Our Attorneys are Diverse and Passionate

Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez is composed of a unique make-up of attorneys with extensive legal experience, which enables the firm to provide clients with expert legal guidance quickly, economically and efficiently. All of our attorneys are dedicated to making meaningful differences in their communities, with many serving as activists for various ethnic, legal and community groups.

As specialists in several legal practice areas, including Corporate, Education and Public Law, we attracts the best and brightest lawyers throughout the nation to each of its West Coast and Southwest city offices.

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Bonifacio Bonny Garcia

managing partner and founder
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bgarcia@ghslaw.com

213/ 347-0210


Bonifacio Bonny Garcia is the managing partner and a founder of Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney. Although he also heads the firm’s Glendale office, Garcia has extensive experience representing school districts, community college districts, special districts, cities and other governmental entities throughout the state of California.

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Mary T. Hernández

equity partner and founder
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mhernandez@ghslaw.com

510/ 695-2802


Mary T. Hernández is a founding partner of Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney, LLP and heads the San Francisco Bay Area office. Hernandez serves as legal counsel to school, county and community college districts as well as nonprofit organizations and charter schools throughout California.

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Nitasha Kaur Sawhney

equity partner
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nsawhney@ghslaw.com

510/ 695-2802


Nitasha Kaur Sawhney practices in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area offices in California, advising clients on all aspects of labor and employment matters. Sawhney specializes in labor negotiations, contract grievances, hiring and discipline matters, leaves of absences and health, and retiree benefit matters. Sawhney also frequently advises clients on charter school and nonprofit matters as well as general governance, strategic planning and policy implementation. Sawhney serves as legal counsel to public school districts, community college districts, private universities and charter schools throughout the state.

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Erika Anderson

partner
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eanderson@ghslaw.com

619/ 564-8400


Erika Anderson is a partner in the San Diego office of Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of education law, litigation, and labor and employment. Anderson has experience in private business litigation matters involving international contract law and foreign jurisdiction. Anderson has also worked closely with numerous school districts across the state to help mitigate ongoing cuts in state funding, including contract negotiations with labor unions, engaging in impasse proceedings and fact finding, and advising school districts on matters of employment law and grievance processing.

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Aerobel Banuelos

partner
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abanuelos@ghslaw.com

619/ 564-8400


Aerobel Banuelos is a partner in the San Diego office of Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney, LLP. Her practice covers most aspects of transactional work relating to public agency and special district representation, including water law issues, public works and purchasing issues, and real property issues. Banuelos frequently represents the Oxnard School District, Garvey School District and other firm clients in finance and transactional matters.

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Danielle Charles

attorney
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dcharles@ghslaw.com

510/ 695.2802


Danielle Charles is an associate in Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area office. She has expertise in labor and employment law, employment litigation and civil rights litigation.

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Albert Erkel

of counsel
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aerkel@ghslaw.com

510/ 670-4537


Albert Erkel is an attorney in Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego offices. His primary area of practice is the litigation of all types of complex business construction and employment disputes. He has significant experience in handling arbitrations, mediations and trials in both federal and state courts.

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Lawrence S. Joe

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ljoe@ghslaw.com

213/347-0210


Lawrence S. Joe is an associate in Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney, LLP’s Los Angeles office and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Law and the School of Public Affairs. He works in the firm’s Education and Public Law practice groups.

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Janet Ly

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jly@ghslaw.com

213/ 347-0210


Janet Ly is a Senior Counsel in Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Ly’s practice focuses on complex litigation matters and representing the firm’s education and municipal clients. She has extensive experience in handling commercial litigation disputes, including breach of contract, high stakes business tort litigation, employment and professional liability.

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James Meeker

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jmeeker@ghslaw.com

510/ 695-2802


James Meeker is an associate in Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney San Francisco Bay Area office. His practice focuses on education law, particularly in the area of special education, as well as labor and employment. Meeker has experience handling special education due process hearings, as well as special education appeals in state and federal courts. As part of the firm's labor and employment team, he has assisted senior counsel in handling grievances and arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, and wage and hour class-action litigation and appeals.

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Norma Nava Franklin

partner
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nnava@ghslaw.com

213/ 347-0210


Norma Nava Franklin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP. Her practice specializes in complex litigation and representing the firm’s education and municipal clients. Norma has vast experience handling a variety of litigation matters, including unfair business practices, commercial real estate, and contract litigation. She successfully defended a public utility against a $3 million breach of contract action by subcontractor;

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Benjamin Nieberg

of counsel
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bnieberg@ghslaw.com

619/ 564-8400


Benjamin Nieberg is an attorney in the firm's San Diego office and specializes in education law, particularly in the area of special education. He has served as general counsel for school districts and has represented other governmental entities in personnel and student issues, contracts, labor negotiations, and governance issues.

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Leah Smith

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lsmith@ghslaw.com

510/ 695-2802


Leah M. Smith is an associate in Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area office and a cum laude graduate of William & Mary School of Law. She is a member of the Firm’s education and public law groups.

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Thomas Lloyd Smith

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tsmith@ghslaw.com

510/ 695-2802


Thomas Lloyd Smith is a transactional, education and public law attorney at Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney, LLP. Thomas began his career as a management consultant before he founded and served as executive director of the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School, a high performing urban middle school that has been commended for narrowing the achievement gap.