Outten & Golden LLP
Outten & Golden LLP enjoys a strong national reputation for representing employees, executives and partners in all areas of employment law. From representing senior executives in contract negotiations, to protecting individuals' civil rights in the workplace, to combating worker exploitation and systemic discrimination in class action and impact litigation, Outten & Golden LLP is solely focused on the field of employment law. We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm's focus on protecting and promoting employee rights.
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Jahan C. Sagafi | Partner
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.
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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.
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Rachel M. Bien | Partner
RACHEL BIEN, is a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Los Angeles, California, and a Co-Chair of its Class & Collective Action Practice Group.
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Ms. Bien is an experienced litigator who has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages on behalf of her clients. She has represented tens of thousands of workers across many different industries in class and collective lawsuits. She was lead counsel in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., one of the first cases to argue that interns should be paid for their work on behalf of a private employer.
Ms. Bien is committed to protecting workers’ rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage laws. She has litigated and successfully settled many cases involving workers who were “misclassified” by their employers as “exempt” from overtime protections or labeled as “independent contractors” and denied overtime pay and other benefits. She has won motions against large corporations, and consistently advocates for interpretations of the law that advance the rights of all workers, including those who are most vulnerable to abuse.
Ms. Bien is an active member of the employment law bar. She is a member of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (“NELA”) and its California chapter (“CELA”), and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She speaks frequently on wage and hour topics.
She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and joined Outten & Golden LLP in October 2006 after serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Michael J. Scimone | Associate
MICHAEL J. SCIMONE is an associate at Outten & Golden LLP in New York. He represents employees in class and collective actions, focusing primarily on wage and hour litigation.
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During law school, Mr. Scimone participated in CUNY’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, representing employees in wage and hour cases. He also worked for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2, the legal department of UNITE HERE, Make the Road by Walking, and the Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Project. Before law school, Mr. Scimone worked as an organizer for UNITE, an international union representing garment, laundry, and industrial workers in North America. Mr. Scimone received his B.A. from Vassar College in 2001.
Laura Iris Mattes | Associate
LAURA IRIS MATTES is an associate at Outten & Golden LLP and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Ms. Mattes clerked for the Honorable William Orrick III in the Northern District of California. Ms. Mattes received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. During law school, she conducted human rights research at Human Rights Watch, assisted with civil rights litigation at Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff, and Abady LLP, and advocated for communities affected by internationally-finance development projects at Accountability Counsel. Prior to law school, Ms. Mattes worked on human rights issues in Colombia and conducted Fulbright research in Romania.
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Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLPOlivier Schreiber & Chao represents individuals in litigation, appeals, and negotiation against large companies and the government. If your civil rights have been violated, you have been wrongfully terminated or harassed at work, or you have lost money from a company’s wrongful conduct, the lawyers at Olivier Schreiber & Chao are committed to helping you get justice.
Christian Schreiber | PartnerChristian Schreiber is a founding partner of Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP.
Chris represents individuals in class action and collective action cases involving employment, civil rights, consumer law, and financial services matters. He has litigated cases across the United States, and also handles individual employment and civil rights cases, as well as Qui Tam and whistleblower cases.
Before founding OSC in 2018, Chris was a Partner at Chavez & Gertler LLP, a nationally-recognized class action firm based in Mill Valley. Prior to joining Chavez & Gertler, he was a class action litigation associate at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP in San Francisco. Chris has prosecuted class action cases across the country and has helped to achieve settlements on behalf of consumers and workers in wage-and-hour, discrimination, product liability, financial fraud, and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) cases.
Chris is involved in numerous legal and educational volunteer community organizations. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Impact Fund, a Berkeley-based non-profit that funds and prosecutes impact litigation across the United States. He is currently the vice-chair of the California State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, on which he has served since 2013. The Commission administers the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Program (IOLTA) and the Equal Access Fund, and jointly administers the Justice Gap Fund with the California Commission on Access to Justice. Chris is also a volunteer supervising attorney of the Workers’ Rights Clinic for Legal Aid at Work, in San Francisco. He is an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), where he serves on CELA’s Legislative Committee and Wage and Hour Committee and helped found and served as an editor for the organization’s blog, CELA VOICE.
Chris has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine for the last six years (2013-2018). He was named a “Rising Star” in 2012.
During law school, Mr. Schreiber won the school’s Roscoe Pound Moot Court Competition and served on the Moot Court Executive Board. He was a staff member on the Journal of Sexual Orientation Law and served as co-chair of UCLA’s Public Interest Law Fund. He was also a co-founder of the UCLA chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Prior to law school, he worked in Sacramento as a legislative aide in the Legislature, where he served as Chief Investigator for the State Senate Select Committee to Investigate Price Manipulation of the Wholesale Energy Market.
Katharine Chao | PartnerKatharine Chao is a founding partner of Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP.
Kathy represents employees in individual litigation, negotiations, and class actions in both state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage-and-hour, compensation and whistleblowing matters. Kathy also represents executives and start-up employees in employment contract and equity compensation matters.
Prior to founding the firm, Kathy was the principal at Chao Legal in San Francisco and Oakland, where she practiced employment law exclusively on behalf of employees since 2012. Before starting her own firm, Kathy practiced as a defense attorney in the San Francisco offices of Paul Hastings LLP and Nossaman LLP. As a defense attorney, Kathy worked on complex commercial litigation, consumer class action defense, and civil and criminal antitrust matters.
Kathy is also an active member of the legal community. She is the Board President of Open Door Legal, a San Francisco-based legal aid non-profit organization. Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to legal representation as a method for dramatically reducing poverty. She is an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), where she serves on the Wage and Hour Committee. Kathy also has a significant pro bono practice, including ongoing participation as a volunteer attorney with the Federal Pro Bono Project of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
While in law school, Kathy was the Senior Articles Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law and externed for the Hon. Edward M. Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. After law school, Kathy clerked for the Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Among the honors she has received, Kathy was recently selected as a 2018 Northern California Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff-side employment litigation, and was also named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2015 and 2016. She is a frequent speaker on employment litigation on panels and conferences throughout California.