Four AALRR Attorneys Named 2022 San Diego Super Lawyers and one a Rising Star


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been recognized as top attorneys in their fields by San Diego Super Lawyers. Jonathan Andrews, Brian Martin, Michael O’Connor, and Christina Semmer have been named to the 2022 San Diego Super Lawyers list, and Amy Estrada has been named a Rising Star.

“We are very pleased that our San Diego attorneys are getting the recognition they very much deserve,” commented Managing Partner James Baca. “This group of fine lawyers is representative of the exceptional standards and service our firm brings to every one of our clients.”

Jonathan Andrews advises and represents 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. Mr. Andrews’ peers have consistently selected him as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in San Diego and voted to include him on the lists of San Diego Super Lawyers in the area of labor and employment every year since 2009.

Brian Martin’s practice includes complex and class action defense, commercial and business litigation, corporate litigation, advise and counseling on corporate separations, environmental litigation, intellectual property litigation, and employment-based claims involving wage and hour, employment mobility and trade secret issues. Mr. Martin has been recognized on the San Diego Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation every year since 2013.

Michael J. O’Connor Jr. represents businesses and employers throughout California in class and representative actions, regulatory and commercial proceedings, and with regard to employment-based claims ranging from alleged discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to employee mobility and trade secret-related disputes. Mr. O’Connor has been recognized on the San Diego Super Lawyers list every year since 2013.

Christina Semmer is an experienced employment and business litigator, advisor, and problem-solver. Her employment law practice focuses on representing employers through good times and bad, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour violations, in a variety of venues (federal and state courts, arbitration, mediation, and administrative proceedings). Ms. Semmer was named to the list of San Diego Super Lawyers in 2021, as well.

Amy Estrada represents school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges in San Diego, Orange, and Imperial counties. This is Ms. Estrada’s first time being recognized as a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
With more than 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. With more than 220 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:

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