Galia Aharoni Schmidt
Galia is the founding partner of Aharoni Business Law, PC. At ABL, Galia works with clients to analyze the whole health of their businesses, identify areas of potential liability, and strategize together to design a personalized plan to protect their businesses and their personal assets. Galia enjoys working with clients on all business, employment, and intellectual property issues, and she has particular expertise in business formation, independent contractor classification, and minimizing liability.
Throughout her entire childhood, people told Galia that she should be a lawyer, because she always stood up for people she felt were being treated unfairly. She also loved arguing, just for the fun of it! Now, Galia uses that passion to protect small business owners, because small business owners are drivers of change in the world.
Galia also has an insatiable desire for knowledge, and loves business law because she gets to learn about businesses and industries she would not have otherwise known anything about. She loves to use the all of the knowledge she gains to educate others, so those around her learn the easy way instead of the hard way.
Galia’s love of educating others extends to her writing and speaking engagements. Galia is a published author on intellectual property issues, and regularly speaks to organizations throughout the state and country to educate individuals and other lawyers on a variety of topics including business law, employment law, and technology.
Galia graduated from Tulane University School of Law with a certificate in environmental law and a sub-focus on intellectual property, and she currently has licenses to practice law in both California and Louisiana. Prior to founding ABL, Galia was a founding partner of a Bay Area-based multi-lawyer business law firm, practiced law at private law firms in both New Orleans and Oakland, and worked as a business development attorney at a large legal publisher in Northern California. She’s also done stints as a professional proofreader/editor and a dog sitter, but the latter was mostly just an excuse to hang out with other people’s dogs.
When not working, she can be found coffee-shop hopping, reading, taking meandering walks with her husband, Mike, and dog, Bruce, or collecting hobbies. A few of her favorite hobbies so far include belly dancing, glass flameworking, tai chi, and VR. She’s currently teaching herself how to code.
Jackie is a senior associate attorney practicing in all aspects of business, employment, and intellectual property law at ABL. She brings with her experience in managing artists and their intellectual property, as well as representing clients in varied employment, family, and business matters. She is compassionate and enjoys working directly with owners, entrepreneurs, and employees to help their small businesses and ideas succeed and grow.
Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2004, and Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. While there, she served as notes and comments editor of the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law and earned a certificate in Intellectual Property, Information and Media Law. Prior to entering private practice, she served a one-year term as law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Thurber, J.S.C. She is licensed to practice law in California.
A born and bred Midwesterner, Jackie came to California for a December sojourn and fell in love with the Golden State’s diverse offerings. When not practicing law, she enjoys year round beach days, spring skiing, and gardening in her backyard with her wife, two young sons, and their pups, a goldendoodle named Renly Baratheon and a rescue pooch named Dexter Morgan.
Colleen Martinez is ABL’s Office & Client Services Administrator. She has experience in human resources, accounting, and customer service. Throughout her career, Colleen accumulated a unique skill set that has shaped her into a well-rounded and versatile person. She tackles issues and concerns with a wide perspective, and strives to provide clients exceptional service and support.
Colleen earned her Associate of Science in Human Resources Administration from San Joaquin Valley College. Throughout Colleen’s academic career, she remained on the Dean’s Honor list for academic achievement. She’s had a strong interest in the internal ways of an organization and genuinely believes people should be taken care of and treated fairly, especially in a professional environment.
When Colleen is not at work, you can find her spending time with her family. She enjoys crafting, creating DIY-themed party decor, and, when she has the chance, relaxing on the couch with a Stephen King Novel.
Tony began his current career helping businesses stay afloat following the economic downturn of 2008. After helping streamline and run the day-to-day for a handful of businesses in the Mid-Atlantic and his hometown of Chicago, he headed west to learn the wine trade. As a serial entrepreneur in the Bay Area, he found himself so fond of the ABL team that he jumped at the opportunity to become an official member of the family.
A true proponent of “work smarter, not harder,” Tony has an uncontrollable compulsion for process improvement. He works behind the scenes to make sure clients have an easy, seamless experience with ABL. Off the clock, Tony is active in his East Oakland neighborhood as an advocate for safety, equity, and economic opportunity. Otherwise, he might be found at a trivia night, an escape room, or at home watching Bob Ross.
Harleen Bola is the Marketing Assistant at ABL. Harleen, a Santa Clara University Alum, has honed her Marketing talents as a Social Media Coordinator and freelance photographer. Her expertise lies in the fine art of producing engaging digital assets that bridge a thread of connection between viewer and creator. Harleen strives to infuse creativity and quality within every aspect of her work. She firmly believes in the empowering nature of content creation, as can be found on ABL’s social media accounts and website.
When she isn’t working or exploring the Bay Area streets on a photoshoot, Harleen enjoys getting lost in a good Fantasy Fiction novel, marathoning Food Network shows, listening to 1940-50’s R&B/Soul on vinyl, or watching a classic, nostalgia-filled movie.
As a UCSC Literature major back in the early 90’s, Juliet never dreamed she’d be working with a Law Firm specializing in Business, Employment, & Intellectual Property Law, let alone in Operations! But after considering her own keen eye for detail and natural compulsion to get things done, she realized it was a perfect fit. Juliet wholly believes in ABL’s mission to help small businesses start & grow, & feels fortunate to play an ongoing role in their success.
Juliet’s hobbies include using the Oxford Comma & the Ampersand at every opportunity, talking about her cat to anyone who will listen, drinking caffeinated beverages, & taking a weekly Fusion Style Bellydance class.