Archis A. Parasharami: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Archis A. Parasharami

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3328

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Consumer & Employment Arbitration
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Social Media Law
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation & Class Actions
  • Food & Beverage Industry Class Actions
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3328
Fax: 202 263 5328
University Princeton University, A.B., summa cum laude, 1997
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Admitted2002, New York; 2002, District of Columbia; US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; US District Court for the District of Columbia; US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; US District Court for the District of Nebraska; US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Archis A. Parasharami, a litigation partner in Mayer Brown's Washington office, is a co-chair of the firm's Consumer Litigation & Class Actions practice, recently named by Law360 as one of the top five class action groups of the year. He also is a member of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate practice.

Archis routinely defends businesses in class action litigation in federal and state courts around the country. He brings substantial experience to all aspects of complex litigation and class actions, with a particular focus on strategy issues, multidistrict litigation, and critical motions seeking the dismissal of class actions or opposing class certification. He also has helped businesses achieve settlements on highly favorable terms in significant class actions.

Archis frequently speaks on developments in the class action arena, and has been quoted on a number of occasions in the National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. He is a co-editor of Class Defense , the firm's blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy.

In 2013, Archis was selected by Law360 as a Rising Star in the field of class action litigation-one of five lawyers under 40 to receive that recognition. He also was named by The National Law Journal in 2011 as one of the Minority 40 Under 40, which identifies minority lawyers who have had significant influence in their practice areas over the past five years. In addition, he has been identified as a Washington Super Lawyer.

Archis has been recognized for his skills both in drafting arbitration agreements-particularly in the consumer and employment contexts-and in litigating the enforceability of those agreements. Most notably, Archis was one of the Mayer Brown lawyers who represented AT&T Mobility in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, in which the US Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state-law rules that would refuse to enforce arbitration agreements solely because they waive class actions. Archis represented the company at all stages of the case, starting from the district court all the way to the Supreme Court, where Archis helped write the winning briefs. Archis also successfully briefed and argued State ex rel. AT&T Mobility LLC v. Wilson, in which the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision refusing to dismiss a class-action lawsuit in favor of individual arbitration. And, along with his colleagues, he represented one of the petitioners in Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown, in which the US Supreme Court summarily reversed the West Virginia Supreme Court's categorical refusal to enforce all pre-dispute arbitration agreements that apply to personal-injury or wrongful-death claims against nursing homes as preempted by federal law.

Archis maintains a substantial appellate practice, drafting briefs in the US Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts, and trial courts around the country. Among other things, Archis has prepared merits and amicus briefs in leading appellate cases involving class action and arbitration issues. He recently co-authored key amicus briefs in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, addressing what should count as a common question for purposes of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, and Stolt-Nielsen, S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp., a precursor decision to Concepcion on the availability of class-wide arbitration. According to the Legal 500, Archis has been praised for his appellate work as a 'outstanding writer, fine oralist, and excellent strategist.'

Archis also advises and represents clients on legislative matters, helping advance substantive business and legal concerns within the public policy-making environment. He recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on issues relating to class actions and arbitration.

While at Mayer Brown, Archis has undertaken a number of pro bono matters, including litigation at the trial and appellate levels and public policy work on human rights issues. He is a co-chair of the amicus committee of the North American South Asian Bar Association, and serves on the Hindu American Foundation's Legal Advisory Team.

Archis is a member of the firm's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Washington, DC office's recruiting committee. He joined Mayer Brown in 2003 after clerking for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


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Getting to "Yes": Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Formation of "Browsewrap" Arbitration Agreements
Archis A. Parasharami,James F. Tierney, August 27, 2014
In the three years since AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, courts have largely been rejecting substantive attacks on arbitration agreements that waive class actions. By contrast, in some cases plaintiffs have succeeded in avoiding arbitration by arguing that they never agreed to it in the first...

Wyndham Seeks Immediate Appeal Over FTC Authority To Regulate Data Security While District Court Allows Case To Proceed On Common-Enterprise Theory
Stephen Lilley,Archis A. Parasharami, July 22, 2014
For the past two years, a federal court in New Jersey has considered important data security issues in the FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. litigation. Two recent opinions issued by the court now have brought that case back into the news—and made clear that the stakes are as high as ever.

FTC Authority to Bring Enforcement Actions Over Data-Security Standards Upheld
Stephen Lilley,Archis A. Parasharami,Lei Shen,Evan M. Wooten, April 21, 2014
In a recent decision, a federal judge concluded that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the power to regulate data security and thus rejected a company’s challenge to the FTC’s authority. If the decision stands, the FTC is likely to continue its scrutiny of businesses’...
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Archis A. Parasharami

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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