Our Philosophy

Our firm’s philosophy as TRIAL LAWYERS and CLASS ACTION LITIGATORS is to provide comprehensive and aggressive legal services in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The firm’s goal is to truly understand our clients’ personal and economic needs in order to obtain the best possible settlement and, if necessary, optimize our recovery at trial. Our trial and litigation practice has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in class and mass actions, personal injury, employment, consumer and many other matters.

The firm’s success in the courtroom also has brought it well-deserved praise. Our victories in several lengthy trials and our success at the appellate court level have confirmed our dedication to our clients and our perseverance in protecting their interests.

Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos’ business litigation practice embraces the same philosophy and approach. The firm’s experience in business litigation matters has given it a reputation of being meticulous as well as practical. The firm is committed to working in efficient teams to provide the right advice and expertise in a timely manner. The firm strives to recognize both the economic or personal significance of a matter to a business client and the need to deliver a result within a legal budget which is not disproportionate to the importance of the matter. Our business clients have included closely-held corporations, public companies, small businesses, professionals, individuals and professional athletes.

The firm’s diverse client base has allowed the firm to utilize and translate well-earned experience into competent and practical application in meeting our clients’ needs.

Our Experience & History

The partners of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP (ASWT) have been practicing law on a national level since the 1980’s. The firm handles litigation matters in state and federal courts in multiple states throughout the country from its offices in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Montreal, Canada.

ASWT’s attorneys possess over 200 years of combined legal experience. The firm’s attorneys are admitted to practice law before state and federal courts in California, Illinois, New York, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Quebec and Ontario, Canada.

ASWT is also extremely committed to the community. The firm’s attorneys contribute a significant amount of time to various community and non-profit organizations.


Partner Elise Sanguinetti currently serves as the 2018/2019 President

Partner Mike Arias served on the AAJ Board of Governors; is Chair of the AAJ PAC Task Force; Chair of the Convention Planning Committee; President-Elect of the Council of Presidents; Member of the National Finance Council; Member of the Leaders Forum Task Force; Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group


Partner Elise Sanguinetti served as the 2008 President


Partner Elise Sanguinetti served as the 2016 President

Partner Mike Arias is a past-president; serves as CAOC PAC Chair; Founding Chair of the Congress of Trial Lawyer Associations

Senior Associate Jamie Goldstein serves on the CAOC Board of Governors


Partner Mike Arias is a past-president; is Founding Chair/Faculty of the CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy

Community Service

Mike Arias was recently inducted into the YMCA’s Golden Book, an honor given to only a handful of honorees from the 25 branches of the Los Angeles YMCAs. The Golden Book award is bestowed upon individuals in the community who have made a significant impact on the YMCA. This award, which dates back to 1934, recognizes individuals who have dedicated years of service to the YMCA.

Mike received this award for his dedicated service to the Westchester YMCA. He first got involved in the YMCA in 1992 and began raising money for the annual support campaign in 1995. He chaired the golf tournament committee for 14 years and has served on the Board of Managers for 16 years and served as Board Chair for four years. He was also influential in acquiring the Woman’s Club property which has become the YMCA Annex, a building that will be essential to the YMCA’s growth and expansion going forward. Mike has specifically recognized the importance of the Youth and Government program at the YMCA and has been influential in its continued success. His dedication to the Youth and Government program as well as the YMCA in general represents his passion not only for the law, but for the community as well.