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Michael Afar

Associate

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-9301
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Mr. Afar is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and focuses his practice on wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, breach of contract, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, and unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200. 

Mr. Afar has experience briefing successful summary judgment moving papers, motions to deny class certification, motions to compel, demurrers, and removals.  Mr. Afar has successfully argued several motions in court, including pre-trial motions in class action cases.  He has also defended depositions, including depositions of high-level managers and decision-makers.

Mr. Afar has been one of the key members of the trial teams in three jury trials, including two that resulted in full defense verdicts.  Mr. Afar 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. Mr. Afar single-handedly settled three individual plaintiff cases in the four-figure range. Mr. Afar was also a class action clerk at Seyfarth Shaw LLP for both 1L and 2L summers, as well as part-time during his 3L year.

Mr. Afar is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and focuses his practice on wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, breach of contract, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, and unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200. 

Mr. Afar has experience briefing successful summary judgment moving papers, motions to deny class certification, motions to compel, demurrers, and removals.  Mr. Afar has successfully argued several motions in court, including pre-trial motions in class action cases.  He has also defended depositions, including depositions of high-level managers and decision-makers.

Mr. Afar has been one of the key members of the trial teams in three jury trials, including two that resulted in full defense verdicts.  Mr. Afar 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. Mr. Afar single-handedly settled three individual plaintiff cases in the four-figure range. Mr. Afar was also a class action clerk at Seyfarth Shaw LLP for both 1L and 2L summers, as well as part-time during his 3L year.

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School at Los Angeles (2014)
    Managing Editor, Entertainment Law Review

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2009)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)

Representative Engagements

  • Morales v. Southern California Pizza Company, LLC, 2017 WL 384289 (Orange County Superior Court 2017) (sustaining special demurrer to stay putative class action under the rule of exclusive concurrent jurisdiction, without leave to amend)
  • Hamid v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., 2017 WL 2561091 (C.D. Cal. 2017) (denying plaintiff’s motion for remand on the grounds that the local controversy exception or the home state controversy exception under CAFA did not apply, and the amount in controversy was met)
  • Chavez v. Converse, Inc., 2016 WL 4398374 (N.D. Cal. 2016) (granting summary judgment for the employer in a potential class action, alleging failure to properly pay overtime wages based on the calculation of the “regular rate of pay” to include employee bonuses)
  • Southern California Pizza Wage and Hour Cases, 2016 WL 3513505 (Orange County Superior Court 2016) (denying class certification in a case filed on behalf of 25,000 employees of one of the largest franchisees of Pizza Hut restaurants, alleging failure to reimburse expenses for making pizza deliveries; the court denied class certification on the grounds that individualized issues predominated regarding any alleged underpayment of actual expenses incurred by each employee)
  • Patel v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., 2016 WL 1241777 (N.D. Cal. 2016) (denying class certification based on alleged misclassification of over 100 assistant store managers as exempt employees)
  • Bicek v. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., 2014 WL 1415974 (E.D. Cal. 2014) (granting the employer’s preemptive motion to deny class certification as to all class-wide claims for “misclassification” of exempt employees, unpaid overtime, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to provide meal periods, failure to authorize and permit rest periods, failure to provide itemized and accurate wage statements, failure to pay accrued wages at the time of termination, and PAGA penalties)

Community Involvement

  • Alliance for Children's Rights, National Adoption Day (2015)
    Handled the pro bono adoption process for two children