Janae D. Lopes

Associate | Fresno

Attorney Insights

Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
Vcard   | Bio

Janae Lopes is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office. She is a member of both the firm’s Labor and Employment and the Facilities and Business Practice Groups.

Ms. Lopes has a broad scope of legal experience, including preparing discovery requests and responses, pleadings, and motions. She has represented clients at various types of administrative hearings, including CalPERS and unemployment benefits appeals, and employee termination appeals. Ms. Lopes has a wide range of experience in the litigation realm of labor and employment matters.

Ms. Lopes also has experience in representing city governments, including responsibility for code compliance, opposing Pitchess Motions, and obtaining Nuisance Abatement Warrants on behalf of the City.

Ms. Lopes is a member of the American Bar Association and the Fresno County Bar Association. She is admitted to the Eastern District of California, the Southern District of California and to practice in all California courts.

Ms. Lopes earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was an articles editor for The Journal of College and University Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from University of San Diego where she graduated magna cum laude.

Part-Time Playground Positions to Join Classified Service

By: Megan MacyJanae Lopes-

November 2017 Number 76 School districts' part-time playground positions will join the classified service when Assembly Bill (AB) 670 becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Under the new law, part-time playground positions, including noon-duty aides, yard aides, noon-time assistants, and playground aides, will no longer be exempt from the classified service. The law will only apply to school districts that have not incorporated a merit system. AB 670 provides employees in part-time p...

New Law Broadens List of Sex Offenses that Lead to Immediate Suspension of Teaching Credential

By: Dulcinea GranthamJanae Lopes-

September 2017 Number 52 State lawmakers have revised the list of sex offenses that mandate the immediate suspension of a teaching credential. These changes take effect on January 1, 2018. Assembly Bill (AB) 872 adds several sex offenses to the list of offenses that lead to immediate suspension of a teaching credential, contained in Education Code section 44010. The new list includes all sex crimes requiring registration under the Sex Offender Act, as spelled out in subdivision (c) of ...

Federal Court Holds Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation is Prohibited under Title VII

By: Gabriela FlowersJanae Lopes-

April 2017 Number 18 In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (7th Cir., April 14, 2017, No. 15-1720) ___ F.3d ___ < http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit =Display&Path=Y2017/ D04-04/C:15-1720:J:Wood:aut:T:fnOp:N:1942256:S:0>, a federal appeals court evaluated whether federal antidiscrimination laws protect an individual against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation under Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)). In a landmark decision, t...