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Fazio, Michael L.

Michael L. Fazio

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3227
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Michael L. Fazio specializes in complex business litigation and arbitration, focusing on consumer class actions, unfair competition, securities actions, and shareholder direct and derivative actions.  He has also defended a host of fraud claims and large contractual disputes against both individual and corporate clients.  Mr. Fazio has never lost a jury trial, and he also has a 100% success rate in arbitrations.

  • Samsung
  • ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  • Charles Schwab
  • Parsons Corporation
  • General Atomics Energy Services, Inc.
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Hyundai Corporation, USA
  • Jinro America, Inc.
  • Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Represented Sprint Spectrum, L.P. in a consumer class action based upon Sprint's practice of charging and collecting early termination fees.  After a four week jury trial, the jury found in favor of Sprint, concluding that the amount of money Sprint loses when subscribers terminate early exceeds the amount of early termination fees collected by Sprint.
  • Won a complete defense verdict for a local real estate developer in a fraud action where plaintiffs sought more than $200 million in back child support.
  • Won summary adjudication on behalf of Nextel South Corporation in a proposed consumer class action based upon Nextel's practice of charging and collecting early termination fees.
  • Represented Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. in a proposed class action involving alleged violations of the Labor Code and California Business & Professions Code § 17200 based upon missed meal and rest breaks and unpaid overtime.  Class certification was denied and the case settled.
  • Represented Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in an ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) arbitration proceeding.  Prevailed on cross-claims that petitioner, an inventor, had breached various research and development agreements by conducting research in areas prohibited under the agreements.
  • Represented General Atomics Energy Services, Inc. in a AAA proceeding to recover costs attributable to respondent's negligence in causing the unplanned shutdown of a uranium hexafluoride production plant, which was jointly owned by the parties.  Prevailed on cross-claims for wrongful termination.
  • Won dismissal of a consumer class action on behalf of ConAgra Foods, Inc. based upon ConAgra labeling its Healthy Choice pasta sauce as "natural" and it contains high fructose corn syrup. 
  • Obtained a litigation cost settlement on behalf of The Parsons Corporation in a qui tam action brought by a former employee.
  • University of Florida College of Law
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)
    • Florida Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Tulane University
    (B.S., magna cum laude, 1996)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States Navy:
    • Lieutenant, 1996-2000