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Hidden Gems: Meet Aaron Colby of Colby Law Firm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Colby.

Hi Aaron, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles when I was 8 years old. I graduated Agoura High School in 1999, and University of Michigan in 2003. I came back to Los Angeles to pursue a law degree at Southwestern Law School. After clerking for a judge, I entered “Big Law” and began representing companies in employment disputes. 

During my career representing companies, I was an equity partner at the national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where my practice focused on all types of employment claims (harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, unpaid wages) in all contexts (direct negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, administrative agencies, judicial conferences, litigation). After 15, I switched sides and started Colby Law Firm to represent and advocate for California workers. I made the switch two days after my 40th birthday and in the middle of a pandemic, on February 1, 2021. 

At Colby Law Firm, we represent California employees in workplace disputes. We combine the experience from being “on the other side” with a practical, focused, and relentless approach to helping workers protect their rights. As a “side gig,” I am a regular contributor to the Forbes Food & Drink Blog and a frequent publisher on developments in California employment law. From May through December 2020, I published a series of 17 articles for Forbes on the pandemic’s impact on restaurant workers… 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
While in college, my father was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. He passed away 20 years ago, on February 9, 2001, while I was a sophomore, and I took a semester off of school. Although the loss was and still is terrible, I was able to overcome it, graduating with my class by taking summer school and extra classes, staying on track for law school. While in law school, I helped start the Jeffery A. Colby Colon Cancer Research Fund to raise awareness about getting screened to stay ahead of colon cancer…

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Colby Law Firm?
Colby Law Firm represents California employees in legal disputes with their current or former employers. The firm specializes in the nuances of California employment law’s strong protection of workers. We use a direct and focused approach in helping employees prosecute and resolve claims of harassment, discrimination, workplace safety (especially with COVID-19), wrongful termination, unpaid wages, and other California workplace violations.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The industry outlook is busy for everyone involved. Companies, workers, and attorneys representing each are running to keep up with how the pandemic is reshaping the way Californians work – e.g., remote work, vaccinations, safety protocols, outbreak responses and new laws on the federal, state, county, and city levels. At the same time, many businesses whose revenues dropped, leading to disruptions in their workforces, are now seeing a rebound as government restrictions are relaxed. All of this leads to more workers needing more help protecting their rights.

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