MIKAEL A. ROJAS is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents clients nationally in individual and class action cases challenging discrimination and wage theft. He is a member of the firm’s Discrimination & Retaliation and Class & Collective Action Practice Groups.
Mr. Rojas has handled a broad variety of discrimination cases, including those based on race, national origin, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and sex and gender. He also dedicates his practice to confronting wage theft, particularly where companies have “misclassified” their employees in order to deprive them of important benefits like overtime pay, minimum wage, and paid leave. Mr. Rojas has represented workers across job positions and industries, from valet drivers and janitors to congressional staffers and senior corporate executives.
Mr. Rojas has contributed to case teams securing significant relief for clients through litigation in state and federal courts, and also through private dispute resolution forums such as mediation and arbitration. Some public successes in Mr. Rojas’ recent cases include:
- Stoe v. Barr, 960 F.3d 627 (D.C. Cir. 2020). Opinion reversing district court’s dismissal of case, and ordering a trial for senior government employee’s age and gender discrimination claims against the U.S. Department of Justice, stating that there was “no doubt” that a jury could find in favor of the employee.
- U.S. House of Representatives Settlement. Obtaining $850,000 settlement for Pakistani-American congressional staffers with wrongful termination claims, which the New York Times reported as “one of the largest known awards by the House to resolve discrimination or harassment claims.”
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rojas litigated employment and housing discrimination cases as a fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, and immigrants’ rights cases as a fellow at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Fernando M. Olguin, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California.
Mr. Rojas earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was awarded the John Hart Ely Prize for outstanding writing and the Judge Thelton E. Henderson Prize for outstanding performance in the law school’s legal services clinic. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington State University.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)
Bar Admissions & Professional Activities
Mr. Rojas is admitted to practice law only in California and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Rojas is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Courts for the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the District of Columbia; and the District of Maryland.
Co-Chair, Public Service Committee, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Co-Chair, Black Lives Matter Taskforce, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Board Member, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
Committee Member, Legislative Committee, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
- Moderator: "Thirty Years after the Mt. Pleasant Uprising: Lessons on Policing, Race, and Belonging for the Hispanic Community in D.C.," Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
- Panelist: "Lessons from Advocacy in the Time of COVID: Depositions, Mediations, Arbitrations, Remote & In-Person Trials," Metropolitan Washington Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference
- Panelist: "Is Your Artificial Intelligence Breaking the Law?," D.C. Bar, Changing Currents in Employment Law 2019: Recent Trends and Developments, Washington D.C.
- Panelist: "Private Public Interest Law," Stanford Law School
Publications & Articles
Fair access to loans is a civil right. Our livelihood depends on credit because we use loans to advance our education, purchase a home or a car, or...
In a significant victory for immigrants' rights, the U.S Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to rescind the Deferred Action for...
Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington and Mikael Rojas, The Washington Lawyer, January/February 2020
By Mikael Rojas and Maria Malaver Both plaintiff and defense-side employment counsel have long understood that Title VII claimants in the District...
Mikael Rojas, Planning/Communications, September 2017, co-author with Michael Allen and others.
Mikael Rojas, American Bar Association, 12th Annual Labor and Employment Conference, November 2018, co-author with Cara Greene.
Awards & Recognition
Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2021