Michael Vargas

Attorney, Rimon Law


LGBTQ Rights and Legal Affairs Columnist

Michael Vargas is an attorney at Rimon P.C. and a lecturer in law at the Santa Clara University Law School. Michael has a broad legal practice that mixes expertise in technology startups, securities and M&A work, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, and cannabis companies. At Santa Clara University, Michael teaches courses in business law and startups. Michael is also a prolific author, having published a number of legal papers and articles on topics in business law, employment law and LGBTQ rights.

Outside of work, Michael sits on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area Municipal Election Committee (BAYMEC). Michael is also a former board member of the New Leaders Council Silicon Valley and the American Constitution Society Bay Area Chapter.

In 2018, Michael was elected to the Santa Clara County Democratic Party’s (SCCDP) Central Committee representing Assembly District 25. In 2019, Michael was appointed to the SCCDP executive board, serving as Issues Director, and then to the California Democratic Party statewide Central Committee.

Michael graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008 with a Bachelors in Political Science. Michael received his Masters in Higher Education Administration from USC in 2010, and then his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

Michael’s expertise and interest areas include: LGBTQ rights, legal developments, economics, business and labor issues, higher education, housing policy, civil rights and local politics.

Vargas: Mountain View’s RV ban should be repealed

The Great Recession hit my parents hard. In 2009, my parents’ mortgage was underwater, despite their having lived in their house in Minnesota for nearly a decade. Their only choice was to walk away, so they decided to move back to the Bay Area, where they had both gone to graduate school. They were lucky...

Vargas: The attack on Katie Hill is a gay-bashing

The saga of Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation provides a stark illustration of how LGBTQ continue to be victimized in public life. On Oct. 18, Red State, a trashy, right wing blog with the journalistic integrity no better than 4Chan, published a trove of revenge porn provided by Hill’s abusive soon-to-be ex-husband. If you expected a...

Vargas: Why you should care about Aimee Stephens

Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director and embalmer at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan from 2008 to 2013. By all accounts, she was a model employee, friendly and respectful to clients, and never disciplined by the owner. In 2013, Aimee, who was presenting as a man at the time, informed the...

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