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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • Loyola Law School (J.D.)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • St. Thomas More Honor Society

Barbara S. Van Ligten


Practice Areas

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.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a wage and hour class action involving an overtime exemption misclassification case involving 150 employees, which was achieved only after the filing of defendant’s opposition to the motion for class certification.
  • Achieved the denial of class certification of a breach of contract case brought on behalf of over 5,000 independent contractors.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a discrimination and retaliation case involving a major public university.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in two coordinated wage and hour class action cases, which involved over 60,000 employees and included claims for unpaid vacation, missed meal and rest periods, unpaid wages at termination, and wage statement violations.

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).

Community Involvement
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




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