Aalia T. Menes represents clients in public pensions, complex commercial disputes, insurance recovery and appellate litigation in both federal and state courts across California. Her practice focuses on providing litigation, governance, and/or special projects counsel to a number of retirement systems governed by the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) and several city retirement systems in California. Aalia litigates disputes over all aspects of the administration and governance of public pension systems, including disputes over benefits, fiduciary obligations, retirement system funding and expenditures, and public transparency rules, among others.  

Prior to joining Nossaman, Aalia was a litigation associate at a Northern California litigation boutique where she worked on all aspects trial and appellate litigation.  She is a contributing author to The Wagstaffe Group Practice Guide: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, published by Lexis Nexis. As a law student, Aalia also served as Online Editor for the Emory Law Journal.



San Joaquin County Employees Retirement Association. Member of team defending public retirement system in complex class action concerning benefits under settlement agreement. Assisted on prevailing motion for summary judgment, which included over 600 public records covering 17 years of board decisions.

Various Public Retirement Systems. Part of team providing fiduciary and/or litigation counsel to public retirement systems on various matters involving fiduciary obligations, governance, benefits, open meetings, and public records laws.

San Joaquin Hills & Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency. Member of team representing policyholders seeking reimbursement of defense and indemnity expense under Special Liability Policy, in connection with class action for privacy violation.

Healthcare for Dialysis Patients. Member of team representing dialysis center which was routinely underpaid by its health insurance provider for services to patients with kidney disease. Prevailed on cross-motions for summary judgment and obtained settlement from insurance provider, resulting in a recovery of $1.1 million.

Employer-Provided Life Insurance. Successfully asserted beneficiary’s rights and obtained settlement from insurer, where employer negligently uninsured one of its executive directors while she was undergoing her seventh surgery for cancer treatment, and then attempted to cover up its errors by fabricating documents.

California Wildfires Insurance. Successfully obtained insurance coverage for numerous survivors who were denied coverage after losing their homes in the Northern California wildfires.


Speaking Engagements


Community & Professional

Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member

National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Member

National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, Member

Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Member

South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, Member




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