ABOUT ASHWIN R. TREHAN, ATTORNEY
Although I’ve been practicing law for 15 years, I didn’t always want to be a lawyer. Growing up in South Florida, I played a lot of baseball and watched a lot of spring training. So, naturally, I wanted to be a baseball player.
As I later learned, there are a lot of good little league players and they don’t all end up going pro. Thankfully, I had a fallback plan: school. I attended Suncoast High School and completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. My hard work in high school paid off, as I received a full National Merit Scholarship to attend the University of Florida. After graduating and taking a year off to work at a pizza store as a delivery driver and occasional manager, I attended the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where I graduated with honors.
Law school was when I first learned there was such a thing as “employment law,” and I spent the summer after my second year of law school as a summer associate at a respected labor and employment law firm in Tampa. From there, I was hooked on employment law, and I’ve never looked back.
As a child of immigrant parents who came to this country in search of the American Dream, I understand the value of hard work, and the idea that with enough dedication and grit, nearly anything is possible. I also understand that not everyone starts on equal footing, and not everyone receives a fair shot. When employees are denied their rights—to equal opportunities, to their hard-earned pay, to a workplace free from harassment—they need someone in their corner willing to fight for them. I am grateful that I can help our clients through some very difficult times.
Though I do not do this work for accolades, I am proud to have received my fair share over the years. I was rated as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year from 2015 through 2021; I was named among the Best Lawyers in America for 2020 and 2021; and I have received the AV Preeminent rating from my peers.
I have served as a contributing author to the Midwinter Reports of the ABA’s FMLA subcommittee since 2018 and of the FLSA subcommittee from 2018 through 2021. I also was the Co-Founder and Co-Chair from 2018 through 2021 of the Florida Diversity Council’s Business of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, coaching my son’s baseball team, listening to and talking about music, watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and trying to perfect my Arnold impersonation, playing the bass guitar I’ve had since high school, and playing rec league softball with people who don’t take it, or themselves, too seriously.