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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

ABC News
January 21, 2020
Re: Dwight Stirling

Dwight Stirling was quoted about military responses to sexual assault cases. "The military has tried to solve this issue with all kinds of new programs and personnel and offices and SAPR and what not. None of it has worked. I contend that it will never work until you allow the person who is a survivor, the victim, their day in court," said Sterling.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Dan Simon
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"The Adversarial Mindset," Psychology, Public Policy and Law.

Dorothy S. Lund
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“Nonvoting Shares and Efficient Corporate Governance,” NYU External Law & Economics Workshop, NYU Law School, New York, NY.

Jonathan Barnett
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"The Forgotten Virtues of Doing Nothing," Truth on the Market, November 12, 2019.