Steve Andelson is a founding partner of AALRR.  He has exclusively represented school and community college districts in employment, personnel, labor relations, and general school law for the past 40 years.

Mr. Andelson has served as principal legal advisor to a multitude of education institutions throughout California on issues relating to labor and public sector employment, open meeting laws, conflicts of interest, employee discipline, discrimination and harassment, collective bargaining negotiations, contract interpretation disputes, and unfair labor practice charges filed under the Educational Employment Relations Act. 

Before establishing AALRR, Mr. Andelson served as Field Counsel with the National Labor Relations Board for four years.  During that time he successfully tried cases under the National Labor Relations Act and wrote numerous administrative decisions on behalf of the NLRB on issues involving the appropriateness of employee collective bargaining units.

Mr. Andelson is the author of the book “FRISK – Fundamentals for Evaluators in Addressing Below-Standard Employee Performance.”  The FRISK book is used extensively throughout the Western United States by cities, counties, and special districts; community and state colleges; universities; school districts; county offices of education; and professional management associations as an effective and insightful resource in providing critical management feedback techniques and skills for evaluators in addressing employee performance and accountability.  The FRISK book and related training programs have received outstanding accolades from the public sector community.

For pleasure, Mr. Andelson enjoys traveling with his family and reading good books.  His ultimate desire is to take painting and ceramics classes, a long-time family passion.

Honors & Recognitions

Mr. Andelson has served on the School Employers Association of California Panel of Expert Advisors for the past 10 years. In 1992, he received special recognition from the Riverside County and San Bernardino County Offices of Education for outstanding legal services on behalf of the Inland Personnel Council, a consortium of school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education.

Mr. Andelson is highly regarded in the legal and education communities and has been selected by his peers as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics Magazine every year for the past 18 years.  

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Mr. Andelson lectures extensively before professional and university audiences, such as CSBA, ACSA, and CASBO, as well as the University of Southern California, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Los Angeles.


Mr. Andelson is the author of FRISK® Fundamentals for Evaluators in Addressing Below-Standard Employee Performance, a nationally acclaimed manual on remediating employee performance deficiencies and addressing accountability. He has written numerous articles for professional publications including National Labor Relations Board Procedures and Practices with Reference to the Educational Employment Relations Act. He is also co-editor of the quarterly publication California Education Law Update and The Legal Handbook for California School Administrators.

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Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section


J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • 1971, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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