Mr. Michael Afar is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and focuses his practice on wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, breach of contract, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, and unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200.
Mr. Afar has experience briefing successful summary judgment moving papers, motions to deny class certification, motions to compel, demurrers, and removals. Mr. Afar has successfully argued several motions in court, including pre-trial motions in class action cases. He has also defended depositions, including depositions of high-level managers and decision-makers.
Mr. Afar has been one of the key members of the trial teams in three jury trials, including two that resulted in full defense verdicts. Mr. Afar has significant experience in trial preparation, including overall defense strategy, jury selection and voir dire, mock trials and focus groups, video deposition presentation, graphic presentation, and motions in limine. Mr. Afar single-handedly settled three individual plaintiff cases in the four-figure range. Mr. Afar was also a class action clerk at Seyfarth Shaw LLP for both 1L and 2L summers, as well as part-time during his 3L year.
- J.D., Loyola Law School at Los Angeles (2014)
- Managing Editor, Entertainment Law Review
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
- State Bar of California (Labor & Employment Law Section)
- Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
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