Businesses fighting class actions or enforcing arbitration agreements face fewer obstacles to both because of the strategic drafting and litigating skills of Archis Parasharami. Co-chairman of Mayer Brown’s consumer litigation and class action practice, Parasharami, 35, laid the early groundwork for the business community’s major victory last term in the U.S. Supreme Court — defeating a challenge to an arbitration agreement’s class action waiver provision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.

The AT&T case, which Parasharami considers the “signal achievement” of his past seven years with the firm, is a classic example of his work. “We helped the company think through how to create a fairer alternative to class action litigation,” said Parasharami, whose parents emigrated from India in the 1970s. “We advised it on how to draft the arbitration agreement and then litigated the issues all over the country. The experience of handling a portfolio of cases, having an eye on potentially obtaining Supreme Court review and being part of a superb team here that obtained that success has been a fantastic experience.”

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