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Lozano Smith Elects New Managing Partner

Walnut Creek, California, (January 6, 2015) - Lozano Smith, LLP, one of California's leading education and public agency law firms, has named Karen M. Rezendes Tannehill, Managing Partner. Ms. Rezendes Tannehill succeeds Gregory Wedner who will continue to serve as the firm's chief litigator in addition to various leadership positions within the firm.

As Managing Partner, Ms. Rezendes Tannehill will be responsible for overseeing the firm including client services, long-term planning, firm operations, and attorney development to assure that Lozano Smith continues in its position as the premier law firm representing public agencies. She will maintain her very active board governance and labor and employment practice, focusing on preventive measures and positive labor relations.

"Karen is an outstanding attorney and a highly respected leader who has a deep understanding of our public agency clients, having served as an in-house legal counsel and the human resources director for a K-12 public school district and a county office of education," said Louis Lozano, Founding Partner of Lozano Smith. "Karen's leadership and vision will allow us to build upon our deserved reputation as a law firm of creative problem solvers, and passionate advocates for public education and local government."

In its 27 year history, Lozano Smith has grown to 73 attorneys in eight offices stretching from San Diego to Redding. "We are well positioned for many years to come, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our talented team moving forward," said Karen Rezendes Tannehill, Managing Partner of Lozano Smith. "Our firm is filled with visionaries who are uncommonly committed to the success of our clients. We will continue to focus on advancing our clients' work on behalf of local communities and school children throughout the state."

Ms. Rezendes Tannehill received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to her law firm experience, she has also served as an arbitrator, hearing officer, pro tem Superior Court Judge, and Director of Human Resources and General Legal Counsel for a County Office of Education and a K-12 public school district. She will be the keynote speaker at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Negotiators' and Negotiation Teams' Symposium, The Bridge to Student Success, in San Diego, California, January 14-16, 2015.


About Lozano Smith
Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California's K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. The firm's expertise includes, but is not limited to, personnel matters, labor relations, technology, real property and construction matters, constitutional issues, special education, student discipline, school funding, charter schools, bond elections, governance, and litigation in all areas of representation. Lozano Smith has offices in 8 California locations: Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Petaluma, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego and Walnut Creek. For more information about Lozano Smith or to see full attorney bios, visit or find us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download the Lozano Smith App.