san diego county employment lawyers

Location: San Diego
Phone: 619.342.8000
Fax: 619.342.7878
Email: aarono@zhlaw.com
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ADMISSIONS

  • The State Bar of California
  • The United States District Court for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California

HONORS/AWARDS/PRO BONO

  • 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • San Diego Outstanding Young Attorneys 2011 and 2012 Nominee
  • California Innocence Project, Volunteer, 2007

Mr. Olsen appeared as a guest on Channel 7 NBC News and Channel 6 News to provide legal analysis on the sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner:

Selected as a 2017, 2016 and 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Aaron M. Olsen is a partner in the employment law and consumer litigation departments of Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP.  No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California are named to the Rising Stars list.  Mr. Olsen was also nominated as one of San Diego’s Outstanding Young Attorneys in 2011 and 2012.  Mr. Olsen’s practice is focused on representing employees in all aspects of labor and employment litigation in federal and state court.

Mr. Olsen also prosecutes complex class action suits, including consumer fraud actions, product defect cases, antitrust litigation, wage & hour actions, and unfair competition and false advertising claims, among others.

NOTABLE PAST CASES

Mr. Olsen’s notable past cases and accomplishments include:

Successfully resolved a number of wage and hour cases, wherein Mr. Olsen not only recovered substantial economic damages on behalf of his clients and the class of employees they represented, but he brought about significant positive changes to the subject employers’ labor practices, thereby positively influencing the lives of thousands of workers.

Obtained over 100 settlements for individual employee clients in labor and employment lawsuits, including among others, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and misclassification matters.  In doing so, Mr. Olsen has recovered millions in damages on behalf of his clients, for, among other things, past and future wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Obtained a successful verdict at trial on behalf of clients in a wage and hour, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract action.  Mr. Olsen not only helped obtain a full verdict in his clients' favor, but persuaded the Court to find that the opposing party brought the action in bad faith and award Mr. Olsen’s clients’ substantial damages, attorneys’ fees and costs. The judgment was recently affirmed in full on appeal.  See a copy of the opinion here.

NOTABLE CURRENT CASES

Mr. Olsen’s notable current cases and accomplishments include:

Olsen served as co-lead counsel on a team that negotiated a $25 million settlement on behalf of students who attended Donald Trump's infamous Trump University.  Olsen was the first lawyer to field the phone call from and investigate the claims of Tarla Makaeff, who would eventually become the class representative in the case, and was instrumental in prosecuting the nearly seven-year litigation against Trump and his company. Makaeff v. Trump University, LLC, et al., Case No. 3:10-CV-00940-IEG-WVG (S.D. Cal.).

Serving as co-lead counsel for a nationwide consumer class of purchasers of an alleged defective power adapter in a consumer product defect class action against Apple, Inc.  In re MagSafe Apple Power Adapter Litig., Case No. C 09-01911 JW.  On September 27, 2011, the Northern District Court, Judge Ware, issued an Order Granting Conditional Certification of Settlement.  Subsequently, on March 8, 2011, Judge Ware issued an Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement

Serving as co-lead counsel for a nationwide consumer class action against Sony Electronics, Inc. alleging fundamental flaws in the design and/or manufacturing process in the VAIO Touchpad Notebooks.  On September 25, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California issued an order granting class certification to California and New Jersey residents who allege Sony Electronics, Inc.,  knowingly marketed and sold laptops containing defective touchpad components.  A redacted copy of the order can be found here.  On January 4, 2017, the Court granted preliminary approved of a class action settlement.  In Re Sony Vaio Computer Notebook Trackpad Litigation, Case No. 09-CV-02109-AJB-MDD (S.D. Cal.). 

EDUCATION

  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 2008 (Editor-in-Chief, California Western School of Law Commentary; Student Bar Association, Executive Board Member)
  • B.A., University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, 2002 (Business Finance)

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

  • Nicholas Boylan, APC, Attorney
  • Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd (formerly “Lerach Coughlin” and “Milberg Weiss”), Law Clerk
  • San Diego County Office of the Public Defender, Law Clerk

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys for San Diego, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • William B. Enright Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2016 and 2015 Barrister
  • William B. Enright Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2010 Associate
  • California Department of Real Estate, Broker Licensee, ID No. 01914011

PUBLICATIONS/APPEARANCES

  • 2010 California State Bar Litigation Review, Discovery Update
  • 2010 San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Award Judge
  • 2010 USD School of Law Appellate Moot Court Competition Judge
  • Guest Writer, San Diego Lawyer Magazine