Abimael “AJ” Bastida

Abimael “AJ” Bastida


AJ represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases.  His clients include individuals, small businesses, and large corporate entities.  AJ takes great care with each client.

He prepares every case to be trial-ready, but also negotiates successful resolutions before trial, when appropriate.  His experience representing in support of workers’ rights has given him valuable courtroom experience throughout Silicon Valley

Before joining McManis Faulkner, AJ served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Paul S. Grewal of the U.S. District for the Northern District of California, and for the Honorable Socrates Manoukian in Santa Clara County Superior Court.  He also served as a workers’ rights clerk at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center.  AJ boxed on the amateur level during college. He is now a competitive runner.

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


    • J.D., High Tech Law Certificate, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2014
    • B.S., Santa Clara University, 2011


  • Experience

    Representative Matters

    • Secured dismissal of all charges against hard-working immigrant pulled out of vehicle at gunpoint by police, in front of her children, for committing a traffic violation.
    • Secured a $100,000 judgment against a company for violation of workers’ rights.
    • Successfully negotiated award of full medical, future treatment, and loss of wages for an injured employee.
  • Awards & Honors
    • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, (2017, 2018)
    • Microsoft/HNBA IP Law Institute National Scholar
    • Finalist, Oral Arguments, Santa Clara University Law School Honors Moot Court Competition
    • Second, Best Appellate Brief, Santa Clara University Law School Honors Moot Court Competition
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Professional & Community Contributions
    AJ is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association. In addition, he volunteers as a cook at the INNVision Shelter and serves as a mentor to students at Cristo Rey High School and Washington Elementary School.