IABA OC Board of Directors (2014-2015)

Mory Ahmadi				  Chapter President
Shar (Shahryar) Bahmani             MCLE Director
Atoosa Vakili	                	  Pro Bono/Community Outreach Director
Bahram Mahdavi                          Communications Director
Mona Amini                 	          Membership Director
Sara Naheedy                              Treasurer/Fundraising Director
Ava Badiee                            	  Student Director
Gouya Ranekouhi		  	  Chapter Representative to National Board

Mory Ahmadi
Chapter President

Morvarid “Mory” Ahmadi graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Psychology in 2002. She received her J.D. in 2006 from Chapman University’s Dale E. Flower School of Law. While at Chapman, Ms. Ahmadi authored several articles in the Chapman Law Magazine and was a founding member of the Iranian Law Students’ Association. After working for the Law Offices of Nicole Newmen for several years, she formed the Law Offices of Mory Ahmadi in 2010. With offices in both Los Angeles and Orange County, Ms. Ahmadi’s practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury cases. Ms. Ahamdi’s passion lies in working closely with criminal defendants in order to reduce their recidivism rate.

Shar (Shahryar) Bahmani
MCLE Director

Shar Bahmani represents and advises employers in a variety of areas, including employment discrimination and harassment claims, claims of wrongful termination in violation of public policy, wage and hour litigation, employment contract disputes, employee entitlements under FMLA and other medical leave provisions, and disability accommodation issues. Additionally, Shar advises and counsels employers on how to remain compliant with employment rules and regulations. Shar has a significant background in business and finance and is committed to helping clients achieve practical and cost effective solutions to complex issues. Before joining Walraven & Westerfeld LLP, Shar’s practice included litigation and representation involving complex business litigation, mortgage banking, loan servicing, foreclosure litigation, trustee defense, and general real estate matters.

Atoosa Vakili
Community Outreach/Pro Bono Director

Attorney, Atoosa Vakili is a 1989 graduate of Law from the University of San Diego, School of Law, San Diego, California. In 1989, Ms. Vakili was admitted to the Bar of the State of California and to the Federal District of California, 9th Circuit.  She began her law practice with the firm of Backes, Friesen and Wolf in San Diego, practicing in the area of civil litigation. In 1991, she moved to the partnership of Solomon & Vakili, where she engaged in civil and transactional practice of law, including business, corporate, bankruptcy, immigration and general civil litigation practice.  In 1994, she started the law firm, Law Offices of Atoosa Vakili, limited to immigration, bankruptcy, business and real estate transactions. In 2009, after a sabbatical, she moved the practice to Laguna Niguel, California and founded US Immigration Legal Services. US Immigration Legal Services now concentrates on Immigration & Naturalization Law and related matters.

Bahram Mahdavi
Communications Director

Bahram is an attorney at Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette and Blythe. Prior to joining the Company he worked at Peterson Law Group, PC, a real estate litigation firm specializing in eminent domain in Irvine. Mr. Mahdavi earned his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003. And he earned his J.D., with a Certificate in Intellectual Property, from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa in 2009. During that time he performed research on applicants applying to the Orange County Innocence Project for the Orange County District Attorney Office’s DNA Unit. He spends his spare time taking advantage of Southern California playing tennis and, when weather permits, skiing and snowboarding. He also gives back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

Mona Amini
Membership Director

Mona Amini launched establishment of the IABA’s Orange County Chapter and served on the Board of Directors as Student Director throughout law school.  In addition, she served as Membership Director from 2011-2012 and Communications Director 2012-2013. Subsequently, she served on the Board of Directors for the IABA Foundation.

Ms. Amini earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She attended Whittier Law School as an Admissions Merit Scholarship Recipient and received her J.D. with a Concentration in Business Law.

During law school, Ms. Amini volunteered at Legal Aid Society of Orange County and worked as a legal extern at Kazerouni Law Group, APC. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge William M. Monroe.

Ms. Amini joined Kazerouni Law Group, APC in 2014 as an Associate Attorney for the firm’s Riverside office.  She is fluent in Farsi and proficient in Spanish.
Licensed to Practice in:
All California State Courts
California Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Central District
United States District Court for the Southern District

Member of Orange County Bar Association
Member of Riverside County Bar Association
Member of San Bernardino County Bar Association
Member of Iranian American Bar Association – O.C. Chapter
Member of Consumer Attorneys of California
Member of National Association of Consumer Advocates

Sara Naheedy
Treasurer/Fundraising Director

As the daughter of two immigrant parents, Sara has tremendous respect for all immigrants. She understands the challenges and complexities that immigrants face within the system in the United States. While studying law at Chapman University School of Law, she was involved with the Immigration Law Society, and served as President in her final year.

In addition to practicing law, Sara is licensed in California as a real estate broker and enjoys all aspects of real estate law. From simple landlord-tenant matters, to dealing with HOA boards and loan modifications, Sara has a plethora of knowledge and experience when it comes to California real estate matters.

Ava Badiee
Student Director

Ava is a second year law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She was born in Iran and moved to the United States at the age of 2. She received her bachelors in English Literature and minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was also involved with Habitat for Humanity. During law school, she became involved with the American Constitution Society, the Business Law Society, and the Iranian Refugee Assistance Program. She was also a Judicial Extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Gouya Ranekouhi
Chapter Representative to National Board

Gouya Askari Ranekouhi was born in Torrance, California and grew up in Southern Orange County. She attended the University of California at Irvine, where she majored in Criminology, Law and Society and minored in French, graduating in 2009.  Immediately thereafter, she attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA, receiving her J.D. degree in April of 2012.  In addition, she studied International Law in Santiago de Chile at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America.  While at California Western School of Law, Ms. Ranekouhi served as the Middle Eastern Law Student Association’s President for two years.  She  has also been serving the IABA SD Chapter for the past three years, formerly holding the Law School Liaison and Student Director positions in helping the IABA SD’s Chapter raise scholarship funds for deserving law students and organize networking events for law students.  While in law school, Ms. Ranekouhi was a law clerk at the Chula Vista City Attorney’s Office (Civil Division) and also has experience interning in the areas of Estate Planning, immigration law, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice. Ms. Ranekouhi became a member of the California Bar in December of 2012.  Ms. Ranekouhi is fluent in Farsi and French and proficient Spanish.

Prior IABA OC Board Representatives



Mani Dabiri				Chapter President
Bahram Mahdavi				Communications Director
Shar (Shahryar) Bahmani			Community Outreach/Pro Bono Director
Mory Ahmadi             		MCLE Director
Bahareh Habibi                          Treasurer/Fundraising Director
Payam Michael Purqurian                 Membership Director
Rachel Khalili				Student Director
Gouya Ranekouhi         		Chapter Representative to National Board



Mani Dabiri				Chapter President
Mona Amini				Communications Director
Negar Azarfar				Community Outreach/Pro Bono Director
Payam Michael Purqurian		MCLE Director
Gouya Ranekouhi                       Treasurer/Fundraising Director
Hengameh Safaei                       Membership Director
Nima Kamali				Student Director
Dawn Sepideh Mortazavi		Chapter Representative to National Board


Panteha Abdollahi			President
Sherin Larajani				Community Outreach/Pro Bono Coordinator
Hengameh Safaei			Fundraising Coordinator
Mona Amini				Memberhip Outreach Coordinator
Mani Dabiri				MCLE Coordinator
Payam Michael Purqurian		MCLE Coordinator
Nima Kamali				Student Director
Dawn Sepideh Mortazavi		Chapter Representative to National Board


Abbas Kazerounian			President
Dawn Sepideh Mortazavi		Fundraising Coordinator
Rana Ziaee				MCLE Coordinator
Morvarid Nasri				Membership/Community Outreach Coordinator
Mona Amini				Student Director
Panteha Abdollahi			National Representative

2009-2010 (Inaugural Board)

Abbas Kazerounian			President
Morvarid Nasri				Community Outreach Coordinator
Dawn Sepideh Mortazavi		Fundraising Coordinator
Rana Ziaee				MCLE Coordinator
Roxanne Moin				Membership Coordinator
Mona Amini & Bahareh Habibi	Student Directors
Panteha Abdollahi			National Representative