Jahan C. Sagafi Esq.

Jahan C. Sagafi Esq.

San Francisco, California

JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner in charge of the Outten & Golden LLP San Francisco office, where he represents workers in class actions asserting wage and hour, discrimination, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other claims.  He has represented classes of workers alleging race and gender discrimination, including store salespeople at Abercrombie & Fitch, restaurant workers at McCormick & Schmick’s, and financial professionals at Goldman Sachs.  He has also recovered overtime compensation, meal and rest break pay, and vacation pay for various groups of workers, such as HVAC service technicians, technical support workers at IBM, Computer Sciences Corp., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, Cadence Design Systems, and Premera Blue Cross (with total settlements in those cases over $100 million*), security officers at Inter-Con, temp staffing workers at Adecco, hourly employees at Wal-Mart.  He currently represents call center workers alleging off-the-clock work, in-house instructors at AT&T www.attovertimepay.com, pregnant women at Raley’s supermarkets, counselors on military bases who were classified as independent contractors by MHN, financial professionals at Morgan Stanley, and shoppers and drivers working for Instacart.

In addition, Mr. Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals of class actions in state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption. 

Mr. Sagafi has also represented consumers challenging widespread deceptive business practices and discrimination.  For example, he has helped to recover over $1 billion* on behalf of African American and Latino customers of Toyota, Honda, and WFS, in class actions alleging that those customers were charged higher discretionary finance charge markups than white customers with similar creditworthiness.  He is also class counsel in settlements on behalf of Verizon and AT&T landline phone customers who were charged monthly fees by third-party companies without customer authorization (a practice called “cramming”).  He has asserted the rights of DirecTV customers charged unfair and deceptive early cancellation fees, uninsured hospital patients challenging unfairly high charges, and insurance customers subjected to deceptive sales practices, among others. 

Active in the San Francisco Bay Area and national legal communities, Mr. Sagafi has served on several boards.  He is a board member of national nonprofit Alliance for Justice http://www.afj.org/about-afj/bios/jahan-sagafi.  In addition, Mr. Sagafi is a member of the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) 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 an Executive Committee member of the California Bar Litigation Section.  In addition, he has served as an organizer of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section conferences.  Mr. Sagafi has received the Community Justice Award from Centro Legal De La Raza and has been repeatedly recognized as a "Rising Star for Northern California" by Super Lawyers and a “Top 20 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal in California.  More recently, he has been named a “Super Lawyer” (2014, 2015, 2016) and one of the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Northern California (2015, 2016). http://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-northern/san-francisco/lawyer/jahan-sagafi/c38493ad-b849-47f9-a617-ae068f0ad6e5.html

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 and 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

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, 2018 - Present
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2016 - 2018
  • Leading Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2015 - Present
  • Super Lawyer’s Top Lists, Top 100: 2015 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
  • San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter’s Board of Advisors, Member
  • Public Advocates, Governor
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Judicial Evaluations Committee, Member
  • BASF, Attorney Fee Disputes Arbitrator
  • ACLU of Northern California, Vice Chair
  • Legal Committee of the board of the ACLU of Northern California, Chair
  • Board of the San Francisco ACS Chapter, Chair
  • California Bar Litigation Section, Executive Committee Member
  • ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Conferences, Organizer

Past Employment Positions

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


  • English (Primary)