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 public entity clients, with a focus on general counsel and labor and employment matters on behalf of school districts. She handles certificated and classified employee discipline and terminations. Additionally, she advises clients regarding leaves of absence and compliance with state and federal employment law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Family Rights Act and anti-discrimination laws. She also advises clients regarding negotiations, collective bargaining agreements and administrator contracts. In particular, Ms. Emerzian has extensive knowledge of CalSTRS and CalPERS laws governing creditable service, creditable compensation and post-retirement employment matters.
In 2013 and 2014, 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.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Emerzian worked as a general civil litigation attorney, litigating cases in both state and Federal court. 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.
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 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.
In her spare time, Ms. Emerzian is committed to serving her community through volunteer work. She is a current board member of Fresno Barrios Unidos, a local non-profit focusing on providing programs to assist disadvantaged youth in overcoming barriers to success in health, education and civic engagement. She is 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. Ms. Emerzian has also served as a board member for the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association.