We are pleased to announce the expansion of our employment rights litigation practice with the addition of partners Aaron Kaufmann and David Pogrel. Their practice focuses on representation of workers in class action and individual employment cases, with particular emphasis on wage and hour, wrongful termination/retaliation, and discrimination. Aaron and Dave share Leonard Carder’s commitment to representing working people and their labor unions.
Aaron Kaufmann has represented a wide array of workers in both individual employment litigation and as class counsel in scores of class actions involving overtime, expense reimbursement, minimum wage and other workplace rights. He is a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of wage and hour law and employment class actions, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Fair Labor Standards Act sub-committee and as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the annual supplements to the ABA’s FLSA treatise. Aaron was a principal at Hinton Alfert Sumner & Kaufmann, where he founded the firm’s employment law practice. Aaron earned his J.D. (Cum Laude) from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Edward D. Price after law school. He is a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been awarded the distinctions of “Super Lawyer” and Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating for the past several years. Aaron co-counseled with Leonard Carder on several wage and hour class actions prior to joining the firm.
Dave Pogrel has exclusively represented workers in employment litigation and counseling since his graduation from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 1999. Dave has served as class counsel in dozens of wage and hour class and collective actions. Prior to joining Leonard Carder, Dave was a principal at Hinton Alfert Sumner & Kaufmann. He also served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society -Employment Law Center, where he supervised a direct services project representing low-wage workers in wage and hour claims and unemployment insurance appeals. Dave has served as a Chapter Editor for the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise and has lectured on various areas of employment law. He has been named a “Super Lawyer -- Rising Star” for the past three years.