Shareef Farag

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

Shareef Farag represents employers in all types of litigation and provides advice and counsel to employers on a wide range of issues they regularly face. He has first- and second-chair experience in trial and arbitration. Shareef regularly assists clients in avoiding and mitigating risk in an efficient, cost-effective manner so they can focus on business goals and avoid expensive litigation. Gaining a deep understanding of a client's business from the outset allows him to provide a high level of service that is focused on meeting client goals with an eye toward his client's bottom line.

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  • 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

  • Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013 to 2017)

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