Amir dedicates his national practice to defending product manufacturers at the trial and appellate court levels. He has defended food, beverage, consumer product, drug, device and automobile manufacturers in individual, mass tort and class action litigation throughout the country.

In his legal career, Amir has developed significant expertise in all aspects of litigation in both federal and state court. He has had considerable success in favorably disposing of high-stakes litigation, including state, multi-state and nationwide class actions. In many instances, these successes have involved creative new legal strategies and arguments that have since been adopted by other litigants and courts.

In defending his clients, Amir serves in a number of roles, including trial, legal issues, class and appellate counsel. He also advises clients on regional and national litigation strategies and risk mitigation opportunities and is often called upon to provide input and assistance to other law firms on complex litigation strategies and approaches.

Amir also dedicates substantial time to pro bono work in areas that have included domestic violence, eviction defense, homeless advocacy, civil rights, and immigration appeals. His pro bono contributions have been honored by local and regional bar organizations.

Publications and Presentations

Panelist: Protecting Your Company's Brand: How to Minimize the Risk of a Consumer Class Action Lawsuit and Maximize the Chances of Winning if One is Filed. Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco, California, December 4, 2017 (with Tammy Webb, Andrew Chang, Joan Camagong and Matthew Wolfe).

Moderator: A View From the Bench: Best Practices in Mass Torts and Class Actions. ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit (September 2017). 

Panelist: Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2017). 

Panelist: Key Developments in Products Related Class Actions. Perrin National Class Action Conference (May 2016).

Moderator: Key Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2016).

Moderator: Key Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA National Class Action Symposium (March 2016).

Panelist: Key Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (March 2015).

Speaker: The Current Battleground for Class Action Litigation: Class Certification and Managing Experts, Attacks on Pleadings in Class Claims. ACI Automotive Products Liability Conference (June 2014).

Panelist: Hot Topics in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2014).

Moderator: Key Developments Affecting the Future of Class Action Litigation. ABA Annual Meeting (August 2013).

Speaker: Food Labeling Class Action Update. ABA Annual Meeting (August 2013).

Speaker: The Blockbuster Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2013).

Speaker: Using Class Action Waiver Arbitration Clauses. ACI Automotive Products Liability Master Class Workshop (June 2013).

Speaker: Class Action/Product Recall Interplay. SHB Update of the Law (June 2013).

Speaker: Consumer Fraud Class Actions. ACI Automotive Products Liability Conference (June 2013).

Moderator: Managing the Corporate Counsel Relationship: The Inside View on Diversity, Retention and Client Expectations. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2013).

Panelist: The Blockbuster Developments in Class Action Litigation. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2012).

Speaker: The Rise and Fall of the Consumer Expectations Test. ABA TIPS Primer on Products Liability Workshop (April 2012).

Moderator of Judges’ Roundtable. ACI Products Liability Conference (June 2011).

Speaker: Recent Developments in Products Liability Consumer Class Actions and Mass Torts. ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation Conference (April 2011).

Speaker: Runaway Awards, Reducing Compensatory Damages and Minimizing the Risk of Punitive Damages in Auto Products Cases. ACI Automotive Products Liability Conference (September 2010).

Speaker: Defending Against Plaintiff Claims Relating to Design. ACI Products Liability Conference (November 2009).

Speaker: Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: The New eDiscovery Amendments to the California Code of Civil Procedure. Webinar (November 2009).

Speaker: It’s a Small World After All: Litigating with Foreign Companies in the U.S. ABA Annual Meeting (July 2009).

Speaker: The Legal Hold: Strategies to Improve Efficiencies. ARMA Conference (April 2009).

Speaker: Lessons Learned from eDiscovery in the U.S. Insight Information’s 3rd Canada Forum on Electronic Records and Information Management (November 2008).

Speaker: Current Viability of Preemption Defense. ACI Auto Products Liability Conference (October 2008).

Representative Matters

Summary Judgment Win for Ford in Truck Buyback Class Action. Amir was part of the trial team that obtained summary judgment on a proposed nationwide class action against Ford, claiming the automaker violated the Song-Beverly Act by deducting abnormal wear-and-tear costs from the amounts it paid to buy back allegedly defective vehicles. Both plaintiffs had accepted the buyback offers and returned their trucks to Ford, agreeing they would be responsible for abnormal wear and signing releases for all vehicle-related claims. The court held that the repair costs were part of the settlement contracts, such agreements can’t be partially enforced and the challenged provisions weren't severable. Sansoe v. Ford Motor Co., No. 13-5043 (N.D. Cal., Sept. 13, 2017).