JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner in charge of the Outten & Golden LLP San Francisco office, where he represents employees in class actions asserting wage and hour, discrimination, and other claims.  He has also represented consumers challenging deceptive business practices and discrimination, as well as plaintiffs in appeals of class actions in state and federal courts. 

Mr. Sagafi is a Governor of the board of Public Advocates, a board member of national nonprofit Alliance for Justice, a member of the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter’s Board of Advisors, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF’s) Judicial Evaluations Committee, and a volunteer attorney fee dispute arbitrator for BASF.  He has also served as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Northern California and chair of the San Francisco ACS chapter’s board of directors.  He is a frequent speaker and writer regarding employment litigation, class action jurisprudence, and other issues.

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, and clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.  Mr. Sagafi graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. 

JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner in charge of the Outten & Golden LLP San Francisco office, where represents employees in class actions asserting wage and hour, discrimination, and other claims.  He has represented classes of workers alleging race and gender discrimination, including store salespeople at Abercrombie & Fitch, restaurant workers at McCormick & Schmick’s, and financial professionals at Goldman Sachs.  He has also recovered overtime compensation, meal and rest break pay, and vacation pay for various groups of workers, such as technical support workers at IBM, Computer Sciences Corp., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, Cadence Design Systems, and Premera Blue Cross (with total settlements in those cases over $100 million*), security officers at Inter-Con, temp staffing workers at Adecco, hourly employees at Wal-Mart.  He currently represents MFLCs who support military servicepeople and were classified as independent contractors by MHN, seeking overtime pay and other benefits.

Mr. Sagafi has also represented consumers challenging widespread deceptive business practices and discrimination.  For example, he has helped to recover over $1 billion* on behalf of African American and Latino customers of Toyota, Honda, and WFS, in class actions alleging that those customers were charged higher discretionary finance charge markups than white customers with similar creditworthiness.  He is also class counsel in settlements on behalf of Verizon and AT&T landline phone customers who were charged monthly fees by third-party companies without customer authorization (a practice called “cramming”).  He has asserted the rights of DirecTV customers charged unfair and deceptive early cancellation fees, uninsured hospital patients challenging unfairly high charges, and insurance customers subjected to deceptive sales practices, among others. 

In addition, Mr. Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals of class actions in state and federal courts, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption. 

Active in the San Francisco Bay Area and national legal communities, Mr. Sagafi has served on several boards.  He is a Governor of the board of Public Advocates, where he chairs the Development and Communications Committee.  He is a board member of national nonprofit Alliance for Justice.  In addition, Mr. Sagafi is a member of the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter’s Board of Advisors.  He is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Judicial Evaluations Committee and serves as a volunteer attorney fee dispute arbitrator for BASF.  He has also served as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Northern California (and as Chair of Legal Committee) and the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter (Chair of board).  In addition, he has served as an organizer of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section conferences and as an Executive Committee member of the California Bar Litigation Section.  Mr. Sagafi has received the Community Justice Award from Centro Legal De La Raza and has been recognized as a "Rising Star for Northern California" by Super Lawyers and a “Top 20 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal in California. 

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, and clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.  Mr. Sagafi graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and president of the Board of Student Advisers. 

Mr. Sagafi is admitted to practice in California, the District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, The Superior Court of Orange County, the Southern District of New York, and the Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals 

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

   

Speaking Engagements

2014

  • Speaker: 'The Use of Experts in Title VII Cases', ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaker: "Key Wage and Hour Developments", California Employment Law Update 2014, Practising Law Institute (San Francisco, CA)
  • Speaker: "Analyzing Damages in Wage and Hour Cases", American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group (Baltimore, MD)

Publications

2015:

  • ABA Survey of State Class Action Law — 2015-16, Coordinating Editor, and State Editor

2014:

  • Survey of the State, Class Action Law – 2014-15; A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, Coordinating Editor, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Class Actions: A Path Through the Darkness? New directions for class-action lawyers in the era of a conservative-dominated Supreme Court, co-authored with Jennifer L. Liu, Plaintiff Magazine, January 2014

Recognition

  • 2015 Leading Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, California

  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers

  • 2011 Northern California Rising Stars

  • 2010 Northern California Rising Stars

  • 2009 Northern California Rising Stars

  • Community Justice Award, Centro Legal De La Raza

  • “Top 20 Under 40” Lawyer, Daily Journal, California