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  • Northwestern University School of Law
    • J.D., cum laude, 1999
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A., cum laude, 1996


  • Hon. Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2003-2004)
  • Hon. Whitman Knapp, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2001-2003)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Felix  Shafir
Felix Shafir

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Felix Shafir

Felix Shafir is a partner at the firm. He has argued appeals in the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal, and has been lead and amicus counsel in numerous proceedings in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Shafir focuses his practice on two areas at the cutting edge of California law: (1) the law of protected speech, including the First Amendment, defamation, California’s anti-SLAPP statute, and the litigation privilege; and (2) the defense of class and representative actions, often through resisting class certification efforts or the enforcement of arbitration agreements. He has also developed unique expertise in handling appeals involving employment disputes and employer liability, commercial litigation, intellectual property, environmental litigation, unfair competition lawsuits, and federal and state securities issues.

Mr. Shafir often works with clients and trial counsel before an appeal begins, advising them to preserve issues and present evidence in the best posture for appeal. He also prepares amicus briefs seeking to move or clarify the law in ways favorable to his clients and their...

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  • FAA trumps state law, again (March 16, 2016) Daily J.
  • The most notable decisions concerning arbitration in 2015 (Dec. 18, 2015) Daily J.
  • 9th Circuit Could Soon Rule on PAGA Waiver Legality (March 24, 2015) Daily J., p. 7
  • The Fine Line Between Protected Demand Letters and Extortion (2015) California Litigation, Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 11
  • 9th Circuit Says Meal and Rest Break Laws Not Preempted (July 16, 2014) Daily J., p. 5
  • Focus on Arbitration: The Continuing Tug of War Between the U.S. and California Supreme Courts Over Arbitration Law (Fall 2013) ABTL Report
  • Ninth Circuit Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California Rule That Claims For Public Injunctive Relief Cannot Be Arbitrated (Spring 2014) Legal Insights
  • Is Employment Arbitration At A Crossroads In 2014 (Jan. 10, 2014) Law360
  • The Impact Of Individual Damages Issues On Class Certification After Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (Dec. 13, 2013) Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 28, No. 20
  • The Changing State of Employment Arbitration (Nov. 4, 2013) The Recorder
  • Appellate Courts Sharply Disagree Over Continuing Impact of Concepcion (Dec. 12, 2012) Daily J., p. 7
  • When are Claims Adjusters Exempt from Overtime Requirements? (Aug. 20, 2012) Daily J., p. 3
  • 'Concepcion' May Kill State Arbitration Restrictions (Jan. 12, 2012) The Recorder [online exclusive]
  • Class Action Certification Of Punitive Damages Claims After Wal-Mart v. Dukes (Nov. 18, 2011) Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, Vol. 20, No. 26
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, June 2007) 2006 California Litigation Review
  • Flawed Assumptions: A Critique of Garcia v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (1998) 93 Nw. U. L. Rev. 301