Mike Arias

Bar Admissions:
California, New York, New Jersey & District of Columbia
Office:
Los Angeles
Phone:
(310) 844-9696
Email:
mike@aswtlawyers.com
Twitter Link:
https://twitter.com/MikeArias1

Mike Arias is the founding and managing partner of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP. He is a Past-President of both the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), two of the largest trial lawyer associations in the nation. He is also the first attorney to hold both presidencies back-to-back, with a two-month overlap.

Numerous publications and peer organizations have recognized Mr. Arias as one of the top trial attorneys in the nation. The Daily Journal has honored him as one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorneys in California every year since 2018 as well as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2019. The National Law Journal honored him in 2020 as a Plaintiff Trailblazer and LawDragon has recognized him as one of the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumers Lawyers in 2019 and 2020.

During his nearly 35+ year career, he has litigated and tried matters throughout the United States, in both state and federal court. He has served as lead, co-lead or liaison counsel in well over 100 class and mass tort/plaintiff actions, including class actions against some of the largest corporations and institutions in the nation.

He was co-liaison counsel for the plaintiffs in the University of Southern California/Dr. George Tyndall litigation on behalf of over 700 women who were sexually abused and assaulted by the disgraced USC OB/GYN. He led the charge in obtaining a historic $852 million settlement, the largest known settlement in a sexual abuse case in U.S. history, as well as the largest known personal injury settlement against a university. 

His trial experience is as diverse as the firm’s practice. His last several trials have included serious personal injury, wrongful death, employment, consumer class actions and mass wage and hour claims. He has recently resolved several class actions and mass plaintiff matters involving antitrust, toxic torts, consumer, wage and hour, environmental issues and product liability. During his career, he has resolved hundreds of matters, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients.

In 2020, Mr. Arias was again elected to the executive committee of The American Association of Justice (AAJ). He also serves as co-chair of the AAJ PAC Development Committee and is and is a member of the AAJ National Finance Council.  Mr. Arias has been integral in helping bring greater representation and equity throughout the political arena through his fundraising efforts on behalf of consumer-friendly political candidates for state and federal offices nationwide.

Mr. Arias is admitted to practice law in California, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He also is admitted before numerous federal courts throughout the country. He holds an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating is the highest rating given and is awarded only upon reaching “heights” of professional excellence, both in terms of legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been selected annually as a Southern California Super Lawyer, an honor reserved for the top 5% of attorneys practicing in Southern California.

Leadership Positions

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ): Member – AAJ Executive Committee; Co-Chair AAJ PAC Development Committee; AAJ Board of Governors; Past-Chair – AAJ Council of Presidents; Member – AAJ Organization Review Committee; Chair – AAJ PAC Task Force; Member (Past Chair) – AAJ Convention Planning Committee; Member – AAJ National Finance Council; Member (Past-Chair) – AAJ Leaders Forum Advisory Committee; Past Co-Chair – Class Action Litigation Group
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC): President (2019); Past Chair – CAOC PAC; Past Chair of the Legislative, Education and Membership Committees
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA): President (2018); Founding Chair/Faculty – Plaintiff Trial Academy; Past Vice-Chair Education Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA): Past Member – Litigation Section Executive Committee

Association Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
  • Public Justice
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Los County Bar Association
  • Western Trial Lawyers

Awards & Honors

  • California Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers – Daily Journal (2018-2021)
  • Top 100 Attorneys in California – Daily Journal (2019)
  • 500 National Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers – LawDragon (2019-2020)
  • Plaintiff Trailblazer – National Law Journal (2020)
  • California Trailblazer – The Recorder (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2019, 2020)
  • Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • President’s Distinguished Service Award 2015 &2020 – AAJ
  • Above and Beyond Award 2016 & 2017 – AAJ
  • Wiedemann & Wysocki Award 2019 – AAJ
  • Citizen of the Year by the Los Angeles Police Department – Pacific Division Boosters
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by the Loyola Marymount University – School of Business
  • Volunteer of the Year – Westchester Family YMCA of Los Angeles
  • Community Service Award – LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce
  • YMCA Kids Need Heroes – Community Pillar Award
  • Inducted into the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ Golden Book (the Y’s highest honor, in recognition of his many years of service)

Presentations

  • Judicial Roundtable: Court Updates And Response To COVID 19 (When Can We Go Back To Trials?) (CAOC Annual Convention, November 21, 2020)
  • Jury Selection & Jury Trials- New Considerations (AAJ Virtual Convention, June 19, 2020)
  • E-Scooter Cases (WTLA Ski Seminar Jackson Hole, Wyoming, March 4-8, 2020)
  • CAOC Donald L. Galine Hawaii Travel Seminar| Work Life Balance Making it a Priority (December 2, 2019)
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Uber/Scooters/Rideshare Litigation | Rideshare- What’s Your Claim?   ( November 16, 2019)
  • CAOC Donald L. Galine Sonoma Travel Seminar MODERATOR| Access to Justice (March 9, 2019)
  • CAOC Donald L. Galine Hawaii Travel Seminar | Deposing Experts (November 26, 2018)
  • CAOC Annual Convention MODERATOR The Justice System is Sometimes Unjust How Lawyers Can Make it Right (November 17, 2018)
  • CAOC Palm Springs Seminar-Track 2 – CAUTION: Slips, Trips, and Falls – Nothing Simple About Them! | Falls: They’re Not All The Same (May, 4 2018)
  • CAOC Donald L. Galine Sonoma Travel Seminar, Track 2 Quick Hits | Mass Torts Updates (March 16, 2018)
  • CAOC The Donald L. Galine Hawaii Travel Seminar | Defense Experts Don’t Just Accept Their BS (November 27, 2017)
  • CAOC Annual Convention; San Francisco, The Meaningful Mediation: Tips from the Masters | Essential Steps to Take Before After and During the Mediation (Nov. 18, 2017)
  • Experts: Deposing and Cross-Examining the Defense Expert (CALAA Annual Convention; San Diego, September 1, 2017)AAJ Annual Convention; Boston| Confronting the Challenge of Post-Certification Summary Judgment Motions (July 23, 2017)
  • CAOC Donald L. Galine Lake Tahoe Seminar, Track 1 Direct Examination |Effective Direct Examination of Experts (June 23, 2017)
  • CAOC Palm Springs Seminar Moderator, Track 2 Mass Torts & Class Actions (March 4, 2017) 
  • CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar |Trying The Class Action ( November 28,  2016 )
  • Class Action Roundtable (Palm Springs Seminar, 2016)
  • Killer Cross Examination of Experts (CAALA Las Vegas Convention, September 2, 2016)
  • Understanding Your Case and Understanding Your Jury – Importance of Focus Groups & Jury Consultants in Preparing Your Case for Trial (Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, Kentucky, June 26, 2015)
  • Trying the Class Action: Practical Tips from the Pros (American Association of Justice – Class Action Seminar, June 4, 2015)
  • TBI Med legal Conference (San Diego, March 5-7, 2019)
  • Taking an Effective Deposition – Deposing Expert Witnesses (CAOC/Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, May 2, 2015)
  • Evaluating Potential Class Actions – What’s Hot and What’s Not (CAOC/San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 9thAnnual Class Action Seminar, February 10, 2105)
  • Palm Springs Seminar- The Art of the Deal (2015)
  • Tahoe Seminar- Emerging Practice Areas (2015)
  • Class Actions: Identifying the Differing Types (CAOC Galine Hawaii Seminar, December 1, 2014)
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Class Actions: 21stCentury Lawsuits Including Internet Privacy, Intellectual Property/Patents – Using Class Actions to Protect Intangible and Intellectual Property (November 15, 2014)
  • CAALA Annual Judges Evaluation Seminar (October 23, 2014)
  • CAALA Annual Convention, Employment Class Action Cases (August 30, 2014)
  • CAALA Annual Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney, Ethics and the Trial Lawyer (March 22, 2014)
  • CAOC/San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 8thAnnual Class Action Seminar, Getting Your Settlements Approved – The Changing Landscape (February 25, 2014)
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Winning Certification Motions in the Post Brinker Era – The Latest Cases (November 16, 2013)
  • Chair/Moderator, CAALA Annual Convention (August 31 – September 1, 2013)
  • CAOC Galine Hawaii Seminar, Class Actions: An A to Z Crash Course (November 27, 2012)
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Class Actions – New Developments Regarding Cy Pres Funds (November 10, 2012)
  • CAALA Annual Judges Evaluation Seminar (October 24, 2012)
  • Chair/Moderator, CAALA Annual Convention (September 6 – 9, 2012)
  • Class Action Litigation Group, Jury Selection in Class Action Trials (American Association for Justice, February, 2012)
  • Chair/Moderator, CAALA Annual Convention (September 8 – 11, 2011)
  • CAALA Annual Convention, Class Actions (September 3, 2010)
  • CAALA Annual Convention, Certifying a Class (September 4, 2009)
  • Chair/Moderator, CAOC/CAALA Class Action Seminar (June 9, 2009)
  • Chair, CAALA Annual Judges Evaluation Seminar (November 20, 2008)
  • Chair, CAALA Annual Judges Evaluation Seminar (November 16, 2006)
  • CAALA Annual Convention, An Overview of Business Torts (September 9, 2006)
  • CAALA Annual Convention, Taking the Defendant’s or PMK’s Deposition (September 10, 2005)

Articles

  • “Only half-way there” (Forum Magazine, July/August 2019, Vol. 49 No. 4)
  • “Getting all on board” (Forum Magazine, May/June 2019, Vol. 49 No. 3)
  • “Forced arbitration: How AB 51 could right many wrongs” (Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 19, 2019)
  • “CAOC has worked and continues to work tirelessly for YOU” (Forum Magazine, March/April 2019, Vol. 49 No. 2)
  • “AB 2230: New year brings more efficient civil procedures” (Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 9, 2019)
  • “Let’s not get too confident in 2019 – we still have a lot of work to do” (Forum Magazine, January/February 2019, Vol. 49 No. 1)
  • “Wage-and-hour class actions: The law and the cases that have shaped it” (Advocate Magazine, February, 2015)
  • The CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy (Advocate Magazine, January, 2015)
  • A Class Action Primer (Advocate Magazine, March, 2010)
  • Class Actions: Getting Your Class Certified (Advocate Magazine, February, 2010)

Pro Bono/Volunteer

  • Settlement Officer – Joint CAALA/ASCD/ABOTA Settlement Program
  • Arbitrator – Beverly Hills/Los Angeles County Bar Association Fee Dispute Program
  • Settlement Officer – Los Angeles County Superior Court Personal Injury and Employment “Crash Settlement” Programs.

Community Service

  • Past President – Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey
  • Past Vice-President Governmental Affairs – LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair – Westchester Family YMCA Board of Managers (two terms)
  • Board of Directors – Westchester Playa Del Rey Youth Foundation
  • Board of Directors – LAPD Pacific Area Boosters Association
  • Past Board of Directors – Westchester Rotary Club
  • Chaired several charity golf tournaments
  • Coach/Manager – Little League/Babe Ruth baseball, Jr. Lakers basketball, Pop Warner football and AYSO soccer teams

Other

Mr. Arias has been certified as an agent with the National Basketball Players’ Association, Major League Baseball Players’ Association and National Football League Players’ Association and has negotiated millions of dollars in contracts for dozens of professional athletes.

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