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Saleem K. Erakat

Partner

Saleem K. Erakat is a Partner with extensive litigation experience on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Erakat’s practice is primarily focused on representing individuals in personal injury matters, whether arising out of a vehicle accident, a dangerous premises or a defective product. He has represented individuals against public entities, international product manufacturers, negligent drivers, trucking companies and building owners. Mr. Erakat began his career defending manufacturers of various products, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as automobile manufacturers in catastrophic personal injury litigation. Mr. Erakat has also represented individuals in employment claims for harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In addition, Mr. Erakat also has experience in complex business litigation matters across a variety of industries. His experience includes bring claims on behalf of minority shareholders against the management of a company in shareholder derivative suites, partnership sale and dissolution disputes, real estate disputes and construction claims.

Saleem K. Erakat has been a litigator since passing the California Bar exam in 2004. Mr. Erakat received his undergraduate degree in both History and Economics from U.C. Davis. He received his J.D. from U.C. Hastings, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. Throughout his career, Mr. Erakat has successfully litigated and resolved cases for his clients, including successfully arguing for and defending against multiple motions for summary judgment, and being an integral part of successful trial teams on multi-million-dollar disputes.

Mr. Erakat has also previously been active in his community, serving as a board member of the Youth Employment Services of the Harbor/Mesa Area, helping youth age 16 to 22 to get the skills to find and keep a job, as well as learning money management. Mr. Erakat is currently a board member of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, working to protect civil rights, promote mutual understanding and preserve the cultural heritage of the Arab American community.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

  • Complex Business Litigation

  • Products Liability

  • Employment

  • Commercial Disputes

  • Fraud and Unfair Competition

 

 

LITIGATION PERCENTAGE

 

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

  • California, 2004

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

  • Supreme Court of California

 

 

EDUCATION

 

University of California, Hastings

College of the Law, San Francisco, California

  •  J.D. - May, 2004

University of California at Davis 

  • B.A. - 2001

 

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

 

Reconciling Song-Beverly and Commercial Warranty Provisions, Daily Journal, 2012

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, 2011

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • State Bar of California

  • American Bar Association

  • Orange County Bar Association, 2008 – Present

 

 

LANGUAGES

 

  • Arabic

  • Spanish

  • English (Primary)