Michael Hassen selected as Top Trial Lawyer of the Year by IAOTP

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

Michael J. Hassen, President at RealLaw APC was recently selected as Top Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal industry.

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 honorees are distinguished based upon their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. www.iaotp.com/award-gala

With more than 35 years of professional experience practicing law, Mr. Hassen has certainly proven himself as accomplished and he demonstrates expertise as a trial attorney. Over the entirety of his legal career, he has gained experience with class action lawsuits and matters involving antitrust, securities, false advertising, unfair competition, cybersecurity and data privacy. Mr. Hassen has considerable proficiency representing corporations such as financial institutions, retailers and manufacturers. He has also represented limited liability companies, real estate developers, owners and managers and many other businesspeople.

Before embarking on his legal career path, Mr. Hassen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley in 1983 and he received his Juris Doctorate in 1986. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Hassen is admitted to the California Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the New York State Bar.

His impressive repertoire includes working at the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and as a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court. This experience formed the foundation of his appellate court expertise—Mr. Hassen has had primary responsibility for preparing more than 100 appellate briefs, including briefs filed in various federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has argued before the California Supreme Court on three occasions and numerous times before the Ninth Circuit.

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

Mr. Hassen has represented retailers, financial institutions, telemarketing companies, debt collectors, and others in class actions under state and federal labor laws, privacy laws, consumer protection laws, and debt collection practices laws, as well as under the federal ADA and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws. He also holds notable experience in prosecuting and defending business torts such as misappropriation of trade secrets and raiding of corporate employees. And because about 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 side would prepare the case.

Mr. Hassen has been featured and recognized in publications and media for several class action lawsuits. Noted by the National Law Journal, the Daily Journal, Law360 and the Class Action Reporter. He writes a Class Action Defense Blog which contains more than 2,000 searchable pages and is often read and researched by the legal community.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Hassen has received many awards and accolades, and has been featured in publications for his outstanding 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 Top Trial Lawyer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professional (IAOTP). This year Mr. Hassen will be considered for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award given by IAOTP. In past years, he has received the AV-Preeminent Rating and the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review.

The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Mr. Hassen for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is insightful, has an unmatched record of success and is a true innovator of his time. We felt he would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to meeting him at the Annual Awards Gala.”’

Looking back, Mr. Hassen attributes his success to his single-minded focus on the best interests of the client, which forms the impetus for his perseverance and his passion in every case. His clients praise his creative thinking and, though acknowledging that it is a cliché, his ability to think outside the box. For the future, Mr. Hassen plans to implement change to the legal field and will train future lawyers on how to best serve their clientele.

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

About IAOTP

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers, and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For More information on IAOTP please visit:   www.iaotp.com

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