Paul 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.  

Honors & 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.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & 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.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • CSBA Attorneys' Advisory Committee, Member
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • La Raza Lawyers of the East Bay and San Francisco, Member


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
B.A., California State University, Hayward


  • 1973, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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