CHANTELLE AMELI, PRESIDENT:  Chantelle Ameli, Esq. is a member of the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. She has decades of experience in the legal field. She grew up working with her father, Mark K. Ameli, at this firm and is now at the firm as an attorney specializing in sports, music, entertainment, business, sales, and personal injury matters.

 

AZADEH DADGOSTAR GILBERT, PRESIDENT ELECT:  Ms. Gilbert is a partner at Dadgostar Law LLP, where she devotes her practice to protecting the rights of those who have suffered serious injuries as a result of automobile or commercial truck accidents, dangerous property conditions, and other acts of negligence.  Ms. Gilbert also fights for the rights of employees who have been subject to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation at the hands of their employers, or those who have not been paid proper wages by employers.  Prior to her work at Dadgostar Law LLP Ms. Gilbert served as federal judicial extern to the late Hon. Earl H. Carroll at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, AZ, and then worked at a firm specializing in insurance defense litigation.

 

                                      HEDIEH FAZELI, TREASURER:

         

   

 FATEMEH BANIHASHEMI, SECRETARY:

Fatemeh Banihashemi has been working in the legal industry since 1998 and has been practicing law since 2005. Her areas of practice include personal injury, family law, and business law. For five consecutive years, from 2008 to 2012, Ms. Banihashemi has been named a "Rising Star" by California Super Lawyers magazine and recognized as one of the top young lawyers in California. She is currently working as a supervising attorney at a top personal injury law firm in Los Angeles.  


Ms. Banihashemi received her J.D. degree from Southwestern Law School, where she was selected as an Advocate for Southwestern's Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Honors program enabling her to develop outstanding trial skills. She competed in and was awarded top honors at the Stanford Law School Mock Trial competition in 2005.

Before attending Southwestern Law School, Ms. Banihashemi received her B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine, where she was on the Dean's Honor List, was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and was an Honoree at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

Ms. Banihashemi is currently on the board of the Iranian American Law Association. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California.        

 KAVEH HERAVI, DIRECTOR: 

Kaveh graduated with an Honor’s GPA from USC’s Gould School of Law, earning both a Juris Doctor as well as a Graduate Certificate in Business Law. During his second year, he competed in the Hale Moot Court Honors program and was one of only 8 USC students selected to compete on the 2015-2016 National Team. His primary areas of study were Real Estate Transactions and Land Use. In January of 2016, after receiving top grades in several courses, he was one of only two USC students recognized as a distinguished Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. During his final year, he served as the Vice-President of USC’s Real Estate Law Society and worked as Chief Editorial Assistant on George Lefcoe’s most recent course book “Real Estate Law and Business: Brokering, Buying, Selling, and Financing Realty,” receiving a publication credit for his work.  

His practice is primarily focused on construction litigation. He represents contractors, and design professionals in a broad variety of matters arising from both public and private works, including mechanic’s lien and stop notice actions, payment and performance bond claims, scope of work disputes, and prevailing wage proceedings. In addition, he has experience drafting and negotiating construction and design contracts, and providing representation in real property and business transactions.

Before entering the legal profession, he enjoyed a successful career as a Mortgage Banker and worked for some of the nation’s largest direct lenders. As a banker, he was licensed to originate loans in ten states and have extensive experience in regulatory compliance, underwriting standards, disclosure requirements, and title review. 

                                                 SHUKA RASSOULI, DIRECTOR:

 

       

 BERNADET BABASI, DIRECTOR:  In 2009, Ms. Babasi earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from California State University, Northridge. She then went on to graduate with a Juris Doctor from Southern California Institute of Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in 2017.  She is a member of the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Bar Association, Iranian American Bar Association and Assyrian American Bar Association.
Ms. Babasi provides dedicated legal representation to clients throughout the State of California. She focuses her practice on personal injury law, family law and traffic citation.



 

                                          ARMAND JAFARI, DIRECTOR

 

 SAHAR NAYERI, DIRECTOR: Sahar Nayeri currently serves on the Board of the Iranian American Lawyers Association and works as a prosecutor at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office, Sahar worked at the California Department of Justice where she represented the State's correctional system in constitutional and tort cases. Sahar obtained her B.A. degree from UCLA and her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

 

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