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Aris Karakalos

Of Counsel

Aris Karakalos handles a wide variety of employment and civil litigation for Strauss & Strauss, APC, including claims for unpaid overtimewage-and-hour class actionswrongful termination, and unreimbursed business expenses.

Aris has handled a wide array of civil and appellate matters including administrative writs, writs of habeas corpus, family law issues, parole hearings, contract disputes, wrongful termination and immigration.

Aris graduated from the University of Arizona, School of Law in 2005, where he worked on the Arizona Journal of International and Corporate Law. During law school, Aris served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, who sits on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Prior to law school, Aris earned dual degrees in Economics and Art History from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Before joining Strauss & Strauss, APC, Aris worked as an associate attorney at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP and Lascher & Lascher, where he specialized in appellate practice.


When not working, Aris enjoys playing with his children; playing basketball, volleyball, and tennis. He also enjoys watching documentaries; playing backgammon; travelling; cooking and spending time at the beach. Aris is fluent in English and Greek and proficient in Italian.


  • J.D., University of Arizona, College of the Law, 2005
  • B.A., Grinnell College, Economics and Art History, 2001
  • American Community School of Athens, Greece, 1997


  • State Bar of California, December 2005
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Published Opinions:

  • Hearn v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 279 F.Supp.2d 1096 (D. Ariz. 2003), co-authored
  • Laabs v. Southern Cal. Edison, 175 Cal.App.4th 1260 (2009), lead counsel
  • Kin v. Holder, 595 F.3d 1050 (9th Cir. 2010), lead counsel
  • Newton v. Parker Drilling Mgmt, Servs., Ltd., 881 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 2018), co-counsel
  • Curtis v. Irwin Industries, Inc., 913 F.3d 1146 (9th Cir. 2019), lead counsel
  • Parker Drilling v. Management Services, Ltd., v. Newton, 139 S.Ct 1881 (June 10, 2019), co-counsel

Professional Affiliations and Honors:

  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
Our Notable Class Action Cases
  • Ayala v. Terminix International, Inc.
  • Bankwitz v. Ecolab Inc. - Territory Manager Overtime Lawsuit
  • Bautista v. Alliance Environmental Group
  • Berry v. DCOR, LLC
  • Bognuda v. Great White Dental
  • Campos v. Ecolab Inc. – California Route Sales Manager (RSM) Lawsuit

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