ECA member firm Akinson , Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) has announced that James Baca has been elected by the partnership to serve as its next Managing Partner, beginning January 1, 2022.

Mr. Baca has been with AALRR for over 30 years and has served in many leadership positions, including Chair of the Firm’s largest practice group, the Southern California Education Law Practice Group, for over 10 years; as a member of the Executive Committee; and, most recently as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Mr. Baca is recognized as one of the most skillful attorneys in the state and has litigated precedent-setting cases over the course of his career. During his tenure as COO, AALRR has grown into one of the largest California-based law firms in the state and has attracted well-respected and talented attorneys from other prestigious law firms, as well as recruited top students from the finest law schools in the country.

AALRR has 215 attorneys in nine offices throughout the state. Its attorneys have been continuously recognized as some of the highest rated attorneys in the country in their practice areas. In addition, AALRR has been repeatedly recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion by Law360, Chambers and Partners, the California Minority Council Program and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Mark Palin, AALRR’s current Managing Partner, commented, “Jim has been integral to the firm’s growth and success and the partners are pleased to welcome him as AALRR’s next Managing Partner.”

With 40 years of client service, AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms with a diverse team bringing a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities. AALRR’s particular strength lies in the areas of education, labor and employment, construction, complex litigation, corporate, taxation, and water. Their public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties and special districts.

They also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations. At 215 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, Irvine, Marin, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego to serve clients throughout California. For more information about AALRR, visit their website at: