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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2006

Aaron N. Colby

Aaron Colby defends large banking, health care, media and transportation clients in single-plaintiff and class action employment cases involving wrongful termination, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

Aaron also provides representation in administrative hearings and in litigation of defamation, trademark, and other employment and business-related matters.

In his counseling practice, Aaron develops effective employment policies and practices that help management and staff manage risk and avoid litigation. His clients range from leading companies in the banking, health care and media industries to small businesses, as well as major produce distributors.

Representative Experience

Wage and hour class action for major produce distributor

Defend large fruit and vegetable distributor based in southern California in wage-and-hour class action alleging non-exempt workers were denied meal and rest breaks. (Ongoing)

Wrongful termination case for national bank

Defend major bank in wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former executive alleging claims of religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation. (Ongoing)

Wage and hour settlement for health care services client

Successfully settled multi-plaintiff case against national health care services company involving claims of wage and hour violations. (2012)

Summary judgment in wrongful termination case

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of entities of a managed care system and an individual defendant in wrongful termination case alleging claims for age discrimination, retaliation, defamation, violation of Business and Professions Code §17200, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (2011)

Butkus v. Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando*

Won summary judgment on behalf of plaintiff in right-of-publicity infringement case involving defendant's federal registration of "Butkus Award" as mark for annual football award. Court rejected defendant’s argument that it owned the "Butkus Award" mark, although plaintiff had consented to the mark and later revoked. In its published decision, court ruled that a contract without specified duration can be terminated at-will under California law. 2008 WL 2557427 (C.D. Cal. 2008)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Summer Associate, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Legal Department Extern, Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles, 2004
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Susan Bryant-Deason, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2004
  • Legal Department Intern, Mattel, Inc., El Segundo, Calif., 2003

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2015