Aaron Clefton is the Managing Partner of Rein & Clefton. Aaron is dedicated to advancing the civil and economic rights of those who are economically vulnerable or physically disabled, and those who are working or impoverished.
Aaron is lead counsel on all Federal Bankruptcy and ADA cases. Aaron brings his extensive knowledge of Federal Court procedure to bear on assisting clients with disabilities and with bankruptcy. He represents consumer debtors under bankruptcy laws, and persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, both in Federal Court.
Aaron is a Phi Beta Kappa Honors graduate from the University of Washington, earning double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History of Philosophy. Aaron graduated with his Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University, College of Law, in May, 2017, where he was awarded multiple scholarships. These honors included an award for commitment to the civil rights of disabled persons, and two more honors for academic merit. Aaron was the editor for Paul Rein’s comprehensive book on disability access laws, “Full and Equal Access: Disabled Rights Litigation in California” (Word Association Publishers, 2013).
Aaron was twice selected to participate in John F. Kennedy University’s Housing Advocacy Clinic. The Clinic provides law students the opportunity to represent low-income tenants, including disabled tenants, about their housing rights.
During his mid-30s Aaron pursued his dream of becoming an attorney after 13 years working in the legal industry as a receptionist, legal assistant, and then as a paralegal. He attended law school at night and worked during the day while supporting his family of four, including his twin sons who were six years old when he started school.
In his first year in law school, his wife lost her job. Aaron became the sole breadwinner for his family. To keep his family financially afloat, he was forced to take out the maximum number of student loans that he could, incurring substantial student loan debt to finish school and get his law degree.
His personal experience with debt lead him to expand the Rein & Clefton law firm to include affordable bankruptcy representation to serve the greater Bay Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. His personal and professional commitment is to help others to the best of his ability, according to each of his client’s individual needs.
Aaron’s passion for the rights of persons with disabilities, and fighting for the rights of the economically vulnerable is inspired by the memory of his father, Kim Clefton, who struggled with debt while living with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (1950-1993).
Aaron is a lucky husband, and proud father of teenage twin boys. When not lawyering, Aaron carries on a family tradition, passed on by his disabled father, for family game nights. He enjoys playing board games and cards with family and friends, ranging from Chess, Euchre, and Bridge, to more contemporary titles like Settlers of Catan, Charterstone, Agricola, and Magic: the Gathering.