MichaelAfar

Associate

Michael defends high-stakes, high-profile class action cases. He's at his best being his clients' right-hand attorney and the go-to for all things litigation.


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Michael has significant experience handling and managing complex class action matters under California law, including wage-and-hour class and representative action cases. He has dedicated his career to developing his skills to defend class actions. These are often high-profile, high-exposure "bet the company" cases. Clients turn to Michael for aggressive, practical solutions to fight such matters and obtain winning results. He doesn't look to settle early or back away from a fight.

Michael has been with Seyfarth for a decade. He started at the firm in 2009 as a class action clerk, where he worked full-time for two years before going to law school. He returned to Seyfarth for his 1L summer, his 2L summer, and worked part-time during his 3L year. Michael then became an associate in September 2014 after taking the California bar. Given his extensive history with the firm, Michael has been one of the key members of the trial teams in three jury trials, including two that resulted in full-defense verdicts. He 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.

For two cases in particular, after class certification was granted, Michael developed the necessary evidence and obtained class-wide summary judgment. Rather than waving the white flag after certification, or rushing to settle, he fought and found creative ways to win. Other examples include going out into the field, gathering declarations and taking depositions, and aggressively denying class certification in cases involving mileage reimbursement expenses and employee misclassification. In Michael's practice, it's not over until it's over. Clients appreciate that his ultimate goal is to win and get the best result, even in the face of setbacks.

Michael has developed many skills in the class action context, including document review and preparation, data analytics and calculations, and trial graphics creation. This came from being a class action clerk and being engrained in the class action world prior to his time as an associate. Michael offers value to clients based on his knowledge and expertise in these fields, among others, as well as a deep understanding of managing cases through trial. He also prides himself on developing long-term, portfolios-style relationships with clients, in which he handles multiple cases over multiple years for the same client and develops a deep understanding of their business. This delivers additional value for clients and makes Michael an indispensable, recurring member of their legal teams.

Michael is proud of the culture and the people at Seyfarth. In his words: "We breathe the same air as our clients, and we care as much about their cases as they do."

  • JD, Loyola Law School - Los Angeles

    Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, managing editor

  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles
    History

    Magna cum laude

  • California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California