Michael Yaghi


Michael Yaghi is a partner in the firm’s State Attorneys General practice, a nationwide team that advises clients on consumer protection enforcement matters and other regulatory issues. He is also a partner in the firm’s Advertising and Media group. Based in the firm’s Orange County office, Michael represents high-profile clients in regulatory enforcement investigations. Having begun his career as a commercial litigator, he also supports clients throughout litigation, should an investigation move in that direction.

Mike works with companies facing regulatory enforcement cases brought by State Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These enforcement actions typically involve federal and state regulators inquiring about a client’s advertising campaigns, promotional materials, marketing and sales practices, marketing through emerging media including social networks and blogs, telemarketing campaigns, email marketing, and other regulatory issues affecting consumer marketing and sales. Throughout an investigation, Mike keeps clients informed of likely developments and outcomes, assists with developing appropriate strategies, and approaches all cases with the goal of steering pending investigations toward a favorable resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully helped several clients settle a multistate regulatory inquiry by 47 states and the District of Columbia. These clients run discount clubs and membership programs offering a variety of services such as credit monitoring, roadside assistance, and discounted travel. These jurisdictions alleged that consumers were misled into signing up and paying for various services.
  • Assisted an American broadcasting company in an inquiry by 47 states relating to the company’s advertising, auto-renewal subscriptions, and similar customer service issues.
  • Assisted many clients with resolving single-state consumer regulatory inquiries.
  • Assisted a for-profit university with resolving an investigation brought by the CFPB.
  • Assisted clients with resolving investigations brought by the FTC inquiring about advertising campaigns and sales disclosures to consumers.
  • Helped banks respond to FTC Civil Investigative Demands targeting bank customers.


Admitted to practice: California; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California

Speeches & Presentations

  • "State Attorney's General Update: Trends and Areas of Interest for Consumer Products Retailers," Retail Industry Leaders Association Consumer Products Committee Virtual Meeting (October 5 - 6, 2021). Speakers: Toni Michelle Jackson and Michael Yaghi.
  • "Pricing Items in an Anti-Price Gouging World," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 2, 2020). Presenters: Clayton S. Friedman, Holly A. Melton, Natalie O. Ludaway, and Michael Yaghi.


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Firm News & Announcements

January 16, 2020 Crowell & Moring Launches AG Practice with Addition of Clayton Friedman and Michael Yaghi