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. His experience includes matters related to certificated and classified employee discipline, reductions in force, contract grievances, collective bargaining and Brown Act compliance. Mr. Willis also represents school districts in all aspects of special education law, including federal appeals of special education administrative decisions. Mr. Willis also defends private sector employers against claims related to wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and premise liability.
Mr. Willis has represented employers in both state and federal courts, as well the Public Employment Relations Board, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Administrative Hearings.
Awards and Recognitions
Mr. Willis has received the following recognitions:
- In 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Willis was named a "Southern California Rising Star" Los Angeles magazine, based on a poll of selected Southern California lawyers.This recognition honors exceptional Southern California attorneys who are under the age of 40.
- In 2012, Mr. Willis was selected as a "2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" by the National Bar Association and IMPACT.
- In 2014, Mr. Willis was named to Lawyers of Color's Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.
Mr. Willis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Morehouse College and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. During law school, Mr. Willis served as the Student Bar Association President and Class Representative, and was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Trial Advocacy team.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Willis contributes regularly to the firm’s education law blog, EdLawConnect, and other publications. He has conducted FRISK® presentations for school district clients and presented at the Special Education Training Academy (SETA) and various education conferences.