Graduate of Loyola Law School and Loyola Marymount University.
Staff Member, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review.
Academic scholarship recipient in both law school and college.
Lead litigation and trial attorney representing Plaintiffs and Defendants in hundreds of state and federal civil cases, resulting in multiple millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Extensive civil litigation experience in Employment Law, especially issues relating to wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and wage/hour claims, including class actions and Private Attorneys General Act claims.
Mr. Aquino has provided advice to hundreds of employees and employers on severance agreements, offer letters, employment agreements, executive compensation provisions, trade secret provisions, confidentiality provisions, non-disparagement provisions, proprietary information provisions and non-competition provisions. He regularly negotiates severance and employment agreements for officers, directors, upper management and executives of mid to large size corporations. Mr. Aquino has been a wrongful termination lawyer and employment law attorney since 1997.
Served as an Arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He currently volunteers as a Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Conference program. He has a Mediation Certificate from the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.
Current or past membership of the following legal organizations: Orange County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Business Litigation Section; Tort and Trial Section; Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member), Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section), Pasadena Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Litigation Section), Beverly Hills Bar Association, Multi-Cultural Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, California Employment Lawyers Association (Diversity Committee Member), State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section), American Bar Association, Association of Workplace Investigators, Southern California Mediation Association and the Filipino Lawyers of Orange County (Board Member).
He has more than 37 years of combined legal and non-legal work experience. His legal experience includes working for the U.S. District Court, Bank of America's legal department and AQUINO & AQUINO, a family owned law firm once operated by his father and sister, both of whom are also attorneys. His non-legal work experience includes working for large companies such as Wells Fargo, Kodak and Ticor Title Insurance Company.
Mr. Aquino has volunteered his time and/or donated monetarily to the following very worthy legal organizations: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (now, Asian Americans Advancing Justice), Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities. Occasionally, he also serves as an evaluator/judge at moot court competitions and as a mentor to law students and new attorneys.
Mr. Aquino also supports non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, Smile Train, Downs Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Goodwill and disabled American veterans groups. He runs 10ks up to marathons to financially support charities focused on helping individuals afflicted with medical issues and also children in need.
Outside of work and civic life, his most cherished and important title in his entire life is Dad to his three children. Mr. Aquino has a personal goal to earn the Abbott World Marathon Majors Medal by 2024, with the Boston Marathon as the last Major left to complete.
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