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, legal issues, class action 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 agreements, 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 pro bono efforts by local and regional bar organizations on seven 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, bringing 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, and by being elected to serve on the ABA TIPS governing council.

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.

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 & Inclusion committees. 

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.


Recent Representative Class Action Matters (Since 2015)

In his legal career, Amir has handled more than 50 class actions in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and other states. He has also helped defend parallel class actions in Canada. In most of these class actions, Amir has served as lead or co-lead counsel. Representative cases from the last three years include: 

Philips v. Ford Motor Company (Northern District of California): Defeated putative multistate consumer fraud class action alleging power steer defect concealment. 

DeMaria v. Nissan North America (Northern District of Illinois): Defeated putative multistate consumer fraud class action against Nissan claiming concealment of alleged defect. 

Fitzpatrick v. Tyson Foods (Eastern District of California): Defeated putative consumer fraud class action alleging mislabeling. 

Leon v. American Honda (In Re Continental Airbag Litigation) (Southern District of Florida): Defeated multistate consumer fraud class action alleging concealment of alleged defect.   

Lassen v. Nissan North America (Central District of California): Defeated multistate consumer fraud class action alleging concealment of alleged key fob defect.   

Kedem v. Nissan North America (San Mateo Superior Court): Defeated California consumer fraud class action relating to infotainment system allegations.    

LaFontaine v. Mitsubishi Motors North America (Central District of California): Defeated California consumer fraud class action relating to odometer allegations.     

Durkee v. Ford Motor Company (Northern District of California): Defeated California consumer fraud class action relating to alleged business practices.    

Sansoe v. Ford Motor Company (Northern District of California): Defeated California consumer fraud class action relating to alleged business practices.    

Jefferson v. Nissan North America (Connecticut District Court): Secured favorable resolution in class action alleging fraudulent warranty practices. 

Vinci v. Hyundai Motor America (Central District of California): Secured favorable resolution in class action claiming concealment of alleged defect. 

Recent Representative Mass Action Matters (Since 2015)

In 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 the last few years have included:

Serving as Co-Lead Counsel in an MDL in the Central District of California

Serving as Lead and Liaison Counsel in a JCCP in Orange County, California

Serving as Lead and Liaison Counsel in a JCCP in Los Angeles, California

Serving as Lead and Liaison Counsel in a JCCP in Sacramento County, California

Serving as Counsel in a JCCP in San Francisco, California

Serving as Counsel in a JCCP in Alameda County, California

Legal Issues and Trial Counsel (Since 2015)

In addition to aggregated matters and appeals, Amir has served both as trial counsel and as trial legal issues counsel in cases in federal and state court cases throughout California.

Appellate Matters (Since 2015)

Amir also serves clients in providing overarching legal and risk management strategies on high-risk cases. In addition, Amir has handled numerous appeals. Appeals in the last few years include:

Verduzco v. Ford Motor Company: Secured successful appellate result.

Ford Motor Warranty Cases: Secured successful appellate result.

Bindel v. Hoffmann-La Roche: Secured successful appellate result.

Durbin v. Ford Motor Company: Secured successful appellate result.

Poulose v. Ford Motor Company: Secured successful appellate result.

Gimenez v. Ford Motor Company: Secured successful appellate result.

Romero v. Ford Motor Company: Secured successful appellate result.

Publications and Presentations

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).