Colin J. Tanner is a founding partner of the firm, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Chair of the Personnel Committee, and Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. In these capacities, Mr. Tanner advises clients regarding their labor and employment practices as well as defends and/or prosecutes litigation claims on their behalf. He also practices in the areas of preventive liability, insurance coverage, and business litigation for the firm’s public and private sector clients.
Mr. Tanner was born in Oyster Bay, New York. He received a B.A. in English & American Literature and Political Science from the University of California San Diego in 1987 and his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1990. Mr. Tanner has been admitted to practice before all courts and administrative tribunals in California, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California. He has also been admitted to practice in the State of Colorado. Mr. Tanner is a member of the California State Bar, Colorado State Bar, American Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association.
In 1990, Mr. Tanner joined the general litigation department of Haight, Brown & Bonesteel in Santa Monica after clerking with the firm during law school. In 1993, Mr. Tanner joined the litigation group of Fainsbert, Mase & Snyder in West Los Angeles, eventually becoming Chair of the litigation and employment practice groups before relocating to Orange County in 1999. In 1999, Mr. Tanner joined Hart, King & Coldren as senior counsel, continuing his litigation and employment practices. In 2000, Mr. Tanner joined Burke, Williams & Sorensen as a contract partner in its Irvine office, eventually being invited to be a full equity partner, and participating in the firm's public law, labor & employment and business practice groups. In 2003, Mr. Tanner became a founding partner in Aleshire & Wynder and undertook to Chair its Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Mr. Tanner has authored or co-authored articles which include: Peace Officer Retirement Identification Issues and the Related Endorsement to Carry a Concealed Weapon, When is an Administrative Decision Final?, U.S. Supreme Court Holds Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Employment Contracts Are Valid and Enforceable, Public Employee's Failure To Promptly Seek Judicial Review Of Adverse Administrative Decision May Bar Lawsuit Under FEHA, and California Supreme Court Validates Binding Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements In Employment Discrimination Cases.