MARK AMELI - 1996/ Acting 2013:

Mark K. Ameli, Esq. is a mediator and an arbitrator who has been a practicing attorney since 1980.  His law firm specializes in handling cases in Business and corporate transactions and litigation, personal injuries as a result of defective products, vehicular collisions, slip and fall and industrial accidents. Mark’s mediation practice includes all cases relating to Business, Personal Injury, and Employment with special emphasis on cross cultural mediation. Mr. Ameli has involved as an attorney for a party, an arbitrator or a mediator in thousands of cases.


ABBAS HADJIAN -- 2012-13:

Abbas Hadjian, principal, Law Offices of Abbas Hadjian, Sherman Oaks, California (1988). Certified Family Law Specialist,  State Bar of California (2010). 



For over 15 years, Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson has been a dedicated immigration and workers’ compensation attorney and advocate. Ms. Jacobson is a distinguished Professor of Law at West Los Angeles College. For several years, she has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of its Super Lawyers Rising Stars.


VISHTA FARAHANI – 2008 / 2010




PATRICK ASHOURI --2004/ 2006:

P. Patrick Ashouri was admitted to practice law in California in 1992. His firm practices Real Estate, Business, Family Law, Bankruptcy and litigation. His work has been published. He was a volunteer arbitrator and mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1994-1997 and has served as a volunteer judge-pro-tem since 1997.  Mr. Ashouri has continuously served on IALA board since 2002 and was IALA’s president in 2004 and 2006.  Mr. Ashouri also served as a trustee of Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2006-2013 and continues to serve on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Election Evaluation Committee. He was a speaker at the SBC Bar Leader's Conference in 2005 and 2009.



Since 1999, Michael Payman Kade has represented 1000s of clients in matters of Criminal Defense (from attempted murder to DUI) & Civil Litigation (against banks, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and other giants). Michael has filed and argued successfully before the Courts of Appeal. He has appeared on ABC & NBC and has written many articles.





Kayhan Shakib has been practicing law since 1987, owning and managing his own law firm. Presently, he focuses on his own real estate businesses. 



As a senior partner with Sepassi & Tarighati, LLP, Steve Sepassi concentrates in the areas of insurance defense of general liability cases, plaintiff personal injury, and mediation.



Rafik Ayvazi concentrates his practice in Construction, Real Estate, Business, Construction Risk Management, Litigation Prevention, Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation, Wage and Hour defense, Consulting. Since 1984 Rafik has been a Licensed General Contractor, and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Rafik also holds the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation. 


JAMES K. SADIGH -- 1999:

James Sadigh is licensed to practice law in every court in California, is a member of the U.S. Tax Court, and is licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Currently, James has narrowed his focus and deals mostly with personal injury, insurance claims and wrongful termination cases.

James has served as an attorney for the plaintiff as well as for the defense. He has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation and has  served as a Judge Pro Tem. 





Zohreh Mizrahi, a senior Partner with Manesh & Mizrahi, A Professional Law Corporation, with concentration on Immigration matters.


STEVE ZAND -- 1994-95:

Steve Zand is a Certified family Law Specialist and a full-time Professor of Law at University of West Los Angeles, College of Law.

He was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department, Police Commission, as the Chairperson of the Permit Review Panel in 2001, and served until 2006. He currently serves as a reserve Captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

Recipient of the Justice Bernard Jefferson Award of Excellence. Commendations from the Governor, Board of Supervisors, Mayor of Los Angeles, and Speaker of the California State Assembly. He was selected as a Super Lawyer for 2014. 

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