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20 Pacifica
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92618

949-453-4262 fax

3880 Lemon Street
Suite 350
Riverside, CA 92501

951-683-1144 fax


  • J.D., Chapman University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Washington

Bar Admissions

  • 2012, California
  • United States District Court, Central District

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Italian American Lawyers of Orange County Bar
  • State Bar of California

Lena Y. Smith

Senior Associate

Practice Areas

Lena Smith is a senior associate in the Irvine and Riverside offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  She represents California school districts and county offices of education in all aspects of education and employment law.  Her areas of focus include: charter school law, employee dismissals for certificated and classified personnel, complaint investigations, student discipline and litigation.  She also assists governing boards with Brown Act compliance, policies and procedures.

Prior to joining AALRR, Ms. Smith spent three years at a boutique education law firm.  Due in part to the firm’s small size, Ms. Smith was given a great deal of responsibility handling a wide variety of education law matters.  She also worked in-house at a local business bank, gaining significant experience in corporate governance, financial regulations and secured transactions.

Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English from the University of Washington, receiving a Kiwanis scholarship.  As an undergraduate, she was active in fundraising for charitable organizations benefitting homeless families and victims of child abuse.  Ms. Smith earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where she was the President and Marketing Director for the International Law Society.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Smith is a contributor to the firm’s employment publications and blog.

Community Involvement
Ms. Smith volunteers through the Orange County Bar Association.


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