Hassan Zavareei graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1990, with degrees in Comparative Area Studies and Russian. Upon graduation from Duke, Mr. Zavareei worked as a Russian-speaking flight attendant for Delta Air Lines for two years. He later earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1995, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation from Berkeley, Mr. Zavareei joined the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. In April of 2002, Mr. Zavareei founded Tycko & Zavareei LLP with his partner, Jonathan Tycko.
Mr. Zavareei has handled numerous trials in state and federal courts across the nation in a wide range of practice areas. In his most recent jury trial, Mr. Zavareei prevailed on behalf of his client after a four month trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court. That jury verdict came after years of hard-fought litigation, including an award of almost $2 million in sanctions against the opposing party due to revelations of discovery misconduct uncovered through electronic discovery.
Although he is a general litigator, Mr. Zavareei devotes most of his practice to class action litigation. While at Gibson Dunn, Mr. Zavareei managed the defense of a nationwide class action brought against a major insurance carrier. In recent years, Mr. Zavareei’s class action practice has focused on the representation of plaintiffs in consumer fraud cases, primarily relating to the financial services industry. For instance, Mr. Zavareei was class counsel in over a dozen cases against banks across the country regarding their practices of charging unlawful overdraft fees for debit card transactions. Those cases haves returned hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers. Mr. Zavareei also served as Lead Counsel in Multi-District Litigation against a financial services company that provided debit cards to college students. That case also resulted in the return of millions of dollars to consumers. He is currently lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous class actions and putative class actions.
In his civil rights practice, Mr. Zavareei has represented individuals, groups of employees, and tenant associations in employment and fair housing litigation. Mr. Zavareei has obtained substantial judgments and settlements for his civil rights clients.
As a general litigator, Mr. Zavareei has been involved in numerous high profile cases. For example, Mr. Zavareei represented Christian Laettner pro bono in a successful battle with investors and rogue business partners to stabilize Mr. Laettner’s historic development of downtown Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Zavareei also represented Dr. Steven Hatfill, who was wrongfully accused by the media and the FBI of perpetrating the Anthrax attacks of 2001. Mr. Zavareei successfully represented Dr. Hatfill in defamation litigation against Vanity Fair and The Reader’s Digest.
Mr. Zavareei is an accomplished appellate lawyer, having argued cases before the D.C. Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, and the Ohio Court of Appeals.
Mr. Zavareei has also testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and the Advisory Committee of Civil Procedure. He speaks frequently at continuing education events on a wide range of topics, including ethics, class action practice, and attorneys’ fee jurisprudence.
Mr. Zavareei is married to Dr. Natalie Zavareei and has three daughters, Hayden, Jordan and Isabella. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Board of Directors of Public Justice and is the President of Hayden’s Journey of Inspiration, a non-profit that provides housing to families of pediatric stem cell transplant recipients.
Mr. Zavareei is admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, Bar of the State of California, the Bar of the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.