5075 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
2485 Natomas Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Paul Loya is a partner in the firm’s Pleasanton and Sacramento offices. Mr. Loya represents private and public employers as legal counsel and as labor management negotiator. He represents schools and colleges in all matters, including litigation, PERB proceedings, general law matters, business matters, and dismissal cases.
Mr. Loya has handled complex litigation, including successful trial and appellate advocacy through the California and U.S. Supreme Courts, involving matters from employee dismissals, federal civil rights trials, and student discrimination cases to tax, fee assessment, and environmental impact cases. He was lead counsel in a precedent-setting case in which a California tenured teacher was fired solely for incompetency. He has also represented public entities in many other areas of law, from environmental issues to public construction matters. Mr. Loya has represented 22 community college districts and has served as chief negotiator for eight districts with over 17 different unions. He has advocated for community colleges in numerous court and PERB cases.
Mr. Loya earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from California State University, Hayward. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He was a member of the Law Review and was honored as a Major Walter Dinkelspiel Scholar. He chaired the La Raza Law Students Association, which started legal centers for Spanish-speakers in Richmond and San Francisco.
Mr. Loya is a member of the State Bar of California, Alameda County Bar Association, Eastern Alameda County Bar Association, and La Raza Lawyers of the East Bay and San Francisco. Mr. Loya currently serves on the Attorneys’ Advisory Committee to the CSBA Legal Alliance and is an active member of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Awards and Recognitions
San Francisco Magazine recognized Mr. Loya as a Law and Politics Northern California “Super Lawyer.” Bay Area Lawyers recognized Mr. Loya as a top litigator.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Loya has lectured on various aspects of employment law throughout California, including at the University of California, the University of Southern California, and for a variety of employer groups at the state and national levels. Mr. Loya has been extensively involved in training in higher education, including at CCLC trustee and administrator conferences and conferences for community college CEOs. He conducts Brown Act training for individual districts and at ACHRO and other conferences.
Mr. Loya has written numerous articles on school law and collective bargaining. He is a contributing author of California Public Sector Labor Relations, a Matthew Bender publication.