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: Expanding the federal judiciary is necessary

Eight years ago, I worked for U.S. District Court judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minnesota. My first project involved a procedural issue, in which the judge had to decide whether to grant a motion to move a case to Wisconsin. One of the most persuasive arguments for Judge Nelson was the fact that...

Vargas: Don’t expect judges to block new COVID-19 restrictions

With a surge in COVID-19 cases around the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed new restrictions on large and small gatherings, including a lockdown if local hospitals reach 85% capacity. Five Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara, have decided not to wait and imposed another lock-down already. This second round of lockdowns has, not surprisingly,...

Vargas: LGBTQ+ community’s historic gains this election                

For the past week the national headlines may have been focused on Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump and the historic implications of the election of Kamala Harris as vice president. However, a much quieter revolution was occurring as well. The 2020 election saw a record-shattering number of LGBTQ+ people running for public office around...