Michael J. Hassen, President of RealLaw APC was recently selected as 2022 Best Litigation Lawyer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

Michael J. Hassen, President of RealLaw APC was recently selected as Best Litigation Lawyer of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Best Professionals (IAOTP) in recognition of his exceptional leadership and commitment to the legal sector.

Inclusion within the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, as only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These Special Fellows are distinguished on the basis of their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All laureates are invited to attend the annual IAOTP Awards Gala at the end of this year for an evening in honor of their accomplishments. www.iaotp.com/award-gala

With more than 35 years of professional experience in the practice of law, Me Hassen has certainly proven his worth and demonstrated expertise as a general counsel. Throughout his legal career, he has gained experience in class actions and cases involving antitrust, securities, false advertising, unfair competition, cybersecurity and data privacy. Mr. Hassen has considerable expertise in representing businesses such as financial institutions, retailers and manufacturers. He has also represented limited liability companies, real estate developers, owners and managers and numerous other businessmen.

Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Hassen received his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and his JD in 1986. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Hassen is called to the California Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the New York State Bar.

His impressive repertoire includes his work at the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and as an attorney at the California Supreme Court. This experience formed the basis of his expertise in court of appeal — Mr. Hassen has had primary responsibility for preparing over 100 appeal briefs, including briefs filed with various federal courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court, and he has argued before the California Supreme Court in three times and several times in front of the ninth circuit.

Mr. Hassen’s trial experience began when he worked as a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, which he joined in 1988. Following the San Francisco earthquake, Mr. Hassen relocated at Miller, Starr & Regalia where he quickly became an associate and tried out business for 14 years. Mr. Hassen then transferred his skills to Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell LLP, where he judged cases as a capital partner for 13 years before opening his own law firm in 2018.

Mr. Hassen has represented retailers, financial institutions, telemarketers, debt collectors and others in class actions under federal and state labor laws, privacy laws , consumer protection laws and debt collection practices, as well as under the ADA and Telephone Consumer Protection Acts (TCPA). He also has notable experience in the prosecution and defense of commercial crimes such as the misappropriation of trade secrets and the looting of company employees. And because approximately 25% of his practice involves representing plaintiffs in complex cases, he is able to analyze cases and plan a trial strategy based on an understanding of how each party would prepare the case.

Mr. Hassen has been featured and recognized in publications and the media for several class actions. Rated by the National Law Journal, the Daily Journal, Law360 and the Class Action Reporter. He writes a class action defense blog that has over 2,000 searchable pages and is often read and researched by the legal community.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Hassen has received numerous awards and honors and has appeared in publications for his exceptional leadership and commitment to the legal industry. This year, he will be considered for a feature article in TIP (Top Industry Professional) magazine and was chosen as the best litigator of the year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). This year, Mr. Hassen will be considered for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the IAOTP. In recent years he has received the AV-Preeminent Rating and the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review.

IAOTP President Stephanie Cirami said: “Choosing Mr. Hassen for this award was an easy decision for our panel. He is insightful, has an unmatched record of success and is a true innovator of his time. We thought he would make an incredible asset to our organization. We look forward to meeting him at the annual awards gala.

Looking back, Mr. Hassen attributes his success to his steadfast focus on the best interests of the client, which motivates his persistence and passion in all cases. Her clients praise her creative thinking and, while acknowledging that this is a cliché, her ability to think outside the box. Going forward, Mr. Hassen intends to implement changes in the legal field and will train future lawyers on how best to serve their clients.

For more information on Mr. Michael J. Hassen, please visit: www.reallaw.us


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