12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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. Ms. Van Ligten also specializes in the defense of class actions involving wage and hour and other employment related issues.
Ms. Van Ligten has clients in both the public and private sector. Her public sector clients have included the Regents of the University of California, the Orange County Transportation Authority, the City of Montebello, the City of Downey and the County of San Bernardino.
Ms. Van Ligten has represented clients before numerous state and federal administrative agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has extensive experience with jury trials, mediations and arbitrations.
Ms. Van Ligten received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Van Ligten is an active contributor to the firm’s various publications. She is also the co-author of “Transgender Rights Developments to Know” (Daily Journal, Oct. 31, 2016) and “Transgender Restroom Case Could Affect Agency Deference” (Daily Journal, Nov. 17, 2016).
El Modena High School PTSA Treasurer
El Modena Wrestling Booster Club Treasurer
Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Coach for El Modena High School