administrators, police and safety personnel, supervisors, and staff.  In addition to addressing subjects that impact the workplace, the educational setting, and collective bargaining, Ms. Ginsberg provides training on the FRISK model for preparing effective documentation regarding employee substandard performance or conduct; leadership and communication skills; conducting investigations in the educational and workplace environments; conflict resolution; Brown Act compliance, and state-mandated sexual harassment training.  She regularly lectures at conferences for local, statewide, and national organizations such as AASPA, ACCCA, ACSA, ACHRO, CABE, CALSA, CCLC, CCUPCA, CPCA, CSBA, NSBA, and WACUBO.  She is also a regular instructor at various personnel and administrator academies throughout the state, and a guest lecturer at local universities.



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