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Alan Romero Honored with CELA Torch Award

Alan Romero was recently honored by the California Employment Lawyers Association with the CELA Torch Award in recognition for his years of service as Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions, including cases involving unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing. CELA helps its members protect and expand the legal rights and opportunities of working women and men through litigation, education and advocacy.

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Alan Romero Obtains $8,155,000 Jury Verdict Against LA Sheriff’s Dept. in FEHA Retaliation Case

Alan Romero made history today as he obtained a $8,155,000 jury verdict in favor of his client, LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Rodriguez.

The jury was unanimous in its findings that the LA Sheriff’s Department engaged in unlawful retaliation and harassment against Deputy Rodriguez, who had complained about unlawful race-based police stops at City of Industry Station in 2014.

The jury found true the allegations that now-Undersheriff Timothy Murakami began a campaign of harassment and retaliation against Deputy Rodriguez, which ranged from launching multiple Internal Affairs investigations against him, harassing him at his home off of work hours, and falsely accusing Deputy Rodriguez of pulling out his gun and threatening to kill an unarmed suspect.

The County of Los Angeles is expected to appeal.

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Alan J. Romero Recognized as an AV-Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell®

Romero Law, APC is glad to announce that firm founder Alan J. Romero has been recognized by his peers and Martindale-Hubbell® with an AV Preeminent Rating.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Individuals seeking legal counsel, as well as attorneys looking to refer a colleague, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.

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Alan J. Romero Named to Southwestern Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors

Romero Law, APC is proud to announce that Southwestern Law School has selected Alan J. Romero as a Director-at-Large of its Alumni Board of Directors.  Mr. Romero, a member of the Class of 2006, was a graduate of Southwestern’s SCALE Program, the only 2-year ABA-accredited JD of its kind.  Mr. Romero looks forward to the opportunity to give back to Southwestern, a law school that provided substantial financial and academic opportunities to his much younger self, when law school very much seemed outside the realm of possibilities on a number of levels.  Alas, times change, as do circumstances, and Mr. Romero is grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward.

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Romero Law, APC Collaborates with Girardi & Keese in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against 24 Fitness USA, Inc.

Alan J. Romero of Romero Law, APC has co-counseled with John A. Girardi of Girardi & Keese to prosecute a wrongful death action against 24 Fitness USA, Inc. and a related entity.

The complaint, filed in the Superior Court for the County of Riverside, alleges that 24 Fitness failed to comply with applicable California law requiring the existence and proper maintenance of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices in health clubs, with adequately-trained staff on-hand.

As described in the complaint, Estiban Mejia was a 24 year old married man who experienced a cardiac event in the Riverside 24 Fitness location and later expired, leaving behind a young widow and two infants.  Representing the estate of the decedent, along with his widow and two young children, Romero Law, APC and Girardi & Keese allege, by and through the complaint, that 24 Fitness negligently failed to rescue the Mr. Mejia due to avoidable negligence on the part of the health club.

As 24 Hour Fitness was involved in another near-fatal failure to rescue a club patron with an AED device at another location, there is reason to believe that there exists the likelihood of substantial harm to individuals or the public interest as a result of these alleged violations of California Health & Safety Code § 104113.  Any member of the public with knowledge or evidence of similar alleged violations pertaining to AED devices at such a health studio are advised to consult with this office.

The case is entitled Sandy Hernandez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1507931.