Amir dedicates his national practice to defending food, beverage, consumer product, drug, medical device and automobile manufacturers in individual, mass tort and class actions throughout the country.

With wide-ranging experience, Amir serves as trial, class action and appellate counsel. He also regularly serves as lead counsel in mass and aggregated litigation, including JCCP and MDL proceedings, where his strategic leadership has helped secure numerous favorable outcomes. 

Amir also dedicates time to pro bono in areas that have included addressing domestic violence, eviction defense, homeless advocacy, civil rights and immigration appeals. His pro bono contributions have included TROs, trials and appeals, and he has been recognized for his pro bono efforts by state and federal bar associations on nine separate occasions.

Amir has held a number of bar and civic leadership positions. For example, he has served as chair of the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section’s Products Liability committee, and was the founding chair of the ABA TIPS Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biosciences committee. Regionally, Amir is part of the California Minority Counsel Program and involved in local bar groups. 

Class Action Matters 

In his legal career, Amir has handled more than 100 class actions throughout the country, in states that include California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and other states. He has also helped defend parallel class actions in Australia, Canada and Israel. In securing numerous favorable results, Amir has helped positively develop the law. 

Mass Action Matters 

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n addition to class litigation matters, Amir also counsels and represents clients in other forms of mass and aggregated actions. Some of Amir’s leadership roles in recent years have included serving in lead roles in both federal MDLs and California JCCPs. His JCCP work has included lead roles in JCCPs throughout California, including in Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and San Francisco. 

Legal Issues, Trial and Appellate Counsel 

Amir has also served both as trial counsel and as trial legal issues counsel in cases in federal and state court cases throughout California. At the same time, he has handled numerous appeals in California state court and the Ninth Circuit. Appeals in the last few years have included complex issues related to product defect, innovator liability, expert admissibility, and JCCP procedural issues.

Publications and Presentations

Moderator: A View from the Bench: Judicial Insights on Managing Complex Pharmaceutical Litigation, ABA Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference Virtual Regional Program, San Francisco, CA, February 26, 2021.

Contributing Author: California Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Chapter of California CEB Practice Guide

Moderator: A View From the Bench Judicial Perspectives on Managing MDLs, JCCPs, and Other Aggregated Litigation, ABA Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference, New York, NY, October 25, 2019.

Speaker: Strategies in Managing Large Scale and Aggregated Litigation, Manufacturers’ Litigation Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, July 12, 2019.

Moderator: Recent Trends in Food and Beverage Labeling Litigation, ABA TIPS 28th Annual Spring CLE Meeting - Hot Topics in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Coronado, California, April 6, 2019.

Moderator: A View From the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Managing Complex Litigation, Diversity in the Courtroom and Developing the Next Generation of Lead Lawyers, ABA Emerging Issues in Product Liability Litigation Conference, San Diego, California, April 5, 2019.

Moderator: A View From the Bench: Best Practices in Managing Complex Litigation, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical and Biotech Litigation - ABA Section of Litigation Regional CLE Event, North Wales, Pennsylvania, November 8, 2018.

Program Chair: ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco, California (September 26, 2018).

Moderator: A View From the Bench: Best Practices in Managing Complex Litigation, ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco (September 26, 2018).

Panelist: Class Action Blockbuster: Key Developments in Consumer Class Litigation, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Los Angeles (May 4, 2018).

Program Co-Chair: ABA Motor Vehicle Litigation National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2018).

Panelist: Blockbuster Developments in Products Related Class Actions. ABA Motor Vehicle Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2018).

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 (December 4, 2017).

Planning Committee: ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco, California (September 2017).

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

Program Planner: ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2017).

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

Co-Chair: ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco, California (September 2016).

Program Chair: ABA TIPS Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2016).

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

Planning Committee: ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016).

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

Program Co-Founder and Planning Committee: ABA National Class Action Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2016).

Moderator: Recent 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).

Planning Committee: ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco, California (March 2015).

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

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

Program Founder and Co-Chair: ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, San Francisco, California (February 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 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 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).

Co-Chair: ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Litigation National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2012).

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 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. ACI Products Liability Conference (September 2010).

Speaker: Defending Against Plaintiff Claims Relating to Design Defect. 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 Products Liability Conference (October 2008).