Hallie L. Von Rock (SBN 233152) Attorney
Education and Background
I moved to the Bay Area from Washington after graduating high school. I had been accepted to UC Berkeley through a program where I could defer for two years while getting my California residency and attending community college, which was significant since I was paying for college on my own. I began working for Randall Aiman-Smith and Reed Marcy in 1996 as an office manager while taking night classes. My first foray into the legal world was soon after starting at the firm when I was ready to transfer to UC Berkeley. Rather than accepting my resident status, the Board of Regents took the position that California residency required a student to be in California “two calendar years.” Randall and Reed took up my case with same verve as they helped their actual clients and I got the chance to comb through the UC Berkeley library to read their codes and regulations to support my position. In that experience, I learned what is was like to feel helpless against a big organization and then to have dedicated attorneys in my corner to take up my cause.
After a break to pursue my major in art history, I went to UC Hastings College of Law and continued working with Randall and Reed. Having worked together now for 20 years, we have a unique ability to work collaboratively and finish each other’s sentences. I have strived throughout my career to make a difference in the lives of our clients because being a lawyer can be stressful with long hours and time away from family. However, at the end of the day, if I am helping someone to be compensated for losses they suffered, then I know that all the work put into a case has been worth it. When someone asks me why I chose to be a lawyer, the answer is simple – I want to help others seek justice.
I have 12 years of experience in civil litigation and class action cases, including conducting discovery and depositions, calculating damages analysis, preparing motions for certification, writing appellate documents, and overseeing claims administration. Recently, I was the partner in charge of preparing a class certification motion on behalf of employees at Abercrombie & Fitch, where the plaintiffs claimed they were forced to purchase Abercrombie & Fitch clothing to comply with the dress code policy and were not reimbursed. The Central District Court of California certified the case of Brown v. Abercrombie & Fitch (No. CV 14-1242) in July, 2015.
Aiman-Smith & Marcy has sponsored me in the Boston Marathon, which I have run for the last three years. I have also participated in many local races, including the half marathon at the Oakland Running Festival where I was lucky to come in 2nd place for women. When I race, I often wear a “Rockstar Ronan” shirt to support research for childhood cancer through The Ronan Thompson Foundation.
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1999
- Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 2004
- Wage & Hour Class Actions
- Failure to reimburse business expenses
- Wrongful termination
- Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
- Investor Losses
- Consumer Fraud & Class Action Lawsuits
- False Advertising
- United States Supreme Court
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
- All California State Courts
- Recipient: Witkin Award for Excellence for Trial Advocacy; CERCLA Outstanding Achievement Award for Trial Advocacy and for Moot Court
- Editor, Hastings West Northwest Environmental Law Journal