Felix Shafir’s work often focuses 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 also has 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.
Felix 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. Additionally, trial counsel and in-house legal departments often leverage Felix Shafer’s input before an appeal begins. He provides critical advice on preserving issues and presenting evidence in the best posture for appeal. He prepares amicus briefs seeking to move or clarify the law in ways favorable to his clients and their members.