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Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo seeks to employ individuals with strong analytical and writing skills, solid academic credentials, and a genuine interest in the practice of management defense in the areas of employment, labor, construction, education, real estate, general business and business litigation, corporate, taxation, and bankruptcy.

Associates at our firm are generally vested with significant responsibility much earlier in their careers, and may advance more quickly, than attorneys at other law firms. New attorneys may have the opportunity to conduct negotiations with government agencies and opposing counsel, obtain courtroom experience, and become involved in firm marketing opportunities, as well as complete legal research and writing projects. This involvement allows them to acquire and refine their legal skills early in their careers. Our team approach involves associates in the handling of client matters — from conducting initial investigations, to developing a defense theory, planning and carrying out strategy, and trying the case or negotiating a settlement.

  • Lisa R. Allred is a partner in the Sacramento and Marin offices. A specialist in education law, she represents school districts, colleges, and universities in a number of different capacities.

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  • Meredith Brown has more than 25 years of experience representing public agencies and private institutions. Ms. Brown’s principal areas of specialization include general litigation, local government law for California public agencies, and construction law.

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  • Bryce Chastain, a partner in the Pleasanton, Sacramento, and Marin offices, focuses on complex matters in construction law, from site investigation and acquisition, through design and construction, to post-completion defect, warranty, and premises liability matters.

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  • Elizabeth A. Estes is Of Counsel in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Estes represents school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

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  • Deborah Ettinger is Of Counsel in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Ettinger represents California public school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas. Ms. Ettinger specializes in education law, with a focus on special education and student issues.

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  • Jennifer Fain is the partner in charge of the Marin office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents educational agencies in the areas of special education and anti-discrimination.

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  • Davina Harden is a partner in AALRR's Marin and Cerritos offices, where she represents California public school districts in all aspects of education and employment law. She has broad expertise in all matters related to charter schools and works closely with school districts and county offices of education on a full range of issues pertaining to the Charter Schools Act.

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  • Christine Huntoon is an associate in the Marin and Pleasanton offices. Ms. Huntoon represents California public school districts and county offices of education.

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  • Theodore Lieu advises public and private sector clients on a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Lieu represents California community college districts, universities and school districts in education-related matters, providing advice and counsel concerning business, construction, public works, procurement, and technology related matters

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  • Kimberly Schulist is a senior associate in the Marin and Pleasanton offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Schulist represents school districts and county offices of education throughout California, with a focus on special education, student discipline, and related education law matters.

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