Shareef Farag

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

Shareef Farag represents and advises employers in all types of litigation and employment related matters. With experience as first- and second-chair in trials and arbitrations, he assists clients in avoiding and mitigating risk in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Shareef places a high importance on the client’s business goals and proactively educates employers on new laws and regulations, ensuring they are prepared when new legislation comes into effect. Additionally, he assists clients in business-related issues, including commercial litigation matters. By gaining a deep understanding of a client’s business from the outset, Shareef provides a high level of service that is focused on meeting client goals with an eye toward his client’s bottom line.

Select Experience

  • Defended dozens of California wage and hour and PAGA claims, both individual and class/collective, including claims related to meal and rest breaks; pay practices; overtime; wage statements; reimbursement of business expenses; and unfair competition.
  • Oversaw preparation of summary judgment motion based on a novel argument regarding California’s minimum wage laws. While the motion was pending, played a critical role in negotiating a favorable settlement.
  • Represents clients and provides day-to-day management of numerous wage and hour class actions. Successfully mediates and settles matters with advantageous terms for the clients.
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Experience

  • Defended dozens of California wage and hour and PAGA claims, both individual and class/collective, including claims related to meal and rest breaks; pay practices; overtime; wage statements; reimbursement of business expenses; and unfair competition.
  • Oversaw preparation of summary judgment motion based on a novel argument regarding California’s minimum wage laws. While the motion was pending, played a critical role in negotiating a favorable settlement.
  • Represents clients and provides day-to-day management of numerous wage and hour class actions. Successfully mediates and settles matters with advantageous terms for the clients.
  • Oversaw preparation of motion for summary judgment, which was granted and resulted in the dismissal of all plaintiff’s claims pursuant to the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • First-chaired numerous labor arbitrations, including the examination of all witnesses and all post-hearing briefings.
  • First- and second-chair trial experience.
  • Represented a national financial institution in a single-plaintiff disability discrimination arbitration that resulted in a defense award.
  • Successfully negotiated numerous pre-litigation settlements, thereby avoiding litigation and securing favorable resolutions for the clients.
  • Regularly assists clients in modifying company policies to remain compliant with evolving California law.
  • Conducts harassment and management education training, as well as workplace investigations for clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2019)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment Disputes (including collective actions): Defense
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2020)
    • California: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013 to 2019)
    • Up & Coming (2018)

Memberships

  • California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
  • National Employment Law Council

Pro Bono

  • Previously advised the Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters Los Angeles Chapter.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 2007
  • B.A., Politics and Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003