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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D.)
  • Whittier College (B.A., With Honors)

Bar Admissions

  • California

James F. Baca


Practice Areas

James Baca is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Southern California Education Practice Group. He represents California public and private sector employers in labor relations and collective bargaining negotiations and represents school districts in general education law matters. He focuses on employment discrimination, personnel, labor, and general education litigation. Mr. Baca holds the distinction of being AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Baca joined AALRR in 1986 and became a partner in 1990. He was the lead attorney in Governing Board of ABC Unified School District v. Haar (1994), a precedent-setting case before the California Court of Appeal, which established the right of a school district to terminate a tenured teacher for sexually harassing students.

American Bar Association; State Bar of California; Los Angeles County Bar Association;
Board Member, St. Joseph Hospital

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Baca has presented workshops and conferences for private sector employers, school administrators, educational agencies and school board members on such topics as discrimination complaints and classified/certificated evaluation and dismissal.  He is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s school law publications.




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