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Jahan C. Sagafi
JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner in charge of the Outten & Golden LLP San Francisco office, where he represents workers in class actions asserting wage and hour, discrimination, Fair Credit Reporting Act, 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 HVAC service technicians, 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 call center workers alleging off-the-clock work, in-house instructors at AT&T www.attovertimepay.com, pregnant women at Raley’s supermarkets, counselors on military bases who were classified as independent contractors by MHN, financial professionals at Morgan Stanley, and shoppers and drivers working for Instacart.
In addition, Mr. Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals of class actions in state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption.
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.
Active in the San Francisco Bay Area and national legal communities, Mr. Sagafi has served on several boards. He is a board member of national nonprofit Alliance for Justice http://www.afj.org/about-afj/bios/jahan-sagafi. In addition, Mr. Sagafi is a member of the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter’s Board of Advisors. In the past, he has served as a Governor of the board of the nonprofit Public Advocates, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Judicial Evaluations Committee, a BASF attorney fee disputes arbitrator, Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Northern California (and Chair of Legal Committee), chair of the Board of the San Francisco ACS chapter, and an Executive Committee member of the California Bar Litigation Section. In addition, he has served as an organizer of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section conferences. Mr. Sagafi has received the Community Justice Award from Centro Legal De La Raza and has been repeatedly recognized as a "Rising Star for Northern California" by Super Lawyers and a “Top 20 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal in California. More recently, he has been named a “Super Lawyer” (2014, 2015, 2016) and one of the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Northern California (2015, 2016). http://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-northern/san-francisco/lawyer/jahan-sagafi/c38493ad-b849-47f9-a617-ae068f0ad6e5.html
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.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)
Bar Admissions & Professional Activities
Mr. Sagafi is admitted to practice in California, the District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, the Southern District of New York, and the Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Active in the San Francisco Bay Area and national legal communities, Mr. Sagafi has served on several boards. He is a board member of national nonprofit Alliance for Justice http://www.afj.org/about-afj/bios/jahan-sagafi. In addition, Mr. Sagafi is a member of the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter’s Board of Advisors https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/ca/bay-area-san-francisco-oakland-silicon-valley-lawyer-chapter/leadership. In the past, he has served as a Governor of the board of the nonprofit Public Advocates, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Judicial Evaluations Committee, a BASF attorney fee disputes arbitrator, Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Northern California (and Chair of Legal Committee), chair of the Board of the San Francisco ACS chapter, and an Executive Committee member of the California Bar Litigation Section. In addition, he has served as an organizer of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section conferences.
- Speaker: "An Uncertain Future: The 21st Century Workforce in California," Bloomberg Law San Francisco Leadership Exchange, San Francisco, CA
- Speaker: "Pay Audits, Pay Transparency, and the Public Disclosure of Pay Data," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, New Orleans, LA
- Panelist: "Use and Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information," ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Washington, DC
- Speaker: "Trends in Class Action Employment Litigation," Practising Law Institute, Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2016: The California Difference, San Francisco, CA
- Panelist: "Resolving Wage & Hour Mass Action: The Ever-Changing Landscape," JAMS, San Francisco, CA
- Speaker: "Procedural Barriers to Discrimination Cases," UC Hastings Law Journal Spring Symposium, The Status of Antidiscrimination Law and Litigation in the United States, San Francisco, CA
- Speaker: "Brainstorming Best Practices in Pay Equity," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Austin, TX
- 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," Practising Law Institute, California Employment Law Update 2014, 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 & Articles
Awards & Recognition
2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
2016-2018 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, California
2015 Leading Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, California
2015-2017 Super Lawyer’s Top Lists, Top 100: 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers
2014-2018 Northern California Super Lawyers
2009-2011 Northern California Rising Stars
Community Justice Award, Centro Legal De La Raza
“Top 20 Under 40” Lawyer, Daily Journal, California