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Aaron Clefton

Aaron Clefton

Americans with Disabilities Act and Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • Civil Rights
  • California
Claimed Lawyer Profile

Aaron Clefton is the Managing Partner of Rein & Clefton. He is dedicated to advancing the civil and economic rights of persons with disabilities and all people who are vulnerable or impoverished.

Aaron is lead counsel on all ADA cases for Rein & Clefton. He has over 17 years working in the field of disability rights, 5 years of that as an attorney.

He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer honor of “AV-Preeminent” in 2021, given to attorneys “who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.” That same year he was made a fellow of the National Litigation Council, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, “representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.” In 2022 Aaron was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Aaron is a Phi Beta Kappa Honors graduate from the University of Washington, earning double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas. Aaron graduated with his Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University in 2017, where he was awarded multiple scholarships. These honors included an award for commitment to the civil rights of disabled persons and honors for academic merit. Aaron also served in John F. Kennedy University’s Housing Advocacy Clinic, representing low-income and disabled tenants.

Aaron was also the editor for Paul Rein’s overview of disability access laws, Full and Equal Access: Disabled Rights Litigation in California.

Aaron’s passion for fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities and the economically vulnerable is inspired by the memory of his father, Kim Clefton, who struggled with disability access issues and debt while living with Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (1950-1993).

Practice Area
Civil Rights
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing
  • Free Consultation
    We offer free consultations for ADA cases, and a sliding scale fee for Bankruptcy consultations.
  • Contingent Fees
    We charge nothing for our Americans with Disabilities Act cases. We offer sliding scale fees for Bankruptcy cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 318680
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Rein & Clefton Attorneys at Law
- Current
Managing Attorney
Law Offices of Paul L. Rein
Senior Paralegal
Law Offices of Paul L. Rein
John F. Kennedy University
J.D. (2017) | Law
Honors: Public Interest Advocate; Multiple Academic Honors and Scholarships
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University of Washington
B.A. (2001) | Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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Rising Star
Super Lawyer Magazine
Aaron Clefton is a top-rated attorney practicing in the Oakland, California area. Providing legal representation in California for a variety of different issues, Aaron Clefton was selected to Rising Stars for 2022.
Martindale Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating is awarded to only those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability.
Public Advocate Award
John F. Kennedy University College of Law
Competitively ranked honor awarded to law student that faculty believed demonstrated highest commitment to public interest and justice.
Witkin Award - Community Property
John F. Kennedy University College of Law
Awarded for academic merit when achieving highest grade in a given subject.
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 318680
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Websites & Blogs
Rein & Clefton Home Page
Contact & Map
Rein & Clefton Attorneys at Law
200 Lakeside Dr.
Suite A
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 832-5001