Among Mr. Felahy’s notable achievements, he sued an international oil exploration company on behalf of an employee who complained of sexual harassment by a supervisor. Through skillful lawyering, after a multi-week trial, Mr. Felahy helped persuade the jury to return a verdict in favor of his client. The court ultimately awarded $840,000, affirmed on appeal in 2014.
Litigation is not always the first step in a case. Depending on our client’s goals and on the nature of the case, we may attempt to resolve the dispute through negotiation or mediation before going to court. In fact, there are many ways in which civil law makes it preferable to resolve a problem out of court. However, when litigation is necessary, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit and try the case before a jury.
In the last decade, Mr. Felahy has established a solid track record of success in trial advocacy and class action certifications. Mr. Felahy has consistently won trial victories on behalf of clients in many areas of employment and business law. In fact, Mr. Felahy is most proud of a hard-fought undefeated record in taking plaintiff-side matters to trial. Numerous courts have appointed Mr. Felahy and his team as lead class counsel in numerous successful class action certification matters. These successes have allowed Mr. Felahy’s clients to recover tens of millions of dollars in compensation.
Mr. Felahy’s expertise is exemplified by the following selected results:
Mr. Felahy successfully represented a former senior vice president of a national bank who was terminated because of his disability. As a consequence of his skillfull representation, Mr. Felahy expanded protections for all California bank executives and obtained a substantial settlement for his client.
Mr. Felahy represented a former union president against her union and acting union president for slander. Through skillful lawyering in a bench trial, the court awarded his client a six-figure emotional distress amount on top of a punitive damages finding and award.
Mr. Felahy secured a jury verdict of over $700,000 for his client in connection with the purchase of a grocery store where the defendants committed fraud by concealing material information concerning the business value.
WAGE & OVERTIME CLASS ACTION
Wage & hour class action settlement against regional employer for $6.25 million. Final approval granted.
Wage & hour class action settlement against national employer for $1 million. Final approval granted.
Wage & hour class action settlement against regional employer for $675,000. Final approval granted.
Wage & hour class action settlement against regional employer for $475,000. Final approval granted.
Mr. Felahy obtained a near seven-figure settlement for four construction workers who were forced to endure a hostile work environment on account of their race.