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Michael Farhang

Michael Farhang

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: August 28, 2019




Michael M. Farhang is a former federal prosecutor and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is an experienced litigator and trial attorney and specializes in defending companies, directors and executives in United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, as well as representing corporate clients in various commercial, securities and mergers- and acquisitions-related matters, including shareholder class actions, derivative suits, breach of contract and fraud claims, and other commercial litigation. Farhang has tried more than 25 cases in government and private practice.

Between 1996 and 2003, he served with the DOJ as a federal prosecutor, both at the department headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. Farhang received the DOJ’s Special Achievement Award and served in Iraq on behalf of the department in 2003 as part of a 13-member legal team (consisting of federal judges, prosecutors and public defenders) working with the Coalition Provisional Authority on reconstruction of the Iraqi judicial system.

Farhang graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, receiving an A.B. magna cum laude in government and Near Eastern languages and civilizations in 1992.  He received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995. Farhang served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William J. Rea, U.S. District Judge, Central District of California, in 1995-1996.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod
September 24, 2020
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour was interviewed on the Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod Podcast on the lack of charges against the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death. "As a law professor I teach my students that ethics are important to lawyers... It is especially disturbing for me to see the attorney general mislead the American public that way" regarding Breonna Taylors death, he said.

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