Zein Obagi, the firm's lead counsel, is a civil litigator reputed for aggressively prosecuting private and public interest cases against persons and organizations that have wronged. Before co-founding Obagi Law Group, P.C., Los Angeles attorney Zein Obagi practiced law with Allen Matkins LLP and Jones Bell LLP.
In 2013, longtime friends and colleagues Zein Obagi and Seth Stodder saw the virtues that a partnership would bring to their clients and formed Obagi Law Group, P.C., as a firm with the wealth of experience, personnel and resources to provide unparalleled representation at a sustainable value.
Mr. Obagi has served as the sharpest of representatives for individual and corporate clients in commercial and residential real estate disputes, employment and business litigation claims including based on wrongful termination, unlawful retaliation and harassment. In addition, He has served as the unwavering strong voice of persons wronged by entities and persons much more powerful than themselves, including foreign countries, federal agencies, municipalities and local school districts.
Mr. Obagi has successfully litigated and tried several breach of contract and fraud cases, and obtained two awards for punitive damages after trial. After obtaining judgments for punitive damages, Mr. Obagi has asserted his clients' interests in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, obtaining judgment for the non-dischargeability of debt incurred based on fraud and malicious injury.
Mr. Obagi has a strong judgment enforcement practice, and has successfully enforced judgments against defiant persons and institutions, including the country of Mexico. Mr. Obagi was associated as counsel after a local law firm had not been able to obtain payments on its judgment for eight years. That judgment was rendered for the Mexican Consulate's breach of contract with a janitorial services company. After eight months of aggressively pursuing Mexico, and obtaining orders to examine its Consular General, Mexico paid more than one and a half times the amount of the original judgment to settle.
His practice includes consumer advocacy, including defending individuals from meritless collections actions. As consumer debt collection defense counsel, Mr. Obagi has successfully obtained dismissal of a poorly supported complaint brought by a junk debt buyer, and, in a separate action, the reversal of a default judgment, the quashing of a writ of execution, and cessation of wage garnishment order where the consumer was never even served with a complaint in the case.
Mr. Obagi has also prosecuted bad-faith insurers who have refused to perform their obligations under the policies procured by their insureds. Zein Obagi is dedicated to protecting and resolutely asserting his clients' interests, and Obagi Law Group, P.C.'s resources permits him and his team to provide the highest-level representation in each client's case.
** Tried a case against Permanent Mission of Sweden, which was represented by Holland & Knight, LLP, against multiple attorneys to verdict after 9-day non-jury trial in Southern District of New York, 2017
** Successfully enforced judgment against the Country of Mexico and Consulate General of Mexico within six months of retention, after the judgment had been unpaid for 8 years. Advanced Janitorial Services v. Consulate General of Mexico, et al., LASC Case No. BC213353, 2011
** After prove-up, attained judgmnet for fraud for $122,830.64 in 3F Engineering, Inc. v. Callos, LASC Case No. BC445599, 2012
** For wrongfully sued client, successfully attained set-aside of default judgment and return of garnished wages to clients and within two months attained dismissal of complaint with prejudice. California Cola, Inc., LASC Case No. 11E02681, 2013
** For distressed debt investor client, prosecuted litigation against debtor and reached a settlement agreement. When debtor defaulted, moved to enforce settlement agreement, attained judgement and was able to recover entire debt through wage garnishment. Affordable Debt Solutions, Inc. v. Espadero, San Bernardino County Superior Court Case No. CIV DS 1310119, 2013
** Collected over $300,000 from dozens of outstanding account receivables accounts on behalf of four courier companies in Southern California under common ownership through demands, litigation and judgment enforcement action, 2013
** Attained arbitration award at ADR Services, Inc. in breach of contract action for plaintiff clients for $124,615.6, including an award of all attorneys' fees, arising from a professional services firm wrongfully assigning collection of its contract in violation of its contractual terms, 2014
** After receipt of only $2.55 million of $7 million dollar asset and purchase and sale agreement, successfully represented seller of legal cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles in breach of contract and fraud action buyers, recovering an additional $3.5 million of purchase price,and attaining seven-figure judgment for consequential damages, interest, attorneys fees and costs, 2018
** Successfully prosecuted action to enforce Residential Real Estate Purchase Agreement related to coveted real property, by filing compliant, recording lis pendens, defending expungement of the same and forcing defendants' hand to sell the property to client. LASC Case No. BC608717, 2016
** Recovered $50,000 for employee wrongfully terminated by big bank for sexual orientation discrimination, medical condition discrimination and following bank superior's directive to procure accounts from consumers using questionable tactics, 2015
** After nonjury trial, attained court judgment for non-dischargeability of six-figure judgment debt based on fraud in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal, 2015
** Attained collective settlement of $337,500.00 for mother and her special education son, based on torts committed against minor child, after taking three cases case over from mother in pro per, 2015
** Attained $900,000 settlement in bad-faith insurance claim by homeowners against major insurance carrier for sudden and accidental discharge of water, after Shernoff & Bidart, et al. quit the case, 2015
** Successfully prosecuted action against slumplord commercial landlord, and procured favorable settlement of $100,000 on the record at mandatory settlement conference, 2016
** Recovered six-figure settlement after enforcing promissory note arising from gambling in federal court, 2016
** Recovered $150,000 in federal court action prosecuted on behalf of employee against employer for (1) nonpayment of overtime compensation, (2) failure to provide meal and rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof, (2) misclassification of employee as independent contractor and wage statement violations, etc, 2017
** Represented administrator of estate in successfully prosecuting complaint against debtor under promissory note, recovering prejudgment interest and entire principal sum due. Estate of Rafael Vidrio v. Yaghoubi, et al., LASC Case No. BC637261, 2017
** As defense counsel through mediation, successfully settled claim present by former contractor that she was entitled to $200,000 plus bonus at termination, settling for less than 50% of that sum, 2017
** Attained settlement of $125,000 for two security officers working in the hay fields in Imperial Valley, California, after they were both discharge following one of them falling ill to heat stroke and them both complaining to OSHA about workplace safety violations, 2017
** Recovered $150,000 in federal court action prosecuted on behalf of wrongfully terminated employee against former employer for sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, solicitation of employee by misrepresentation, nonpayment of overtime and other Cal. Lab. Code. violations, 2017
** Filed complaint removed to federal court, and attained $480,000 settlement against two international corporations and national non-profit that allegedly tortiously circumvented small business client in marketing deal, 2017
** At mediation, after filing complaint in federal court seeking consent decree against company for safety violations, attained $450,000 settlement against cyrogenic gas company based on retaliatory discharge of whistleblower, 2018
** Attained California sister-state judgment on North Carolina judgment, and then pursued judgment debtor for non-dischargeability in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Attained stipulated judgment for non-dischargeability in Bankruptcy Court, and engaged in judgment enforcement through the U.S. Marshall's Office. Woolard v. Storms, C.D. Cal. B.K. Case No. 18-01070-MB, 2018
** After non-jury trial, attained favorable statement of decision for plaintiff expert witness firm in breach of contract action against lawyer and law firm in the sum of $23,104.79. Welch Consulting, Inc v. Baker, et al., LASC Case No. 17K07449, 2019
** Acted as administrator for estate of deceased client in Estate of Rafael Vidrio, LASC Case No. BP172007, selling two parcels of real estate, and collecting on promissory note in decedent's favor so assets exceeding $400,000 could be distributed to family and spouse, 2019
** After non-jury trial, attained judgement for $315,181.06 for pair of investors in Abdou v. Aura Systems, Inc., et al., LASC Case No. BC620609, 2019
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