Jonah Lalas

Jonah J. Lalas

Partner · (626) 796-7555 ext.124

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, Summa Cum Laude
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Hon. Dolly M. Gee, United States District Court, Central District of California
Hon. Nathanael Cousins, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Jonah’s practice focuses on representing workers and public and private sector unions through advice, representation and advocacy in arbitrations, administrative hearings, factfinding hearings, and litigation in state and federal courts.

Before becoming an attorney, Jonah was a union organizer.  He first joined a Los Angeles-based local of the Service Employees International Union, and organized private sector healthcare workers across Southern California.  He then moved to Texas where, as organizing director of a joint SEIU/AFSCME local, he led a campaign to organize over 13,000 City of Houston public sector employees.  The historic first contract from that effort included improved wages and benefits, and a strengthened voice on the job for city employees. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) recognized the work he and the team accomplished in Houston with the Philip Vera Cruz Award, which is given to outstanding AAPI union organizers whose work honors the memory of Filipino labor leader and farmworker Philip Vera Cruz.

Jonah attended Berkeley Law School, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.  Jonah clerked for Bay Area labor law firms and was the Senior Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal for Employment and Labor Law.  He then spent two years at a San Francisco-based law firm representing whistleblowers against companies that committed fraud against government entities.

Bar Admissions: California