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Lozano Smith Names New Partner and Senior Counsel

Fresno, CA (October 1, 2015) - Lozano Smith, LLP, one of California's leading education and public agency law firms, has promoted Jenell Van Bindsbergen to Partner and Manuel F. Martinez to Senior Counsel. Ms. Van Bindsbergen is based inFresno and joins 23 other partners throughout the firm's nine offices, while Mr. Martinez is based in the firm's Walnut Creek office.

Ms. Van Bindsbergen joined Lozano Smith in 2006 and primarily practices in local government and labor and employment issues. She is experienced with matters relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pitchess motions, OSHA matters, code enforcement, harassment, and discrimination issues, layoffs, administrative and court trials for certificated, civil service and classified dismissals, public safety and grievance issues. Ms. Van Bindsbergen is also a former Co-Chair of the firm's Local Government Practice Group.

Mr. Martinez joined the firm in January 2012 and is currently co-chair of the firm's Technology and Innovation Practice Group. His practice focuses on charter schools, student issues, and facilities and business. He is experienced all areas of civil litigation, trial practice, and appellate work. Manuel is skilled in various aspects of facilities and business law, including construction finance negotiations, zoning and land-use issues, lease agreements, and CEQA. Mr. Martinez also advises clients regarding the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and elections.

"Both Jenell and Manuel have proven themselves time and again to be skilled at legal problem solving, while serving in the best interests of clients," saidKaren Rezendes Tannehill, Managing Partner of Lozano Smith. "We are excited about these new roles for both attorneys, and the continued benefit they bring to clients throughout the state."

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, 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 9 California locations: Bakersfield, 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.