Michael Smith to present at the CSBA Legal Symposium for Experienced Board Members

Join Michael Smith at the Legal Symposium for Experienced Board Members at the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday, December 4 between 10:00 – 11:00am.

Shake On It: Contracts, Agreements & Evaluations
Establishing the contractual relationship with the Superintendent is one of the most critical roles of a school board. In addition to covering standard contract terms and requirements such as length of the contract, renewal, levels of compensation, buy outs due to early termination, this workshop will address best governance practices related to evaluation and separation. As your district embraces the Common Core State Standards, holding your students accountable for a more rigorous paradigm, it is imperative that your leadership is, similarly, held accountable with equal rigor. What language must be embedded into the superintendent’s contract to demonstrate that all education professionals are held accountable for student achievement? These critical questions will be discussed by this legal panel.

More details can be found here.

Lozano Smith Attorneys Named 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Fresno, Calif., (July 8, 2013)Lozano Smith, LLP, a leading California education and public agency law firm, announced today that five attorneys from its statewide offices have been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, less than five percent of the lawyers in the state receive the Super Lawyers designation, while less than two and a half percent of lawyers receive the Rising Star designation.

Lozano Smith attorneys selected to the 2013 Super Lawyers List include:
Louis T. Lozano, Partner, Northern California Super Lawyer
Gregory A. Wedner, Partner, Northern California Super Lawyer
Laurie A. Avedisian, Partner, Rising Star
Marisa R. Lincoln, Senior Counsel, Rising Star
Ashley N. Emerzian, Associate, Rising Star

Louis T. Lozano and Gregory A. Wedner were both selected as Northern California Super Lawyers. Mr. Lozano, a revered attorney practicing in Monterey known for his labor negotiation skills, has been named by California Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in California for the eighth consecutive year. Mr. Wedner, Managing Partner of Lozano Smith, LLP, practices primarily out of the North Bay and Sacramento offices where he regularly serves as the lead litigator on behalf of public agencies, specializing in employment matters and all other areas of education and municipal law.

“We are truly humbled to receive this recognition and grateful that our passion for public education allows us to serve clients and improve the quality of education for our communities along the way,” says Louis Lozano. “We are also very excited for our three Rising Stars who have all shown a high level of expertise and commitment to clients.”

Laurie A. Avedisian practices out of the Fresno office, and serves as City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney for a number of Central Valley clients. Ms. Avedisian is also co- chair of the firm’s Local Government Practice Group and the Board President of the Fresno County Bar Association. Marisa R. Lincoln is Senior Counsel in the Walnut Creek office where she specializes in personnel/labor relations and charter school law. Ms. Lincoln is a specialist in the area of classified and certificated personnel matters. Ashley N. Emerzian represents clients from the Fresno office in both municipal and education law, specializing in local government, litigation and labor and employment issues. Ms. Emerzian will serve on the Board of Directors for the California Young Lawyers Association beginning October 2013.

About Lozano Smith

Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California’s K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. Established in 1988, the firm prides itself on fostering longstanding relationships with administrators and public officials, while advising and counseling on complex and ever-changing laws. Ultimately, this allows clients to stay focused on what matters most – the success of their district, students and communities they serve. Lozano Smith has offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Redding, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Diego and Walnut Creek. For more information about Lozano Smith or to see full attorney bios, visit www.LozanoSmith.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download the Lozano Smith App.

Louis T. Lozano Named to Super Lawyers

Long-time Attorney and Educator Receives Seventh Consecutive Super Lawyer Honor

Monterey, Calif., (July 19, 2012) – Louis T. Lozano, respected education attorney practicing in Monterey County, has been named by California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California for 2012. This is the seventh consecutive year that Mr. Lozano has received this honor of being named a Northern California Super Lawyer. Only five percent of attorneys in the state receive this honor. Mr. Lozano was the only recipient of this prestigious recognition in Northern California practicing in the area of Schools and Education law.

Mr. Lozano’s career began as a school teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. For more than 30 years he has been at the forefront of important legal issues in education law including school funding, land use and developer fees. He is best known for his labor negotiation skills and has resolved many serious labor disputes, avoiding costly strikes for his clients.

Regarding this honor, Mr. Lozano says “I have a strong passion and love for public education, which initially brought me to this area of law. It is extremely satisfying to help improve the quality of education for our communities by working closely with school board members and administrators.”

Each year the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

About Lozano Smith

Established in 1988, Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California’s K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. The firm’s expertise includes personnel matters, labor relations, real property and construction matters, constitutional issues, special education, student discipline, school funding, charter schools, bond elections, governance and litigation in all areas of representation. Lozano Smith has offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Redding, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Diego and Walnut Creek. For more information about Lozano Smith or to see full attorney bios, visit LozanoSmith.com or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/LozanoSmith.

Lozano Smith Welcomes Coveted Attorney

Firm Continues to Strengthen its Northern California Presence and Public Agency Expertise

Fresno, CA (May 22, 2012) – Lozano Smith is pleased to announce that it has added Steve Ngo as a new attorney to its Santa Rosa office.

Mr. Ngo has joined the firm as Senior Counsel and will provide a full range of legal advice and services to California’s K-12 and community college districts, universities, and cities, counties, and special districts. He is a skilled litigator with a broad range of experience, representing clients in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Ngo received his Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law. He has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, from UCLA.

“Steve is an incredible addition to our firm with his passion for public agencies,” said Andy Garcia, Executive Director of Lozano Smith. “His significant expertise will prove to be invaluable for our clients and their desire to be successful in every endeavor.”

About the Lozano Smith
Established in 1988, Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California’s K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. The firm’s expertise includes personnel matters, labor relations, real property and construction matters, constitutional issues, special education, student discipline, school funding, charter schools, bond elections, governance and litigation in all areas of representation. Lozano Smith has offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Redding, San Diego and Walnut Creek. For more information about Lozano Smith or to see full attorney bios, visit http://www.LozanoSmith.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LozanoSmith.

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