Aaron has been a practicing lawyer since 2009. After law school, he was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society for over three years, where he represented Chinese and other immigrants in a variety of employment and labor disputes. His legal victories were covered in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, New York Post, and a wide variety of Chinese language media. From 2013 to 2014, Aaron served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Aaron has co-counseled with or consulted for top-tier law firms such as Boies Schiller, Gibson Dunn, Shearman & Sterling and Kaye Scholer.
The $474,000 court award obtained by Aaron after a jury trial in the Babi Nails Salon case (Song, et al v. 47 Old Country, Inc., et al., 09-Civ-5566 (E.D.N.Y.)) was mentioned in the New York Times article on exploitative conditions in New York's salons that brought about executive action to reform that industry. Aaron co-counseled with the Urban Justice Center to represent Chinese restaurant workers in another federal court jury trial in the summer of 2016.
Aaron helped Boies Schiller win a motion seeking production of documents from the defendant Bank of China, who had asserted that its in-house legal counsel should enjoy the protections of the attorney-client privilege. (See story in the Wall Street Journal.)
A sexual harassment case litigated by Aaron resulted in an imposition of the largest fine in the history of the New York City Human Rights Commission as well as an award of emotional distress damages and lost wages to the plaintiff. (See story in the New York Post.)
“Foreign Firms Often Lose Out on Attorney-Client Privilege,” Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2015 (discussing Boies Schiller’s successful motion concerning attorney-client privilege for Chinese in-house counsel, on which Aaron Halegua consulted, in case against Bank of China).
Sarah Maslin Nir, “Saying Court Win Helps, Nail Salon Workers Rally,” New York Times, April 10, 2012 (discussing the jury verdict obtained on behalf of Babi Nail workers by Aaron Halegua and the Legal Aid Society).