Daniel M. McElhinney

Partner | San Luis Obispo

Tel: 805.788.9620
Fax: 805.930.1031
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Daniel M. McElhinney is a Partner at Lozano Smith. He provides counsel to school districts in a variety of areas, including labor, employment and governance.


Mr. McElhinney regularly advises clients on matters related to employee relations, collective bargaining, investigations, Brown Act, Public Records Act, student issues and First Amendment rights. He is also a certified mediator and has experience with alternative dispute resolution. Mr. McElhinney can assist in effective pre-litigation problem solving.

Presenter Experience

Mr. McElhinney is a frequent presenter on behalf of clients and statewide associations. Representative topics include the Uniform Complaint Process, AB 1266, sexual harassment prevention, and best practices for non-discrimination and legal protections for transgender students.

Community Service

As an AmeriCorp member in the Central Coast Volunteer Corps, Mr. McElhinney worked with nonprofits developing new programs and building organizational capacity.


Mr. McElhinney earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his B.A. from Saint Mary's College.

Episode 69 Bargaining Basics - Meeting at the Table

By: Daniel McElhinneyKara Walton-

Designed for new administrators and/or those new to the bargaining table, co-host Joshua Whiteside is joined by Lozano Smith attorneys Daniel McElhinney and Kara Walton to discuss the basics of bargaining. Topics include figuring out who should be on the bargaining team, how to identify a lead negotiator, what type of contract negotiations can occur, and strategies to foster good processes and outcomes.