AALRR Adds Three Notable Partners to San Diego Labor and Employment Practice


Jonathan Andrews, Brian Martin and Joseph Pelochino advise California’s largest public utilities, the state’s largest healthcare company and other prominent organizations

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Nov. 4, 2020 – Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (“AALRR”), is pleased to announce the addition of three new partners to its private sector labor and employment practice in the firm’s San Diego office. Jonathan Andrews, a founding partner of Andrews, Lagasse Branch & Bell, and partners Brian Martin and Joseph Pelochino further expand AALRR’s statewide labor and employment presence. AALRR’s labor and employment practice has grown by more than 50% in just 18 months since the firm launched an aggressive expansion initiative for the San Diego and Northern California markets.

"Two years ago we moved our office from Rancho Bernardo to La Jolla with a goal of growing our footprint and attracting the best talent that the San Diego legal market has to offer,” said AALRR Managing Partner Mark Palin. “The addition of Jon, Brian and Joe furthers that goal and demonstrates our commitment to providing a deep bench of top-tier local attorney expertise for our clients. Jon is well-recognized for his years of outstanding work, and each attorney brings exceptional skill and impressive professional credentials that will fit perfectly with our growing San Diego practice."

“I am extremely excited to join a firm so deeply committed to diversity in the legal profession, in addition to providing such outstanding, collaborative client service,” said Jonathan Andrews.

Jonathan Andrews - Andrews is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, and employee mobility/trade secret litigation and counseling. He has consistently been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in San Diego. His representations include California’s largest healthcare company and several of its largest public utilities, as well as many other businesses throughout California. After cofounding his firm, Andrews was instrumental in growing it to more than 35 lawyers and until recently served as its sole managing partner. He is deeply committed to volunteering and serving the San Diego community, and with his wife, Dawn, was recently named 2020 Big Champions by Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego.

Brian Martin - Martin’s litigation practice includes complex and class action defense, large-scale business litigation, environmental litigation, intellectual property litigation, and employment litigation. He also regularly represents business with regard to environmental, health and safety, and other regulatory concerns and investigations.

Joseph Pelochino - Pelochino represents clients in employment-related claims and litigation, including claims for wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation, as well as class and representative wage and hour claims. He also represents companies and individuals in trade secret and employee mobility matters, including non-compete and non-solicitation issues.

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
With 40 years of unwavering commitment to client service, AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms. Our diverse team brings a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities, with particular strength in the areas of education, labor and employment, construction, complex litigation, corporate, taxation, and water. Our public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties and special districts. We also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations. At 200 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, Irvine, Marin, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego to serve our clients throughout California. For more information about AALRR, visit our website at www.aalrr.com.


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