Mike Arias is the founding and managing partner of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP. He is a Past-President of both the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), two of the largest trial lawyer associations in the nation. He is also the first attorney to hold both presidencies back-to-back, with a two-month overlap.
Numerous publications and peer organizations have recognized Mr. Arias as one of the top trial attorneys in the nation. The Daily Journal has honored him as one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorneys in California every year since 2018 as well as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2019. The National Law Journal honored him in 2020 as a Plaintiff Trailblazer and LawDragon has recognized him as one of the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumers Lawyers in 2019 and 2020.
During his nearly 35+ year career, he has litigated and tried matters throughout the United States, in both state and federal court. He has served as lead, co-lead or liaison counsel in well over 100 class and mass tort/plaintiff actions, including class actions against some of the largest corporations and institutions in the nation.
He was co-liaison counsel for the plaintiffs in the University of Southern California/Dr. George Tyndall litigation on behalf of over 700 women who were sexually abused and assaulted by the disgraced USC OB/GYN. He led the charge in obtaining a historic $852 million settlement, the largest known settlement in a sexual abuse case in U.S. history, as well as the largest known personal injury settlement against a university.
His trial experience is as diverse as the firm’s practice. His last several trials have included serious personal injury, wrongful death, employment, consumer class actions and mass wage and hour claims. He has recently resolved several class actions and mass plaintiff matters involving antitrust, toxic torts, consumer, wage and hour, environmental issues and product liability. During his career, he has resolved hundreds of matters, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients.
In 2020, Mr. Arias was again elected to the executive committee of The American Association of Justice (AAJ). He also serves as co-chair of the AAJ PAC Development Committee and is a member of the AAJ National Finance Council. Mr. Arias has been integral in helping bring greater representation and equity throughout the political arena through his fundraising efforts on behalf of consumer-friendly political candidates for state and federal offices nationwide.
Mr. Arias is admitted to practice law in California, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He also is admitted before numerous federal courts throughout the country. He holds an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating is the highest rating given and is awarded only upon reaching “heights” of professional excellence, both in terms of legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been selected annually as a Southern California Super Lawyer, an honor reserved for the top 5% of attorneys practicing in Southern California.