Aaron Colby represents employers in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action disputes involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour issues such as overtime, meal and rest breaks, and off-the-clock work. Aaron resolves disputes for clients in a variety of contexts, including direct settlement negotiations, private mediations, contractual arbitrations, administrative agency proceedings, mandatory judicial settlement conferences, and state and federal court litigation.
In his counseling practice, Aaron develops effective employment policies and practices that help management and staff manage risk and avoid litigation. He frequently advises on termination, leaves of absences, workplace investigations, handbooks, and timekeeping and pay practices.
Aaron defends and counsels organizations on public accommodations claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Unruh Act, and claims of defamation, trademark, and other business-related matters.
Aaron is a leader of the firm’s cannabis law industry group. In this role, Aaron coordinates the deep bench of attorneys representing organizations directly engaged in and adjacent to the emerging cannabis industry, leveraging the firm’s broad industry knowledge to provide full-spectrum representation on matters related to cannabis, CBD, and hemp. As a member of the group, Aaron counsels employers on navigating the patchwork of state and federal regulations impacting employees and the workplace.
Aaron’s clients range from large organizations to midsize and small businesses across all industries, particularly in agriculture, produce, restaurant, banking, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and cannabis.
Aaron has represented 24 Hour Fitness, Advantage Produce, Alaska Airlines, Andrews International, Bank of America, Blaze Pizza, Botanical Hospitality Group, Butkus Foundation, Café Gratitude, CapitalSpring, Carlo’s Bakery, Catch Hospitality Group, Choumas Produce, Clear Path Solutions, Coast Produce Company, Cocobella Creamery, Cogent Entertainment Marketing, Daughter’s Deli, Del Rey Avocado Company, Eleven City Diner, Family Ranch, Fleetwood Aluminum, Freedman’s LA, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Ghost Herbal Concepts, Gilman Management, Gracias Madre, Great Bowery, Hand & Stone, Healthcare Services Group, Hillsides Organization, HTI Polymers, Intuit Inc., Joe & The Juice, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Komono, La Brea Media, LC Industries, Leisure Care, Lemonade Restaurant Group, Lynch Creek Farms, Mariak Industries, Martinez Steel, Mato Mato, Mendocino Farms, Monoprice, Monte Nido & Affiliates, National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada, Norms Restaurants, Optomen Productions, Paradise Construction, Professional Produce, Real Food Daily, Red Lion Hotels, Relocity, Reser’s Fine Foods, Rumble Fitness, Salt & Straw, Sechrist Industries, Shari’s Berries, Spectral Productions, Staff Pro, Spotify USA Inc., Sunlife Organic, T-Mobile, The CORE Group, U.S. Security Associates, Walker Foods, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Worldwide Produce, and Zankou Kitchen.
Single Plaintiff Litigation
Class Action and Multi-Plaintiff Defense
Administrative Agency Charges and Audits
Advice and Counsel
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2006, cum laude
- Associate Editor, Southwestern University Law Review, 2004-2006
- Associate Editor, Entertainment Law Reporter, 2005-2006
- Co-president, Entertainment & Sports Law Society, 2004-2005
- Dean's List, 2003-2006
B.G.S., Communications, Sociology and Psychology, University of Michigan, 2003, with high honors
- Dean's List
- University Honors
Admitted to Practice
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
Memberships & Affiliations
- Committee Member (Insurance/Human Resources), California Cannabis Industry Association, 2019
- Settlement Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program, 2014-present
- Co-founder, Jeffery A. Colby Cancer Research Fund which promotes colon cancer research and awareness, 2003-present
- Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2019
- Associate, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP, Los Angeles, 2006-2010
- Legal Department Extern, Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles, 2004
- Extern, Hon. Susan Bryant-Deason, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2004
- Legal Department Intern, Mattel, Inc., El Segundo, Calif., 2003