Janae D. Castellani

Senior Counsel | Fresno

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Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
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Janae Castellani is Senior Counsel 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. Castellani assists clients through both Certificated and Classified employee discipline, including representing clients in employee dismissal proceedings. Ms. Castellani has experience advising school districts regarding the Brown Act, employee leave rights, negotiations, investigations and CalPERS and CalSTRS retirement issues.


Ms. Castellani has a wide range of experience in the litigation realm, including preparing discovery requests and responses, pleadings, and motions and has represented clients at various types of administrative hearings.

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


Ms. Castellani is admitted to the Eastern District of California, the Southern District of California and to practice in all California courts.


Ms. Castellani 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. Ms. Castellani has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

No Vested Right to Retiree Benefits Where Plan Included Anti-Vesting Language

By: Wiley DriskillJanae Castellani-

Governor Newsom Relaxes Procedural Requirements for Hiring Retired Teachers

By: Sochie GrahamDarren KameyaJanae Castellani-

New Law Clarifies That Paid Administrative Leave is Creditable for CalSTRS

By: Thomas MannielloJanae Castellani-

Creditable Compensation for Paid Administrative Leave Under Review by CalSTRS

By: Thomas MannielloJanae Castellani-

Appellate Court Refuses To Enforce An Indemnity Provision Included In Consultant Agreement It Considers To Be Unfair To Consultant Plaintiffs

By: Janae Castellani-

Final Rule Increases Minimum Salary Threshold For FLSA Overtime Exemptions

By: Gabriela FlowersJanae Castellani-

Court Reaffirms Absences To Attend Medical Appointments May Be Evidence Of A Disability

By: Dulcinea GranthamJanae Castellani-

Part-Time Playground Positions Now Part of Classified Service for All School Employers

By: Sarah KaatzJanae Castellani-

Part-Time Playground Positions to Join Classified Service

By: Megan MacyJanae Castellani-

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

By: Dulcinea GranthamJanae Castellani-

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

By: Gabriela FlowersJanae Castellani-