Our E2 member / Attorney Nate Loakes represents and counsels employers in a wide range of employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and individual and class action wage and hour lawsuits. Prior to joining Miller Law Partners in 2018, Nate worked as a general practitioner, later focusing on representing employees. Representing both individuals and small businesses, Nate’s expertise includes: transactions, business litigation, employment litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy, corporate formation and counseling, and estate planning. He became a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He was voted a Top Attorney in 2016 for Business Law by Pasadena Magazine, received his undergrad from UCLA, and earned his law degree from Southwestern Law School.
Nate joined Echelon in late 2019, and believes that “Echelon is a really cool place for someone in my position to meet people who are also young and at the same stage in their professional career as me — it’s good to have common ground in age, where you can get an idea about what other people are going through with their career paths. And it’s helpful to build business relationships with people that have so many things in common.
I’ve met people in my group who I trust to ask questions, and I’m comfortable referring business to them. Being an Echelon member is not only fun, but also very helpful to me in my day-to-day business life. I make it a point to go to the meetings, I like that we meet in person versus Zoom, and I enjoy attending Echelon’s events, when my schedule permits. My group has recently started to meet up outside of our regular Echelon meetings — there, you get to know people a little bit better. I definitely would recommend joining Echelon to young business people. It helps you learn how to network, and networking is not a skill that everyone has when you are in an early stage in your career. It can help teach you how to bring in new business, which is also really important. As you progress in your career, bringing in that new business is a big selling point in helping you to advance. It also gives you a sense of ownership — when you meet someone new with whom you’ve formed a relationship and they hire you to represent them, they are trusting you to be responsible. I really like the folks in my group and spending time with them. I look forward to the Echelon meetings, and I always get something special out of them that I wasn’t expecting as an added benefit. Even from people working in different fields…they give me perspective on things I’m working on. We have a really good mix of people, and I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with them.”
Nate, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Emma (5) and Zoey (3) greatly enjoy hiking as a family. The foursome recently went on a highly memorable hiking trip up to Yosemite.