Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
Harvard Law School
Loyola Law School (J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif)
University of Southern California (B.A., magna cum laude)
Alexander R. Safyan
Alex Safyan is counsel in M&R’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice Group. A dynamic litigator who has successfully handled an array of cases from inception through trial, Alex has experience litigating disputes involving antitrust, fraud, unfair competition, breach of contract, trade secret, and employment claims, among others. Along the way, Alex has earned a stellar reputation for his sharp legal analysis and execution of winning litigation strategies.
Alex brings a unique perspective to every matter that is rare and extremely valuable to his clients. He has worked on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in some of the largest and most complex class actions in the country and has won and negotiated settlements from both sides of the aisle. Alex also has experience advising clients and mitigating their litigation risks as general counsel, which experience he uses to manage cases aggressively but efficiently.
As a testament to his litigation prowess, Alex has defeated a $100 million proposed antitrust class action alleging price discrimination in the sale of the world’s leading energy shot; successfully opposed summary judgment and helped to write the winning Ninth Circuit brief following trial in a case involving a commercial contract dispute; resolved a multi-million dollar fraud action for pennies on the dollar through aggressive discovery, investigation and motion practice; and secured a complete defense victory in an employment action by demonstrating to the plaintiff at deposition that the case lacked merit and should be dismissed. This is but a sampling of his litigation successes and an example of why he was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2022;
In addition to his work in the courtroom, Alex contributed to the leading treatise and practice guide in California on competition and consumer protection law; published several articles on pressing legal issues; and tutored repeat bar exam takers to improve their essay writing. Alex also regularly takes by invitation only courses at Harvard Law School focusing on business and legal analysis.
Antitrust: Represented manufacturer of the world’s leading energy shot in proposed antitrust class action alleging claims under the seldom-litigated Robinson-Patman Act and California Unfair Practices Act. Successfully opposed class certification and individual plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, then defeated follow-on litigation that resulted in a complete defense jury verdict following a three-week trial.
Breach of Contract: Represented sheet metal fabricator and its CEO in a contract dispute involving alleged breaches of operating agreement and lease agreement. After taking over the case more than a year into the litigation, successfully moved for leave to assert cross-claims and engaged in strategic discovery that turned a six-figure demand into a walk-away settlement.
Breach of Contract/Unfair Competition: Represented leading fresh meal solutions provider in business dispute with its largest shareholder over claims of alleged unfair competition. Negotiated a favorable, pre-litigation business divorce that allowed the client to reorganize and raise additional capital to accelerate its growth plan.
Fraud: Represented individual defendants in fraudulent conveyance action arising from an $11.5 million judgment against their estranged relative. After taking over the case from two previous law firms, engaged in aggressive discovery and investigation that revealed the plaintiff’s spouse had filed for bankruptcy and leveraged the bankruptcy filing to disqualify plaintiff’s counsel and resolve the case on extremely favorable terms.
Shareholder/Partnership Dispute: Represented minority shareholders in partnership dispute involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and gross mismanagement against officers of the company. Worked closely with economic expert to demonstrate financial malfeasance and self-dealing, paving the way to a valuable buy-out of clients’ interests.
Tortious Interference: Represented preeminent U.S.-based cannabis real estate investment trust in multi-party litigation involving a dispute over property acquisition. Successfully defeated opposing party’s anti-SLAPP motion and negotiated an effective gag order for the party’s CEO.