HAJIR ARDEBILI, PRESIDENT:

 Hajir Ardebili represents clients in business, entertainment, and intellectual property  lawsuits. Whether defending an idea submission claim, protecting a client's copyright  or trademark, or handling a pro-bono matter, Mr. Ardebili cherishes his role as the  client's trusted advocate on the litigation battlefront. For Hajir, there is nothing more  satisfying  than successfully representing his clients in his profession's ultimate arena:  the courtroom at trial. In his view, to connect with jurors in a closing argument or in       cross-examining a witness is the pinnacle of being a litigator. Reaching that pinnacle                                 is what motivates him in his work every day.

  HIRAD DADGOSTAR, PRESIDENT ELECT:

 Hirad Dadgostar represents individuals in personal injury actions, employees in class  action cases involving labor code wage and hour violations, and small-to-medium  sized businesses in a variety of transactional and litigation matters. Before  entering private practice, Hirad had the privilege of serving as a two-term federal  judicial law clerk to a Senior United States District Judge. After the second term of  his federal judicial clerkship, Hirad joined the litigation practice of major international  law firm Jones Day in their Los Angeles office, where he represented businesses in the banking and credit reporting industries as well as media, Internet, and Fortune 500 companies.

 SAMAN BEHNAM, TREASURER:

 Saman Behnam has a practice emphasis in civil, and real estate litigation including  but not limited to contract disputes, employment based litigation, wage hour,  wrongful termination, purchase/sale disputes, quiet title actions, partition actions,  easements, encroachments, cancellation of deed and security instrument, and real  estate fraud. Mr. Behnam has extensive experience in all aspects of family law and  serves as a volunteer mediator at the George Dukmejian courthouse in the city of  Long Beach, where he offers services as a mediator to self represented litigants in  all aspect of family law including but not limited to child custody, visitation and  support. Mr. Behnam has extensive experience in all aspects of bankruptcy practice  related to Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and debtor/creditor litigation affecting the practice  area.

Mr. Behnam serves as a volunteer attorney at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Edward Roybal building in downtown Los Angeles where he offers his services as a volunteer counsel to indigent and self represented debtors seeking legal assistance with their bankruptcy matter.

 ASHKAN MOHAMADI, SECRETARY:

Ashkahn Mohamadi is an associate at the nationally recognized firm, Girardi Keese. His areas of focus include personal injury, products liability, mass torts, employment, and commercial litigation. Ashkahn graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2011 with a BA in history, focusing on Medieval Europe. Ashkahn went on to graduate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2014. While at Loyola, Ashkahn participated in many on-campus activities, including acting as president of the Iranian Law Student Association and completing the Hobbs Program. This will be Ashkahn's first year as a member of IALA, and he looks forward to contributing as a board member.


  KATA KIM, DIRECTOR:

 Kata Kim is a corporate health care law attorney who counsels businesses, hospitals,  health plans, physician organizations, ancillary service providers and other health care  entities on business law, regulatory, transactional and operational issues. Ms. Kim  joined the IALA board of directors in 2013 and is on the board of directors of the  Ventura County Bar Association, the Ventura County Judicial Evaluations Committee;  and is a member of the local Inns of Court. Ms. Kim comes from a multicultural       background and speaks fluent Farsi.

 HOOMAN KAZEMI, DIRECTOR:

Hooman Kazemi serves as a Felony Trial Deputy with the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender, where he handles felony cases with sentencing exposure ranging to lifetime imprisonment. He has tried over 60 cases to judges and juries, with exceptional results. In addition to his work at the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Kazemi is the Assistant Director of the U.S.C. Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program, where he instructs undergraduate students on the theory and practice of  trial advocacy.

Mr. Kazemi is a graduate of U.S.C. and Loyola Law School, graduating with honors in trial advocacy. At Loyola he completed the Williams Civil Rights Litigation Clinic and competed as a member of the nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team.


 ZAHER FALLAHI, DIRECTOR

Zaher Fallahi, Attorney At Law, CPA, is a Tax Law Firm with extensive experience in tax law and controversies; from return preparation through the appeals. Zaher Fallahi has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Master of Science degree in Accounting & Taxation, and Master of Business Administration (MBA). He has earned his JD degree and is a member of the California Bar Association. Before establishing the firm, Mr. Fallahi worked in private industry, prominent professional firms and in a major government agency. He has closely associated with other tax and estate planning attorneys since 1992. The services include the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (FBAR), Foreign Account Tax      Compliance Act (FATCA), Tax Audit Representation, Federal Tax Liens/Levies,    Employment Taxes, Innocent Spouse Relief, Non-Filed Tax Returns, Offer-In-    Compromise (OIC), Tax & Legal Implication of BusinessFormation and Estate    Planning. 

   Zaher advises clients with respect to the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets    Control (OFAC) Regulations concerning Iran. He assists clients in the sale of    property in Iran and transfer of the related funds to the US in conformity with the    US laws. Zaher has a radio talk show in Los Angeles where he talks about tax laws    and OFAC regulations and takes calls from the public on these matters. As a    certified Public Accountant since 1983, Zaher testifies before the court as an    expert witness on tax and accounting matters. He also advises the litigation    attorneys on drafting tax-advantageous settlement agreements within the    provisions of the Internal Revenue Code Section 104; tax-exempt awards, assists    the winning parties with taxability of the settlement & awards, and the losing    parties with tax deductibility of the judgment and legal fees. He has offices in Los    Angeles and Orange County.

ARASH HASHEMI, DIRECTOR

Arash attended university of La Verne, College of Law. He was admitted to the in California bar in 2002. The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi focuses on Criminal Defense, Litigation, and White Collar Defense. 

 KAVEH KESHMIRI, DIRECTOR:

 Kaveh Keshmiri is an Iranian-American attorney. Since immigrating here as a  child, Kaveh grew up in Los Angeles, attending local schools until moving onto UC-  San Diego to gain an honors degree in Political Science. Kaveh then went on to  gain his JD from Loyola law school in 2012. He has been practicing law in various  civil, probate, and public interest law fields. When not practicing law, Kaveh  enjoys art, travel, and spending time with friends and family. 

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