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Aaron M. Cargain’s practice emphasis includes defending clients in labor and employment, directors and officers, professional liability, personal injury, insurance coverage and bad faith, real estate, and property damage disputes.  He represents clients in all phases of litigation in civil and administrative proceedings. He also assists clients with preparing and negotiating commercial contracts.

Mr. Cargain’s representative successes include prevailing on motions to dismiss and summary judgment.  He recently obtained a favorable appellate verdict which resulted in a substantial attorney’s fee award being affirmed on appeal. He also has experience in trial proceedings.

Mr. Cargain has authored and co-authored several articles on coverage, privacy, punitive damages, and bias claims for publications including Law360, PropertyCasualty360, Daily Journal, and Insurance Journal.  He recently co-presented on California’s Assembly Bill 5 and the codification of the “ABC Test,” which governs when courts will consider workers employees rather than independent contractors.  

Mr. Cargain is licensed in California and New York. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden. During law school, Mr. Cargain interned with the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and clerked at a law firm in the San Francisco Bay area. His pro bono and volunteer activities include assisting with the formation of a nonprofit organization focused on introducing at-risk youth to the outdoors and serving on his town’s school bond oversight committee. 



  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court
    • Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit


  • Rutgers University School of Law, Camden – J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego – B.A.

Professional Memberships

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • PLUS Northern California Chapter Board member
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360