Ashley N. Emerzian
Ashley N. Emerzian is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Fresno office. Ms. Emerzian provides a wide array of services to the firm's school district clients, with a focus on general counsel and labor and employment matters. She handles certificated and classified employee discipline and advises clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment law. She also sits at the bargaining table on behalf of management and regularly advises clients regarding negotiations strategy and collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, Ms. Emerzian has significant experience in drafting school administrator employment agreements. In particular, Ms. Emerzian has extensive knowledge of CalSTRS and CalPERS laws governing creditable service, creditable compensation and post-retirement employment matters.
For 2013, 2014 and 2015, Ms. Emerzian was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, less than two and a half percent of lawyers in California receive this designation.
Articles & Publications
"Creditable Compensation Regs FAQ" - Education California, Vol. 45 Num. 16, Association of California School Administrators (January 26, 2015)
"CalSTRS Creditable Service Alert: Positions Not Eligible" - Small School Districts' Association November/December 2013
Ms. Emerzian regularly provides presentations and trainings for school district administrators, staff and school boards on a range of topics including CalSTRS, CalPERS & PEPRA, sexual harassment, investigation procedures and complaint processes, employee discipline, board governance and mandated reporting. Ms. Emerzian has been a guest speaker for the Association of California School Administrators and various county offices of education.
Ms. Emerzian received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif for high academic performance. During law school she earned the UC Davis Public Interest Law Certificate as well as several Witkin awards for academic excellence. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Global Studies.
Ms. Emerzian is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.
In her spare time, Ms. Emerzian is committed to serving her community through volunteer work. She currently serves as the Board President for Fresno Barrios Unidos, a local non-profit which provides programs to assist youth in overcoming barriers to success in health, education and civic engagement. She is also an organizer for the UC Davis School of Law Fresno Alumni Network. Additionally, the Board of Trustees for the State Bar of California appointed Ms. Emerzian to serve on the California Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors, representing District 5 from 2013-2016.