Saleem K. Erakat is a Senior Attorney with extensive litigation experience on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Erakat has represented pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as automobile manufacturers in catastrophic personal injury litigation in Santa Ana. He has also represented individuals in personal injury claims against premises owners, industrial machinery manufacturers and public entities, as well as in employment claims for harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Mr. Erakat also has experience in complex business litigation matters. Representative clients include a corporation being sued by former employees for benefits related to the sale of the corporation, minority shareholders in a shareholder derivative lawsuit, and an appraisal management company in litigation brought by the FDIC related to the collapse of a national bank.
Saleem K. Erakat has been a civil 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.
- 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
Past Employment Positions
- K&L Gates, LLP, Litigation Associate, 2012 – 2014
- Snell & Wilmer, LLP, Litigation Associate, 2008 – 2012
- Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, Associate, 2006 – 2008
- Low, Ball & Lynch, LLP, Associate, 2005 – 2006
- English (Primary)