Zein E. Obagi, Jr.
Lead Counsel Attorney Serving Los Angeles
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.
Dedicated Legal Service
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.
An Aggressive, Effective Approach
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.
Education & Bar Admissions
Mr. Obagi earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He enjoys admission practice law throughout the State of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.