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 actions throughout the country.

In defending his clients, Amir serves in a variety of roles, including trial counsel, legal issues, class and appellate counsel. He has also served as lead counsel in mass actions, including in JCCP and MDL proceedings. In these efforts, Amir has had success in favorably disposing of high-stakes litigation, including mass actions and class actions. Amir also serves as a trusted advisor to many of his clients, and counsels on regional and national litigation strategies and risk mitigation opportunities.

Amir is focused on facilitating cost effective value added legal services. To that end, he manages litigation dockets under a number of different alternative fee arrangements, and has helped craft regional and national fee agreements and budgets aligned with specific client and litigation needs.

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 honored for his efforts by local and regional bar organizations on six separate occasions.

Amir has held a number of bar and civic leadership positions. For example, he has served as Chair of the 1,500-member ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section’s Products Liability committee, where he recalibrated its strategic plan and undertook initiatives which measurably increased participation and membership and doubled its net revenue. In recent years, at the Section’s request, Amir founded the ABA TIPS Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biosciences committee, where he developed and oversaw the committee’s leadership and growth efforts with a clearly defined succession plan.

In his ABA activities, Amir has been a consensus builder, and brought together several different ABA sections and organizations, such as the Litigation and Science & Technology Sections and the Commission for Women in the Profession, as well as minority bar organizations, to work together on programming and activities. Through these approaches, Amir has developed and chaired numerous local, regional and national conferences, and implemented plans to promote member services and growth.

Amir has been recognized for his ABA leadership and contributions with several awards, by being appointed to leadership roles in Revenue and Finance Standing Committees, and by being elected to serve on the ABA TIPS governing council. His most recent contribution has been to co-lead the Long Range Planning task force  to help strategize and guide the Section in the years ahead.

Regionally, Amir is part of the California Minority Counsel Program and involved in local bar groups. Amir previously served as a San Francisco Bar delegate to the California State Bar conference of delegates, and later served on its executive section. 

Among his civic activities, Amir was a past board member of the San Francisco Eviction Defense organization, helping address issues related to San Francisco’s homelessness epidemic.

At Shook, Amir has served on firm committees, including the pro bono and Diversity and Inclusion committees, where he chaired a subcommittee on client relations. He has also served on a number of different leadership, diversity and emerging issues task forces, and co-chaired Shook’s Automotive Practice Industry group.

Amir has also focused on initiatives to develop and foster opportunities for the next generation. This has included partnership programs he has developed with Fortune 500 companies, training, coaching and sponsorship efforts, organizing networking events, providing speaking opportunities at conferences, developing bar leadership positions, and helping secure practical experience opportunities through to and including trial opportunities.


Publications and Presentations

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).