Jahan C. Sagafi Esq.

Jahan C. Sagafi Esq.

San Francisco, California

JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s San Francisco office, where he represents workers in employment class actions challenging discrimination, wage and hour abuses, Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, and other types of exploitation.  He has won a jury trial for a nationwide class of approximately 1,000 technical support workers, an en banc appeal in the Ninth Circuit, and many settlements to recover backpay for overtime compensation, meal and rest breaks, vacation benefits, discriminatory pay and promotion gaps, and more.  

Mr. Sagafi has represented a wide array of workers throughout the country, including HVAC service technicians, corporate instructors, financial advisers and trainees, security officers temp staffing workers, cashiers, call center customer service representatives, counselors, drivers, and many others. 

During his career, he has recovered well over $100 million for workers, asserting claims against transportation companies (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Hertz, GlobalTranz), tech companies (e.g., AT&T, IBM, Computer Sciences Corp.), banks (e.g., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney), retailers (e.g., Walmart, Target, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess?, Raley’s) healthcare companies (e.g., Permanente, Premera Blue Cross), an accounting firm (PwC), insurance companies (e.g., Travelers, Farmers), restaurants, and more.

In addition to his trial court work, Mr. Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and other courts, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption.  He has also volunteered to write amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Sagafi is also active in the community, serving on several boards, including national nonprofit Alliance for Justice's (AFJ) board and the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) Bay Area chapter’s Board of Advisors. In the past, he has served as a Governor of the board of the nonprofit Public Advocates, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Judicial Evaluations Committee, a BASF attorney fee disputes arbitrator, Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Northern California (and Chair of Legal Committee), chair of the Board of the San Francisco ACS chapter, and as an Executive Committee member of the California Bar Litigation Section.  Additionally, Mr. Sagafi has served as an organizer of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section conferences. 

Mr. Sagafi has been recognized by numerous legal and non-profit organizations.  He has received the Community Justice Award from Centro Legal De La Raza, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in all fields in Northern California (2015-19), one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers” in California (2015-18), and one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the United States (2018).

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, and clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.  Mr. Sagafi graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. Harvard Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and president of the Board of Student Advisers.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Class Action
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Law Review: Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Senior Editor, 1999 - 2001
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1994

Published Works

  • Co-Author with Richard B. Rosenthal, "Ten things every trial lawyer must know about appeals: A primer for success in California's appellate courts," Plaintiff, December 2011
  • Survey of the State, Class Action Law – 2014-15; A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2014
  • Class Actions: A Path Through The Darkness, Plaintiff Magazine, 2014
  • Sagafi Considers Limited Scope Of Integrity Staffing, Questions Likelihood Of Collective Bargaining For Private Sector Workers, Bloomberg BNA, 2014
  • Survey of State, Class Action Law 2015-16: A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association, 2015
  • Spotting FLSA & California overtime exemption violations, Plaintiff Magazine, 2016
  • Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Assoc. v. U.S. Department of Labor, No. 13-35765 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2016); Joseph Cesarz et al. v. Wynn Las Vegas LLC et al., No. 14-15243 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2016) (consolidated opinion), O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Class-Action Settlements In An Ever-More-Crowded Field, Plaintiff Magazine, 2017


  • Speaker: "An Uncertain Future: The 21st Century Workforce in California", Bloomberg Law San Francisco Leadership Exchange
  • Speaker: "Pay Audits, Pay Transparency, and the Public Disclosure of Pay Data", American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Speaker: "Procedural Barriers to Discrimination Cases", UC Hastings Law Journal Spring Symposium, The Status of Antidiscrimination Law and Litigation in the United States
  • Speaker: "Brainstorming Best Practices in Pay Equity", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Speaker: "Trends in Class Action Employment Litigation", Practising Law Institute, Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2016: The California Difference
  • Speaker: "The Use of Experts in Title VII Cases", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Key Wage and Hour Developments", Practising Law Institute
  • Speaker: "Analyzing Damages in Wage and Hour Cases", American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group
  • Panelist: "Use and Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information", ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2016 - 2018
  • Leading Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal
  • Super Lawyer’s Top Lists, Top 100: Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018
  • Northern California Rising Stars, 2009 - 2011
  • Community Justice Award, Centro Legal De La Raza
  • “Top 20 Under 40” Lawyer, Daily Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alliance for Justice, Board Member
  • American Constitution Society (ACS) Bay Area chapter, Member, Board of Advisors
  • American Constitution Society (ACS) Bay Area chapter, Chair of the Executive Board, 2009 - 2011
  • Public Advocates Inc., Board of Governors, 2012 - 2015
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Member, Judicial Evaluations Committee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Volunteer Attorney, Fee Disputes Arbitrator
  • ACLU of Northern California, Vice Chair of the Board, 2010 - 2011
  • ACLU of Northern California, Chair of the Legal Committee, 2010 - 2011
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Executive Committee Member
  • ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of CA, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge William W Schwarzer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Law Clerk, 2001 - 2002


  • English (Primary)