University of Washington, B.A.,
University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Thurston Honor Society
- Order of the Coif
Honors & Awards
- Honored as a Northern California "Rising Star" by Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine (2009-2012)
- Thurston Honor Society
- Order of the Coif
Aron K. Liang is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where he focuses on securities litigation, antitrust litigation, environmental contamination litigation, consumer protection, general business litigation and other complex civil litigation. A graduate of the University of Washington, he received his Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the University of California Hastings School of Law.
Aron has wide experience as a litigator in a number of different areas of law. Aron represented a number of major pension funds, public entities and investment companies in high-profile securities litigation relating to securities fraud that had occurred at companies such as WorldCom and Qwest Communications International. Aron has represented entities such as the California State Teachers’ Retirement System ("CalSTRS"), the Regents of the University of California and Franklin Templeton Investments. Aron also represented CalSTRS in a successful opt-out securities case relating to the accounting fraud surrounding the merger between AOL and Time Warner, now generally recognized as one of the worst mergers in American corporate history.
Aron has also been involved in several antitrust class actions, representing the plaintiffs against the manufacturers of Static Random Access Memory ("SRAM"), international freight forwarding companies and against airlines who allegedly conspired to set the price of surcharges on tickets between the United States and various foreign countries, including the United Kingdom and Japan.
Aron has also been involved in several environmental contamination cases. Aron represented a major property developer in the San Francisco Bay Area who was involved in years-long litigation against Ingersoll-Rand related to solvent contamination caused by a lock factory to property owned by the property developer in Brisbane, California. In describing the performance of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP in that case, the Court of Appeal wrote, "The litigation was extraordinarily complex and required a high level of legal skills to obtain a favorable result. CP&M was an experienced litigation firm that obtained a ‘stupendous’ result for the UPC." Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy v. Universal Paragon Corp. (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 1405, 1421. Aron also successfully represented several homeowners in San Luis Obispo who lived in residences that were built on top of oil-contaminated soil, as well as homeowners in Salinas who lived next to the Crazy Horse Landfill.
Aron has represented investors, both individuals and entities, in a number of court and arbitration forums, including before the California Superior Court, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") and the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"). Aron has managed to achieve successful resolutions in cases in all of these different forums.
Aron also has significant experience representing international clients, including a prominent family in the Phillippines regarding a long-running international business dispute with another Phillippines business entity relating to business dealings in the United States. Aron has also successfully defended a major Chinese Information Technology ("IT") company in a business dispute in San Mateo Superior Court.
Aron has also served on the trial team on two cases that were tried to verdict. In 2011, Aron successfully represented a class of lenders who were deceived into loaning money to a massive Ponzi scheme in Fresno. The case, entitled Vicken Massoyan, et al. v. HL Leasing, Inc., et al., was tried to verdict in Fresno Superior Court. A jury awarded the class $47.22 million against two former corporate officers of the Ponzi scheme. The judge also granted a motion for directed verdict against the corporate entities for $114.5 million. This is one of the few class actions in recent history that has been successfully tried to verdict. Aron also successfully defended the City and County of San Francisco ("CCSF") against a frivolous $7 million civil rights claim brought by two former contractors of CCSF. Instead, the jury found that the contractors had defrauded CCSF and awarded CCSF monetary damages.
Aron is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.
- January 2013Advocate, Volume 40, No. 1
American Bar Association
San Mateo County Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
- November 14, 2013
- October 30, 2013Fresno Bee
- CPM Files Complaint on Behalf of PG&E Against Its Officers and Directors for Breach of Their Fiduciary DutiesSeptember 23, 2013
- August 9, 2013San Mateo Daily Journal
- August 6, 2013San Mateo Daily Journal
- Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP Appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in HSBC Overdraft FeeJuly 24, 2013Bloomberg
- July 24, 2013Sacramento Bee
- July 24, 2013
- July 23, 2013
- March 27, 2013
- March 4, 2013
- December 19, 2012
- October 9, 2012
- $114 Million in Verdicts Against HL Leasing, Inc. and its Top Corporate Officers for California Ponzi SchemeAugust 5, 2011