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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.

  • 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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  • Guy Bryant’s principal areas of specialty include education law, labor law, and civil litigation. Over the past 25 years, Guy’s practice has included education law compliance for school districts, community college districts, and general business litigation.

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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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  • Georgelle Cuevas regularly assists school districts and county offices of education navigating the requirements of the Education Code, Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and conflict of interest laws.

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  • Michael Cullen’s practice focuses on special education, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and student issues. Mr. Cullen represents school districts at IEP team meetings, resolution sessions, due process hearings, Section 504 meetings, and expulsion hearings.

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  • Michael Davis is an associate in the Pleasanton office. He represents California school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts. His focus on education law includes general liability and employment issues.

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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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  • Robert Fried

    Partner

    Office: Pleasanton

    925-251-8515
    rfried@aalrr.com

    Robert is a partner in the Pleasanton office. In addition to his litigation practice as defense counsel, mediator and expert witness...

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  • Todd Goluba is a partner with AALRR’s Pleasanton office and heads the firm’s Northern California Education Law Practice Group. Mr. Goluba has over 22 years of experience in education law and serves as outside General Counsel to over 25 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education throughout Northern and Central California.

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  • Janice J. Hein

    Senior Counsel

    Office: Pleasanton

    925.227.9200
    jhein@aalrr.com

    Janice Hein represents school districts, community colleges, county offices of education, and regional occupational programs, with an emphasis on labor and personnel issues.

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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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  • Beth Lind is a partner in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She is an experienced labor and employment attorney who regularly works with both private and public sector clients.

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  • 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.

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  • Peter Lucey retired from practice in 2012.

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  • Anthony Niccoli is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Niccoli has extensive experience representing contractors, subcontractors, school districts, public entities, and special districts for a full range of construction issues, including licensing, contract drafting and negotiations, bid disputes, responsive and responsibility issues, change order disputes, terminations, and indemnity obligations and claims.

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  • Chesley Quaide is a partner and the Partner-in-Charge of the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Quaide focuses on education law and labor relations and employment/labor law.

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  • Elizabeth Rho-Ng is a partner in the Northern California offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Rho-Ng represents California public school districts, county offices of education, private schools, community college districts and special education local plan areas in various aspects of education law, specializing in special education and student issues.

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  • Marleen Sacks is a partner in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Sacks has over 20 years of experience in education and labor law, specializing in employee discipline, student rights and litigation related to employment and education matters.

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  • Lawrence M. Schoenke is a member of the firm’s Northern California Public Sector Practice Group and works in the Pleasanton office. With more than 25 years of experience in education law, Mr. Schoenke has represented over 200 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education.

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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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  • Michael E. Turner

    Associate

    Office: Pleasanton

    925.583.8600
    mturner@aalrr.com

    Michael Turner is an associate in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Turner represents school districts and county offices of education in education law, with a concentration in special education and student issues.

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  • Jonathan Vick is a partner in the Cerritos and Pleasanton offices. Mr. Vick is a member of the Facilities, Construction and Property Practice Group and has more than 27 years of experience in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

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