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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.
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Susan Estrich writes an op-ed about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is not responding well to the COVID-19 outbreak. She said, "Right now, HIPAA is making it impossible to know whether you have been in contact with an infected person and, in turn, whether you may be infecting a high-risk loved one."
Thomas D. Lyon
“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 191 (2020).
Thomas D. Lyon
“The effects of the putative confession and evidence presentation on maltreated and non-maltreated 9- to 12-year-olds’ coached concealment of a minor transgression,” (with Angela Evans) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 188 (2019).
"The Adversarial Mindset," Psychology, Public Policy and Law.