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Nicole A. Aaronson

Associate
Los Angeles

P 213-630-8236 F 213-689-0430

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Nicole A. Aaronson

Biography

Nicole A. Aaronson is an associate in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, restrictive covenants, and breach of employment contract claims. Nicole’s practice also focuses on advising/counseling employers regarding daily workplace issues and employee handbooks and policies.

Additionally, as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) Nicole advises clients on compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws and rapidly evolving privacy threats, including the collection, use, retention and destruction of data. She also defends data privacy class-action litigation and litigated matters involving invasion of privacy, right of publicity, statutory consumer claims, and TCPA. In addition, Nicole handles data breach response and other sensitive situations arising from the misuse of computers and related technology.

Within the cannabis industry, Nicole assists with corporate governance, develops sound SOPs and personnel policies, and guides regulatory compliance in the growth, transportation, processing, production, distribution and sales of cannabis products. For employers of all types, Nicole provides guidance on cannabis legalization’s impact on employment law issues such as job applications, drug testing, accommodating employees’ use of cannabis for medical purposes and cannabis as a cause or treatment for workplace injuries.

Nicole’s cross-disciplinary background, coupled with her litigation experience, provider her with a unique view of many workplace issues and the impact privacy and emerging regulations may play in actual or threatened lawsuits.

Representative Cases

  • John F. Stephens v. Goldberg Segalla, LLP (Case No. CV 20-5216) PSG (PDx), United States District Court, Central District, 2021 [Second Chair/Bench Trial - Judgment for Defendant]

Professional Associations and Activities

  • California Cannabis Industry Association
  • International Cannabis Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, CIPP/US
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Published Works

  • “7 Tips to Avoid TCPA Lawsuits Against Cannabis Companies,” Legally Blunt (December 2020) [Author]
  • “California Cannabusiness Q&A,” Lexology (March 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “California Cannabis Data Security Vulnerabilities,” Marijuana Retail Report (July 2018) [Co-Author]
  • “Marijuana Marketing: The Do’s and Don’t’s of Cannabis Advertising in California,” The National Law Review (March 2018) [Co-Author]

Speeches

  • “Employment Rights for Cannabis Consumers and Cannabis Industry Employees,” California NORML (Los Angeles, CA, September 2019) (panelist)
  • “Legal Professionals Working in Cannabis,” UCLA School of Law (Los Angeles, CA, February 2019) (panelist)
  • “The Cannabis Supply Chain, Insurance and Indemnity,” California Cannabis Industry Association (Los Angeles, CA, October 2018) (panelist)
  • “Understanding the Impact of Marijuana Legalization in the Workplace,” Southern California Cannabis Business Investment Group (Los Angeles, CA, March 2018) (presenter)
  • “Cannabis Industry 101: Legal, Tech, and Culture in the Cannabis Industry in 2018,” Cannabis Tech Connect by L.A. Joint Ventures (Santa Monica, CA, February 2018) (panelist)