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Jahan Sagafi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Outten & Golden LLP
One California Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-638-8800
Fax: 415-638-8810
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed in California Since: 2003
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Appellate, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jahan Sagafi is a partner with Outten & Golden LLP law firm, and he leads the firm's practice in its San Francisco law office. Regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in the country for employment law, Mr. Sagafi provides unmatched counsel, advocacy and support to clients across his region and throughout the United States who have legal needs involving any of the following areas:

  • Employment class actions
  • Workplace discrimination and harassment
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act violations
  • Worker exploitation
  • Other employment law matters

Mr. Sagafi was instrumental in obtaining a jury verdict in favor of technical support workers, helping to mitigate gender, race and age discrimination in the software and technology industries. He has also worked with clients in a variety of other fields, and he has recovered more than $100 million in total compensation for his plaintiff clients.

A leader in his field, Mr. Sagafi serves on the boards of a number of nonprofits and legal organizations devoted to employment law and litigation, and he has received widespread recognition for his selfless contributions to nonprofits in his community. Of note, he is the recipient of the Community Justice Award, and he has earned consistent recognition as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Northern California as well as one of the Top 75 labor and employment lawyers in his region.

Mr. Sagafi has also received designation from Lawdragon 500 on its Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the United States list, and he has holds a "Superb" client rating on Avo. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, and he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review as well as president of the Board of Student Advisers.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 40%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Class Actions, Employment Discrimination

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

Articles about Jahan Sagafi appearing in Super Lawyers

About Jahan Sagafi

First Admitted: 2001

Professional Webpage: https://www.outtengolden.com/lawyer-attorney/jahan-c-sagafi

Honors/Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100, 2014-2021
  • Top 20 Under 40 Lawyer, Daily Journal, California (2011)
  • Northern California Rising Stars, 2009-2011
  • Leading Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, Northern California, 2015
  • Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, Northern California, 2015-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 - 2022
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon 500, 2018-2021
  • Legal 500 United States Recommended Labor and Employment Lawyer, Legal 500 United States, 2019-2020
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, Northern California, Daily Journal, Northern California, 2015-2020
  • Community Justice Award, Centro Legal De La Raza

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker: "Trends in Class Action Employment Litigation," Practicing Law Institute, Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2016: The California Difference, San Francisco, CA, 2016
  • Senior Editor, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Harvard Law School
  • Sagafi Considers Limited Scope Of Integrity Staffing, Questions Likelihood Of Collective Bargaining For Private Sector Workers, Outten & Golden LLP - Advocates for Workplace Fairness - Employment Law Firm located in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago
  • Survey of State, Class Action Law 2015-16: A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association, Jahan C. Sagafi, Coordinating Editor, and State Editor
  • Ten things every trial lawyer must know about appeals, Jahan Sagafi and Richard B. Rosenthal, Plaintiff, 2011 December
  • Class Actions: A Path Through The Darkness, New directions for class-action lawyers in the era of a conservative-dominated Supreme Court. Employment lawyers Jahan C. Sagafi and Jennifer L. Liu
  • Spotting FLSA & California overtime exemption violations, Jahan C. Sagafi, co-authored with Tanisha Shafer, Plaintiff Magazine, January 2016
  • Survey of the State, Class Action Law – 2014-15; A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, Jahan C. Sagafi, Coordinating Editor, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Speaker: "Analyzing Damages in Wage and Hour Cases," American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group, Baltimore, MD, 2014
  • Speaker: "Key Wage and Hour Developments," Practicing Law Institute, California Employment Law Update 2014, San Francisco, CA, 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, 2014
  • Speaker: "Brainstorming Best Practices in Pay Equity," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Austin, TX, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • Panelist: "Resolving Wage & Hour Mass Action: The Ever-Changing Landscape," JAMS, San Francisco, CA, 2016
  • Forced arbitration: Designed to suppress claims, Co-authored Jahan Sagafi and Michelle Erickson, San Francisco Daily Journal, November 6, 2019, Co-author, Forced arbitration: Designed to suppress claims, San Francisco Daily Journal
  • Speaker: "Trying Wage & Hour Cases To Juries," NELA 2019 Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, Speaker, Trying Wage & Hour Cases To Juries, NELA 2019 Annual Convention, 2019
  • Speaker: "An Uncertain Future: The 21st Century Workforce in California," Bloomberg Law San Francisco Leadership Exchange, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, An Uncertain Future: The 21st Century Workforce in California, Bloomberg Law San Francisco Leadership Exchange, 2017
  • 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, 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, 2017
  • Panelist: "Use and Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information," ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Washington, DC, Panelist, Use and Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information, ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2017
  • Class-action settlements in an ever-more-crowded field, Jahan Sagafi and Tara Mohseni, Plaintiff, February 2017, Co-author, Class-action settlements in an ever-more-crowded field, Plaintiff

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Constitution Society: Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Member of the Executive Board (2005-2011)
  • President of the Board of Student Advisers, Harvard Law School
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Attorney Fee Dispute Arbitrator (2009-2015)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Executive Committee (2009-2011)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Vice Chair of the Board (2010-2011)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Chair of the Legal Committee (2010-2011)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Board of Directors (2006-2011)
  • American Constitution Society: Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Member of the Advisory Board (2014-present)
  • American Constitution Society: Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Chair of the Executive Board (2009-2011)
  • BASF Attorney Fee Arbitrator, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • State Bar of California, Administration of Justice Committee (2004-2007)
  • State Bar of California, CACI Civil Jury Instructions Committee (2004-2007)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Ninth Circuit; and the Eleventh Circuit
  • Southern District of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Central District of California
  • Attorney Representative for the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council (2019, 2020-2022)
  • Civil Local Rules Attorney Advisory Committee for the Northern District of California (2020-2022)
  • Berkley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law (2019-present)
  • People's Parity Project: Board of Advisors (2019-present)
  • Legal Aid at Work: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Development Committee (2019-present)
  • Alliance for Justice: Board of Directors (2014-2019), 2019
  • American Association for Justice: Co-Chair of the Wage and Hour Litigation Group (2016-present)
  • Public Advocates Inc.: Board of Governors (2012-2015)
  • American Constitution Society Chair of the Executive Board of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Member of the Executive Board (2005-2011) Chair of the Executive Board (2009-2011) Member of the Advisory Board (2014-present)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of California: Litigation Section Executive Committee Member, 2006-2007
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Judicial Evaluations Committee (2013-2015)
  • Consumer Attorneys of CA

Educational Background

  • Harvard College, A.B., Honors: magna cum laude, 1994
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Office Location for Jahan Sagafi

One California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-638-8800

Fax: 415-638-8810

Last Updated: 5/18/2022

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