Aaron Minnis

Aaron Minnis

Aaron Minnis advises executives, professionals, attorneys, and employees through complex and sensitive work issues. He has litigated numerous employment cases, and resolved cases at mediation, trial, and after appeal. Aaron has tried numerous cases in various practice areas including employment, business, probate, and landlord-tenant. Aaron is an Arbitrator for the attorney/client fee dispute program of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Solo and Small firm section of the San Francisco Bar Association. For the past 17 years, he has volunteered as a Supervising Attorney with the Worker’s Rights Clinic at the Employment Law Center. He is a member of ProVisors, a community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors and share the highest standards of integrity, performance and accountability.

Aaron was previously a partner with Mattingly & Minnis LLP, a general civil litigation practice. Aaron graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University, where he studied history and political science. He participated on the Santa Clara Rowing team for four years. Aaron attended law school in Washington D.C. at American University, Washington College of Law, where he obtained his law degree. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Aaron was chosen as a Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation (Plaintiff). In 2011, 2012, and 2013, he was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

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  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Executive Committee, Member (present)
  • Arbitrator — Attorney/Client Fee Dispute Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (present)
  • Panel Attorney, Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Bar Association of San Francisco (present)
  • Legal Aid Society, Workers’ Rights Clinic Supervising Attorney (present)
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (present)
  • Mentor, San Francisco Law Academy (2011-2012)
  • Golden Gate Business Association (Board of Directors 2004-2006)
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (present)
  • ProVisors, SF 5 (present)

Whistleblower Protections, SFTLA MCLE Roundtable, November 2014

 

 

Sonya Smallets

Sonya Smallets

Sonya Smallets, a partner at Minnis & Smallets, has been representing employees who have been discriminated, harassed, wrongfully terminated, or denied reasonable accommodations by their employers for more than ten years.

Sonya is an active member of the Bay Area legal community. She is the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. Sonya is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Legislative Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Association. Sonya also volunteers as a Supervising Attorney with the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the Employment Law Center.

Sonya graduated with honors from Swarthmore College and Berkeley Law. She then clerked for Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California before working for Lawless & Lawless as an associate attorney. In 2015, Sonya was chosen as a Super Lawyer. Sonya was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012, 2013, and 2014 — an honor awarded to the nation’s best lawyers under 40. Download vCard >

   

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee Member
  • Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Association, Executive Committee Member
  • Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic, Supervising Attorney
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Employment Issues Facing Clients with HIV/AIDS, AIDS Legal Referral Panel Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Complex Leave Laws Applicable to California Employees, ACBA Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2014
  • MSJ From All Angles: Summary Judgment in CA Employment Cases, BASF Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2013
  • Jo Anne Frankfurt and Sonya Smallets, Disability Discrimination Under the FEHA: The Impact, CAL. EMP. L. REP. 59., 2001
  • Mark. S. Rudy and Sonya Smallets, The Current State of California Retaliation Law: A Plaintiff’s Perspective, CAL. EMP. L. REP. 265, 2000
  • Sonya Smallets, Recent Developments, Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: A Victory for Gay and Lesbian Rights?, 14 BERKELEY WOMEN’S L.J. 136, 1999

 

 

Sean McHenry

Sean McHenry

Sean McHenry, an associate of Minnis & Smallets, represents employees in all aspects of employment cases, including trial. He serves on the Barristers Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco. From 2013-2017, he served on the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Labor and Employment Section, including two years as its Chair.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Barristers Committee. Sean also volunteers through the Housing Negotiation Project providing limited scope eviction defense for San Franciscans. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, he was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – an honor awarded to the nation’s best lawyers under 40. Download vCard >


  • Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Board of Directors, Board Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Labor and Employment Section, Chair
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Barristers Executive Committee Member
  • Justice & Diversity Center Housing Negotiation Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Member
  • Games People Play: Is it Really That Hard to Reach Across the Aisle?, BASF Labor & Employment Law Yosemite Conference, 2017
  • Discovery In Individual Employment Cases, BASF Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2015
  • Negotiation Strategies and Tactics in Employment Cases, BASF Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2014
  • MSJ From All Angles: Summary Judgment in CA Employment Cases, BASF Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2013
  • If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now, BASF Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2013
  • Sean McHenry, Networking Tips for the Solo/Small Firm Attorney, Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin., 2016
  • Cook: Store Manager Verbally Abused Latino Employees, Verdict Search California, Vol. 12, Issue 41, October 21, 2013

 

 

Debby Katzowitz

Debby Katzowitz

Legal assistant Debby Katzowitz has worked on behalf of employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters for more than 25 years. She is a member of the San Francisco Paralegal Association. Download vCard >

 

To learn more about how Minnis & Smallets can help you navigate your workplace issue, call us at 1-415-551-0885 or use our contact form.