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
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
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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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