Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. May 2018, Vol 32, No. 3

Message From the Chair

By Thomas A. Lenz

Thomas Lenz is a partner in the Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo law firm (Cerritos and Pasadena offices). He advises and represents employers on labor and employment law. He attended Marquette University (B.A.) and Louisiana State University Law Center (J.D.). He began his career with National Labor Relations Board Region 21 (Los Angeles). He teaches at the USC Gould School of Law. Serving the Section since 2012, he has participated in conferences and presentations as well as programming and appearances on the Your Legal Rights radio show (KALW-FM 91.7 San Francisco and on topics of workplace law.

As I start to write this Message, I have just completed 26 years at my law firm. How can that be? Who stays anywhere for 26 years?

Two of my firm’s founding partners met working at the National Labor Relations Board where, coincidentally, I began working years later. They took separate paths into private practice before coming together to form my firm. I joined when we were 25 lawyers and three offices. We are now nine offices and over 180 lawyers. We considered it careful, opportunity-based growth, but, in retrospect, it has been fast and amazing.

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