Aashish Y. Desai is an experienced and polished advocate. He has a reputation as both an ethical and determined attorney and a long history of success. Clients and attorneys seek him out not only for his professionalism, intelligence and strong desire to win, but perhaps more importantly, because of his proactive, solution-oriented style of litigation. He takes his role as an advocate very seriously — whether it’s a multi-million dollar class action or a pro bono matter. He recently filed an amicus brief and appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of whether the outside salesperson exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 applies to pharmaceutical representatives.
He has written countless legal articles and co-authored the leading CEB practice manual for California Wage and Hour Law, published by The Regents of the University of California. He is also a Chapter Editor for The Fair Labor Standards Act, a preeminent labor treatise published by BNA.
Mr. Desai has worked on both sides of the fence, initially with a prominent defense firm and then with a boutique class action group. For two-years he served as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing (2004-2006). He also worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Frances Maloney at the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Texas in 1995.
As the Managing Partner at Desai Law Firm, he primarily handles class and collective actions involving:
- State and Federal Wage and Hour
- Employment Law
- Antitrust Law
- Personal Injury/Mass Tort
- Consumer Fraud
- Unfair Business Practices
B.A University of Texas at Austin (Economics) – 1991
J.D University of Houston Law Center – 1996
Aashish Desai recently co-authored the book, California Wage and Hour Law and Litigation. Now available from Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).
For the past nine consecutive years – from 2005 to 2013 – his peers have selected him as a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters. He received a perfect 10/10 rating from the online legal referral service AVVO, which also selected Mr. Desai as one of the top five employment law attorneys in Orange County Metro Magazine (2010 & 2012).
Mr. Desai is frequently asked to speak at legal seminars aimed at educating other lawyers and judges in the legal community. And he is actively involved with preparing appellate briefs and arguments, both as a litigant and as an amicus. He has been interviewed or quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, Lawyers and Settlements, Automotive Digest, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal, among others.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Trial Lawyers
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
California Employment Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
Orange County Legion Lex Inn of Court – Chapter No. XC111