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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

KPCC Air Talk
November 18, 2019
Re: Camille Gear Rich

Camille Gear Rich participated in a discussion on KPCC Air Talk about free speech. “I think we’re entering an era in which people are much more aware of the need for some protection, some regulation in terms of how speech is orchestrated, that government is in a position where it’s trying to create conditions where a variety of speakers with different sensitivities can participate in public debate. So when it says “Congress shall make no law,” there are all sorts of ways in which we have historically carved out particular things, particular areas, where there is a need for regulation … there is a need for let’s say, speed bumps, or containers … where there are certain kinds of speech that are so coercive to public debate or dangerous for other reasons that we impose some limitations and we’ve created definitions around obscenity, around threats, around fighting words, to try to create those conditions that really will allow for a truly participatory and rich conversation,” Rich said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Nomi Stolzenberg
July, 2019

Nomi Stolzenberg, "Anne Dailey and the New Fictionalism," 36th Annual Congress of Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Effects of the Putative Confession Instruction on Perceptions of Children's True and False Statements" (with Jennifer Gongola and Nicholas Scurich), Applied Cognitive Psychology 33 (2019): 655.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Children’s Concealment of a Minor Transgression: The Role of Age, Maltreatment, and Executive Functioning" (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams), Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.