Aaron H. Cole

Professional Biography

Over the past 10 years, Aaron has litigated more than 40 wage and hour class actions and representative actions against employers and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries, including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, amusement park, restaurants, global courier delivery providers, staffing and managed services, private education, security and protection services, and the new gig economy. Aaron has successfully negotiated numerous highly favorable settlements of wage-and-hour class actions involving thousands of non-exempt employees and millions of dollars in potential exposure. Aaron has also obtained complete pre-trial dismissal of a PAGA representative action, substantially narrowed the scope of plaintiff’s claims through successful motions for summary adjudication, reduced putative class litigations to individual claims by successfully defending and enforcing the employers’ arbitration agreements, and defeated class certification in federal court of a California class action brought against an employer. In addition to his litigation practice, Aaron regularly provides in-depth and day-to-day advice to employers on employment law compliance and litigation avoidance, including advice on employee exempt and non-exempt classification, independent contractor status, complex pay practices and policies, wage statements, leaves of absence, drug and alcohol testing, meal and rest periods, uniforms, alternative workweek scheduling, expense reimbursements, personnel records, discipline, termination and severance agreements.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Aaron was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, California where he represented employers in wage and hour class actions. After law school, Aaron served as law clerk to the Honorable Gary A. Feess of the United States District Court, Central District of California. While attending UCLA School of Law, Aaron also served as judicial extern to the Honorable Nora M. Manella of the Central District of California.

Aaron is active in the Labor and Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the section’s Executive Committee.

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