Zein E. Obagi, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Obagi Law Group, P.C.
 | 811 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1709
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-441-0175
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Cannabis Law (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Arabic
Attorney Profile

Attorney Zein E. Obagi Jr. is the founder and lead counsel at the Obagi Law Group, P.C., in Los Angeles, California. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metro area and all across the state, Mr. Obagi offers exceptional and effective advocacy to those who are dealing with legal challenges involving any of the following and more:

  • Employment law litigation for matters involving sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblower defense and employer retaliation
  • Business litigation and partnership disputes with a particular emphasis on the cannabis industry
  • Real estate litigation — excluding landlord/tenant disputes
  • Judgment enforcement

Throughout his legal career spanning more than 10 years, Mr. Obagi has earned a reputation as a tenacious and aggressive trial attorney who zealously pursues the most favorable outcomes on his clients' behalves. His list of successes is varied and many, including enforcing judgments against a wide range of defiant institutions such as the Mexican government, prosecuting bad faith insurance claims, and defending the rights of consumers dealing with unfair and unlawful debt collection practices.

He has also become one of the region's leading attorneys for both commercial and residential real estate disputes, and he has extensive experience handling cases involving breaches of contract, fraud and other matters. He has also provided a voice to individuals wronged by large and powerful entities, such as foreign governments, federal agencies, local school districts and municipalities, to help them achieve the justice they deserve.

A 2005 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Obagi attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008. While in law school, he was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and he received the highest score in his class for "Contracts."

Along with practicing before all state courts in California, Mr. Obagi is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In the last few years, has has been admitted pro hac vice in one case or another against a foreign state in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment Litigation
  • 40%Cannabis Law
  • 10%Business Litigation
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Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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About Zein Obagi, Jr.

Admitted: 2009, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.obagilaw.com/attorneys/zein-e-obagi-jr-/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Admission, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the North District of California Admission, 2019
  • Pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2014
  • California
  • Executive Committe Member, Small Firms Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Attained jury verdict for $2,718,000, including 50% of cannabis business and punitive damages against client’s partners who converted nonprofit mutual benefit corporation to a for profit corporation, took 100% of the stock in violation of the parties’ agreement, and wrongfully relocated adult use cannabis dispensary license to new location.    Prior to trial, Defendants’ highest offer was $200,000 and no ownership., 2020
  • Attained federal court judgment for $111,766.47 against individual and her company when they defaulted on a promissory note. Proceeded to enforce judgment against same., 2020
  • Proved up $657,545.01 judgement against real estate agent who acted as project manager for real estate development, and misappropriated funds entrusted to her for the project, instead for personal uses.  Employed numerous forensic accounting methods and subpoenas to uncover full breadth of fraud and conversio., 2020
  • Attained two years of pay for client as part of early confidential settlement after filing complaint for sexual harassment and wrongful termination., 2019
  • After pharmaceutical company with failed drugs failed to pay consultant, promptly filed suit and recovered 95% of debt owed to consultant, or $70,000 lump sum payment, as part of immediate settlement., 2020
  • After defeating defendants’ motion for summary adjudication in case alleging implied pedestrian easement, negotiated settlement under which plaintiff clients received express written, recorded pedestrian easement that runs with the land in perpetuity, and significant monetary settlement for temporary loss of use of easement., 2020
  • After arranger for wealthy Dubai prince told luxury homeowner to “hold” property for his client and then did not sign rental agreement, filed suit against arranger and his broker for negligent misrepresentation, and reached favorable settlement agreement with each., 2020
  • Tried a case against Permanent Mission of Sweden, which was represented by Holland & Knight, LLP, against multiple attorneys to verdict after 9-day non-jury trial in Southern District of New York, 2017, 2018
  • Second chaired successful arbitration defense of prominent physician in multi-million dollar arbitration alongside top litigators from the O’Melveny law firm.  , 2019
  • Successfully enforced judgment against the Country of Mexico and Consulate General of Mexico within six months of retention, after the judgment had been unpaid for 8 years. Advanced Janitorial Services v. Consulate General of Mexico, et al., LASC Case No. BC213353, 2011, 2011
  • After prove-up, attained judgmnet for fraud for $122,830.64 in 3F Engineering, Inc. v. Callos, LASC Case No. BC445599, 2012
  • For wrongfully sued client, successfully attained set-aside of default judgment and return of garnished wages to clients and within two months attained dismissal of complaint with prejudice. California Cola, Inc., LASC Case No. 11E02681, 2013
  • For distressed debt investor client, prosecuted litigation against debtor and reached a settlement agreement. When debtor defaulted, moved to enforce settlement agreement, attained judgement and was able to recover entire debt through wage garnishment. Affordable Debt Solutions, Inc. v. Espadero, San Bernardino County Superior Court Case No. CIV DS 1310119, 2013
  • Collected over $300,000 from dozens of outstanding account receivables accounts on behalf of four courier companies in Southern California under common ownership through demands, litigation and judgment enforcement action, 2013
  • Attained arbitration award at ADR Services, Inc. in breach of contract action for plaintiff clients for $124,615.6, including an award of all attorneys' fees, arising from a professional services firm wrongfully assigning collection of its contract in violation of its contractual terms, 2014
  • After receipt of only $2.55 million of $7 million dollar asset and purchase and sale agreement, successfully represented seller of legal cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles in breach of contract and fraud action buyers, recovering an additional $3.5 million of purchase price,and attaining seven-figure judgment for consequential damages, interest, attorneys fees and costs, 2018
  • Successfully prosecuted action to enforce Residential Real Estate Purchase Agreement related to coveted real property, by filing compliant, recording lis pendens, defending expungement of the same and forcing defendants' hand to sell the property to client. LASC Case No. BC608717, 2016
  • Recovered $50,000 for employee wrongfully terminated by big bank for sexual orientation discrimination, medical condition discrimination and following bank superior's directive to procure accounts from consumers using questionable tactics, 2015
  • After nonjury trial, attained court judgment for non-dischargeability of six-figure judgment debt based on fraud in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal, 2015
  • Attained collective settlement of $337,500.00 for mother and her special education son, based on torts committed against minor child, after taking three cases case over from mother in pro per, 2015
  • Attained $900,000 settlement in bad-faith insurance claim by homeowners against major insurance carrier for sudden and accidental discharge of water, after Shernoff & Bidart, et al. quit the case, 2015
  • Successfully prosecuted action against slumplord commercial landlord, and procured favorable settlement of $100,000 on the record at mandatory settlement conference, 2016
  • Recovered six-figure settlement after enforcing promissory note arising from gambling in federal court, 2016
  • Recovered $150,000 in federal court action prosecuted on behalf of employee against employer for (1) nonpayment of overtime compensation, (2) failure to provide meal and rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof, (2) misclassification of employee as independent contractor and wage statement violations, etc, 2017
  • Represented administrator of estate in successfully prosecuting complaint against debtor under promissory note, recovering prejudgment interest and entire principal sum due. Estate of Rafael Vidrio v. Yaghoubi, et al., LASC Case No. BC637261, 2017
  • As defense counsel through mediation, successfully settled claim present by former contractor that she was entitled to $200,000 plus bonus at termination, settling for less than 50% of that sum, 2017
  • Attained settlement of $125,000 for two security officers working in the hay fields in Imperial Valley, California, after they were both discharge following one of them falling ill to heat stroke and them both complaining to OSHA about workplace safety violations, 2017
  • Recovered $150,000 in federal court action prosecuted on behalf of wrongfully terminated employee against former employer for sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, solicitation of employee by misrepresentation, nonpayment of overtime  and other Cal. Lab. Code. violations, 2017
  • Filed complaint removed to federal court, and attained $480,000 settlement against two international corporations and national non-profit that allegedly tortiously circumvented small business client in marketing deal, 2017
  • At mediation, after filing complaint in federal court seeking consent decree against company for safety violations, attained $450,000 settlement against cyrogenic gas company based on retaliatory discharge of whistleblower, 2018
  • Attained California sister-state judgment on North Carolina judgment, and then pursued judgment debtor for non-dischargeability in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Attained stipulated judgment for non-dischargeability in Bankruptcy Court, and engaged in judgment enforcement through the U.S. Marshall's Office. Woolard v. Storms, C.D. Cal. B.K. Case No. 18-01070-MB, 2018
  • After non-jury trial, attained favorable statement of decision for plaintiff expert witness firm in breach of contract action against lawyer and law firm in the sum of $23,104.79. Welch Consulting, Inc v. Baker, et al., LASC Case No. 17K07449, 2019
  • Acted as administrator for estate of deceased client in Estate of Rafael Vidrio, LASC Case No. BP172007, selling two parcels of real estate, and collecting on promissory note in decedent's favor so assets exceeding $400,000 could be distributed to family and spouse, 2019
  • After non-jury trial, attained judgement for $315,181.06 for pair of investors in Aura Systems, Inc.   Then, took aggressive judgment enforcement steps and attained stipulated payment plan for satisfaction of judgment plus interest within one year.​, 2019

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Educational Background:

  • B.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley,  2005

Industry Groups

  • Business (Cannabis) Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
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Office Location for Zein E. Obagi, Jr.

811 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1709
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-441-0175

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Last Updated: 2/18/2020

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