12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
2485 Natomas Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Nate Kowalski is a Partner in the Cerritos office and Chair of the firm’s Public Entity Labor and Employment Practice Group. He is an accomplished litigator who represents employers in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Kowalski has litigated hundreds of sensitive and complex labor and employment cases in state and federal courts and has achieved remarkable results for his clients in hearings, arbitrations, trials and appeals.
Mr. Kowalski also represents private and public sector employers in wage and hour litigation, including class actions. He has developed a unique expertise concerning the application of California's wage and hour laws to public agencies. He was the lead counsel in a groundbreaking appellate case, Johnson v. Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (2009) 174 Cal. App. 4th 729, which established that California's overtime and meal period requirements do not apply to the public sector. He also co-authored a chapter on wage and hour law for a treatise published by LexisNexis, California Public Sector Employment Law.
University of Michigan (Juris Doctor & Bachelor of Arts). He was a trumpet performance major as an undergraduate and performed with various ensembles throughout college and law school.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2016, the national publication Law360 profiled Mr. Kowalski, acknowledging his success in building his practice while maintaining close relationships with and quality service to his existing clients. The article, “Rainmaker Q&A: Atkinson Andelson's Nate Kowalski,” highlights Mr. Kowalski’s perseverance and thoughtfulness, as well as AALRR’s unique strengths.
In 2011 and 2013, the Daily Journal named Mr. Kowalski to its list of the Top 75 labor and employment lawyers in California, highlighting cases he handled on behalf of Ralphs Grocery Company (defense verdict in disability discrimination arbitration), the San Diego Superior Court (denial of writ of mandate after union challenged layoffs imposed by the Court) and the Los Angeles Superior Court (summary judgment in a sex discrimination case brought by three Court employees).
Also in 2011 and 2013, the Daily Journal named Mr. Kowalski to its list of the top municipal lawyers in California, spotlighting his representation of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (summary judgment in employment retaliation lawsuit), the City of San Bernardino (concerning wage reductions imposed by the City) and the City of Long Beach (concerning furloughs imposed by the City).
For the last five years, Mr. Kowalski has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list. This list honors lawyers who have attracted a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Chambers USA has also named Mr. Kowalski to its list of the top labor and employment lawyers in California. Citing client feedback, Mr. Kowalski was described in the Chambers guide as “adept, forthright and analytical.”
Mr. Kowalski’s accomplishments include the following:
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Kowalski has published articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, California Labor and Employment Review, California Special District Magazine, California Public Employee Relations Journal, California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Alerts and California Lawyer. His recent articles include:
Mr. Kowalski also has given presentations to a number of industry and professional groups, including the National Human Resources Association, the National Employment Law Institute, the International Public Management Association and the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association.