Martinez Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC

Our Firm

Dedicated to justice for farm workers.

Our firm

Martínez Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC ("MA&L") is a private, public interest law firm based in California's Central Valley and dedicated to the mission of improving the lives of farm workers and their families nationwide. For over twenty-five years, MA&L attorneys have been representing the United Farm Workers of America and individual farm workers throughout the state in all types of complex legal matters.

MA&L's primary practice is labor and employment law, with a focus on representing Spanish-speaking farm workers, or farm workers that speak indigenous languages from Mexico in wage and hour employment cases, sexual harassment cases, employment discrimination cases, and labor organizing matters.  Our lawyers have substantial experience representing employees in class action and representational lawsuits to enforce statutory rights under both federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as fair employment practice laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. MA&L lawyers also have extensive experience counseling clients in non-profit formation and  governance.

 

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We at Martinez Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs. In most cases, we represent clients on a contingent fee basis so that you can afford strong representation without worrying about the cost.

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Our team

 
 
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Partner

Mario Martínez

Mario Martínez has been a farm worker rights lawyer since 1999 when he began working with the United Farm Workers of America after being awarded a two year post-graduate fellowship from Equal Justice Works. In 2015, Mario joined Edgar Aguilasocho and Tom Lynch in forming Martinez Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC ("MA&L").  Mario has a unique appreciation for the work performed by our clients, as he comes from a family of farmworkers and himself labored in the grape fields of Southern California as a child.  

In his many years working with UFW and MA&L, Mario has engaged in the representation of low-income farm workers and other low-income wage earners in complex class actions in state and federal courts in California.  Mario has represented low wage earners in some capacity in virtually every agricultural industry in California, as well as in Florida, Washington, Oregon, and other states, including representing workers performing work in the following agricultural industries: table grape, wine grape, strawberry, raspberry, mushroom, citrus, tree fruit, flower, apple, artichoke, lettuce, broccoli, and other vegetables.  Mario currently serves as General Counsel for the UFW.

Mario graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law and has been a licensed California attorney since 1999.  Mario is admitted to the United States District Courts in the Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Education

UC BERKELEY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1998

UC RIVERSIDE
B.A., Philosophy, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

  • Farmworker Justice, Board of Directors

  • CA State Bar, Labor & Employment Section, Member

Bar Admissions

  • California Bar, 1999

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • United States District Courts in the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California and District of Idaho

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Edgar Iván Aguilasocho

Edgar is the grandson of farm workers and the son of unionized public-sector workers who became a lawyer to create positive change for families like his own. After becoming the first college graduate in his family, he joined the inaugural class at the UCI School of Law to receive his education in community lawyering. While at UCI Law, Edgar was deeply engaged in the effort to launch UCI as a premier public interest law school, participating directly in the formation of a number of ongoing institutions (such as the first law school newspaper -- the uRSA Voice -- and a first-of-its-kind annual negotiation and international law simulation program -- the Global Justice Summit). While there, Edgar also spent two semesters serving Orange County's immigrant community as part of the UCI Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.      

After law school, Edgar moved to the San Joaquín Valley to begin his career in community lawyering, first as a staff attorney for the United Farm Workers, and most recently as a partner at MA&L. As a staff attorney for the United Farm Workers, he worked with farm workers to negotiate collective bargaining agreements, arbitrate grievances, and litigate dozens of unfair labor practice cases. In one such case, Edgar served as lead trial counsel for the UFW in Gerawan Farming, Inc. (2016) 42 ALRB No. 1, a major victory for farm workers against California’s largest peach grower as well as the longest case in the history of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board, spanning 105 hearing days with 130 witnesses.

In 2015, Edgar partnered with seasoned farm worker attorneys Mario Martínez and Tom Lynch to form Martínez Aguilasocho & Lynch, a private, public interest law firm based in California's Central Valley and dedicated to the mission of improving the lives of farm workers and their families. At MA&L, Edgar primarily litigates labor matters, wage and hour class actions, and other workers’ rights cases. Edgar is also the General Counsel for the UFW Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to empower and improve the lives of farm workers, immigrant workers and Latinos through community education, civic participation and the promotion of equitable public policy.

 

Education

UC IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, pro bono high honors, 2012

UC RIVERSIDE
B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • California Bar, 2012

  • United States District Courts in the Eastern District of California and District of Idaho

Activities & Affiliations

  • American Bar Foundation

    • Network for Justice CA, Advisory Committee Member

  • American Bar Association

    • Labor & Employment Law Section, Member

    • Solo, Small Firm and General Practice, Member

    • Young Lawyers Division, Member

  • National Lawyers Guild, Member

  • California State Bar

    • Labor & Employment Section, Member

  • Kern County Bar Association, Member

 

 
 

 
 
 

OF Counsel

Thomas P. Lynch

Mr. Lynch was admitted in 1992 and went to work as staff counsel with the Marcos Camacho Law firm, representing the United Farm Workers of America ("UFW"). His work since that time has primarily focused on agricultural labor relations and wage and hour litigation on behalf of California farm workers. Mr. Lynch is presently of counsel to Martinez, Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC, and continues to represent the UFW and farmworkers.

He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles, and is admitted to the federal Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Education

PEOPLE'S COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1992

 

Bar Admissions

• California Bar, 1992

 
 

 
 
 
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staff attorney

Anna K. Walther

Anna Katrina Walther has worked with Martinez Aguilasocho & Lynch since the firm's establishment in 2015.  Since 2014, she has practiced agricultural labor/employment law, representing agricultural workers and the United Farm Workers of America before various state and federal courts, administrative bodies, and in arbitration.  A California attorney since 2012, Walther holds a JD from Loyola-Los Angeles (2011). At MA&L, Walther's work helped lead to a multi-million dollar class action settlement on behalf of agricultural workers who alleged wage and hour violations (Arredondo et al v. Delano Farms et al).  She currently works on a variety of federal and state cases and matters on behalf of farm workers. 

Walther started her career as a human rights consultant in Guatemala (2011-2013) with a public-interest fellowship from Loyola - primarily focusing on disability issues. In 2016, she took a leave of absence from MA&L to accept a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship working with the Guatemalan Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman (or “PDH”) in the department for the Protection of People with Disabilities. At the PDH, Walther conducted legal analysis, human rights monitoring, trainings and conciliation. She also developed disability rights materials for diverse audiences and conducted numerous seminars across Guatemala with over 250 participants including prison guards and instructors, school teachers, private sector HR and executive employees, and PDH personnel. 

Walther earned an MA in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2008), studied Political Science at the Freie Universität-Berlin (2005/06) on a Konrad Adenauer Foundation grant, and at the University of Southern California, she earned a BA in International Relations and German (2004) thanks to scholarships for academic performance and athletics - rowing.

 

Education

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
M.A., International Peace Studies, 2008

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
B.A., International Relations, 2004
B.A., German Language & Literature, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), Member

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Member

  • LGLA

Bar Admissions

  • California

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Forced Labor Law and Policy Research Fellow

Charlotte Mikat-Stevens

Charlotte ("Lottie") Mikat-Stevens is the Forced Labor Law and Policy Research Fellow at Martinez, Aguilasocho & Lynch ("MA&L"), and the newest addition to our team. Her fellowship is part of a collaborative effort with the United Farm Workers ("UFW") and UFW Foundation ("UFWF") to eliminate the problem of forced labor in agriculture. Lottie is currently engaged in developing a legal practitioner’s toolkit to help root out and prosecute forced agricultural labor cases. Additionally, Lottie will oversee a retrospective of the work done in the past two years by UFW, UFWF, and MA&L on the issue of forced labor.

Prior to joining MA&L, Lottie received her Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in spring 2017. She passed the N.Y. State Uniform Bar Exam ("UBE") in July 2017 and is considering which UBE jurisdiction to seek admission to with her score. During law school, Lottie worked with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic as well as the Food and Agriculture Clinic as a student clinician working on various public interest issues, including migrant dairy labor and housing rights in Vermont. She spent her second summer as a legal intern with Mercy For Animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

VERMONT LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2017
M.E.L.P., 2017
Certificate in Food and Agriculture Law, 2017

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
B.A., International Studies, cum laude, 2013
B.A., Anthropology, cum laude, 2013