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Aaron Minnis


Aaron Minnis advises executives, professionals, attorneys, and employees through complex and sensitive work issues.

Aaron advises and represents exclusively employees in matters involving retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment. He has experience handling both jury trials and bench trials in employment cases as well as in other practice areas (business, probate, landlord/tenant), including representing and defending an employee in a harassment/defamation jury trial; representing an employee in a jury trial involving unpaid compensation; representing three health care executives against their employer in a wrongful termination jury trial; representing a petitioner in an “equitable adoption” trial; and representing a San Francisco tenant in a wrongful eviction jury trial. Aaron is an Arbitrator for the attorney/client fee dispute program of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. He served on the Executive Committee for the Solo and Small firm section of the San Francisco Bar Association. Since 1999, he has volunteered as a Supervising Attorney with Legal Aid at Work. He is a member of several legal organizations, including SFTLA, CELA, BALIF and the Employment Section of the San Francisco Bar Association. He also 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.

Previously Aaron was 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 in 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. Since 2014, Aaron has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation (Plaintiff) each year. Since 2011, he has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. He has a “10 Superb” AVVO rating. Additionally, in 2021, 2022, & 2023, Aaron was selected as one of the Top 100 Northern California Lawyers by Super Lawyers, along with partner Sonya Smallets. This is a high achievement as it is rare for two attorneys from the same firm to be selected for this Top 100 list.

Awards and Affiliations

Professional Affiliations And Community Involvement

  • Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court Discovery Department, (2016-present)
  • Arbitrator for the Bar Association of San Francisco Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program, (2015-present)
  • Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, (2021-present)
  • Member of BASF, BALIF, CELA, SFTLA
  • Volunteer Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid at Work, (1999-present)
  • Practice Management Committee, California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer, Labor Relations Panel, Bar Association of San Francisco Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  • Ron Kelly Mediation Certificate, (2020)
  • ProVisors, SF5, (2014-present)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Understanding Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements,” Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club, Bar Association of San Francisco (Panelist April 2023)
  • “Considerations in the Return to Work,” Labor and Employment Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (Moderator February 2023)
  • “Thriving as a Solo or Small Practice,” Annual Conference of California Employment Lawyers Association, (2019)
  • “Perspectives in Employment Law,” Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council (August 2018)
  • “HR’s Role in Combating Workplace Harassment,” Namely Inc. (February 2018)
  • “Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of the NorCal Wildfires,” Practice Law Institute (November 2017)
  • “Demystifying the Employment Attorney,” Northern California Human Resources Association (November 2017)
  • “Demystifying the Employment Attorney,” Legal & Legislative Conference, Northern California Human Resources Association (November 2016)
  • “The Gig Economy,” Your Legal Rights on 91.7FM (October 2016)
  • “Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster,” Practice Law Institute (April 2016)
  • “Employment and Labor Practice Under Development,” BASF Labor & Employment Law Section Yosemite Conference (January 2015)
  • “New Whistleblower Protections,” San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (November 2014)
  • “2013 Employment Law Update,” Palo Alto Bar Association (2013)

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