Attorney Bio

201 S. Lake Ave
Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-583-8610 fax

12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703
562-653-3333 fax

Gabriel A. Sandoval


Gabriel Sandoval is a partner in the Pasadena and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  He represents universities, community colleges, school districts, charter school management organizations, and municipalities in a wide range of matters, including all aspects of education and employment law, and compliance with federal and state civil rights laws.

As part of his statewide law practice, Mr. Sandoval conducts investigations of employee and student complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; provides antidiscrimination trainings; and reviews and revises policies to ensure compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws.  Mr. Sandoval also assists clients achieve fair and equitable results in connection with investigations conducted by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. 

Prior to joining AALRR, Mr. Sandoval served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as Senior Advisor and Director of Policy at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  While in the Obama Administration, Mr. Sandoval also served as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education—the largest office of the federal government focused exclusively on enforcement of civil rights compliance by our nation’s schools and universities.  As part of OCR’s key management team, Mr. Sandoval worked with the Assistant Secretary and other senior staff in drafting and issuing policy guidance and managing all aspects of complex, statewide complaints and compliance reviews, which resulted in resolution agreements.

Over the course of his professional career, Mr. Sandoval has held significant positions in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors, including Deputy Legal Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he provided strategic legal and policy advice to the Mayor and his staff on a range of local, state, federal, and international matters, including litigation involving the City of Los Angeles, civil rights, education, economic development, public safety, immigrant integration, trade missions, and legislation.  Mr. Sandoval was also a federal law clerk to the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, then U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California; an employment and labor associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP; Special Assistant City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles; and Special Counsel to the Secretary of Legal Affairs for the State of California.

Mr. Sandoval received his Bachelor of Arts with departmental honors in political science from Stanford University, and earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was awarded the law school’s Human Rights Fellowship and served on the editorial board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Appointments and Awards
Mr. Sandoval has been appointed to several state and local boards, including the California Voting Modernization Board, State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority Commission, and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a non-profit charter management organization serving students from the communities of MacArthur Park, Pico Union, the Wilshire Corridor, and Echo Park. 

In 2009, he received the Regional President of the Year Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association, the nation’s largest organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic judges, attorneys, law professors, and law students in the United States and its territories. Mr. Sandoval is also a 2007 recipient of the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and has been a fellow of its Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration since 2008.  Mr. Sandoval is a 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Speaking Engagements
Mr. Sandoval has provided training to national and regional professional groups on such topics as preventing workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; understanding and responding to federal civil rights investigations; complying with ethics laws for state and local officials; and advancing equity in student discipline. Mr. Sandoval’s recent presentations include:


"Here's How Texas Should Give Its Immigration Law the Boot," NBC News (June 28, 2017)

Contra Costa College Board Makes ‘Sanctuary’ Status Official,” Mercury News (Jan. 11, 2017)

Ensuring Equity in Education,” CSUF News Center (April 28, 2016)

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