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Michael M. Astanehe

Michael M. Astanehe

Attorney & Founder

Michael M. Astanehe possesses a zeal for employee & investor rights, social justice, and community empowerment. These principles led Michael to start Astanehe Law, where he routinely helps employees & investors throughout California to attain justice.  Michael has counseled hundreds of people on civil matters ranging from employee rights to bankruptcy affairs.  Michael’s practice focuses solely on civil representation and arbitration.  He pursues affirmative cases against employers on behalf of employees who suffered discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, or wrongful termination. He also represents investors who have suffered losses due to broker fraud in FINRA arbitration.  Michael is an active member of several professional and non-profit organizations, including the San Francisco Bar Association, the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Born in Redwood City, and raised in South San Francisco, Michael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.  Michael graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2016.  He was admitted to the California State Bar in that same year.  While at Hastings, Michael was selected to participate in the Community Economic Development Clinic where he advised San Francisco community groups on several local legal matters.  Michael also participated in the Government and Public Policy concentration, drafting a highly regarded research paper advising a local nonprofit with multiple cutting edge legal issues.

During law school, Michael clerked at a Bay Area-based multinational solar energy services company. He also clerked for the National Housing Law Project, and a small civil litigation firm.

After being admitted to practice law, Michael practiced civil litigation and represented clients throughout Northern California.  He successfully settled numerous cases and participated in trials.

Michael resides in San Francisco and enjoys biking, running, music, and reading.  He is a zealous Warriors fan.

Battling Large,
Powerful Defendants

Astanehe Law never backs down.  Astanehe Law successfully litigates against numerous powerful corporations.  Mr. Astanehe has recovered millions of dollars on his clients’ behalf. The firm has litigated cases and disputes against a number of top companies & organizations, including:


Michael operates the website, where he apprises readers of the latest changes to local and state laws affecting ban the box laws and ordinances.

Court Admissions
•United States District Court for the Northern District of California
•United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California
•J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2016
•B.A., Political Science, San Francisco State University, 2013
•A.A., Pacific Asian Studies, San Francisco State University, 2013


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