IABA OC Board of Directors (2013-2014)
Mani Dabiri Chapter President Mory Ahmadi MCLE Director Shar (Shahryar) Bahmani Pro Bono/Community Outreach Director Bahareh Habibi Treasurer/Fundraising Director Bahram Mahdavi Communications Director Payam Michael Purqurian Membership Director Rachel Khalili Student Director Gouya Ranekouhi Chapter Representative to National Board
The Law Offices of Mani Dabiri defends individuals and businesses against regulatory inquiries, government investigations, civil actions, and criminal prosecutions. The firm delivers excellence in representation, a commitment to your cause, and the best investigators, consultants, and experts in Southern California. Prior to forming the Law Offices of Mani Dabiri, Mr. Dabiri was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and Orange County, where he conducted investigations into and prosecutions of a wide range of federal crimes. These included white-collar offenses such as mail, bank, and wire fraud; access-device fraud; identity theft; and money laundering as well as bank robberies; drug offenses; firearms charges; and immigration matters. Before serving as a federal prosecutor, he clerked for the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court in Los Angeles and litigated complex civil cases as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Shar (Shahryar) Bahmani
Community Outreach/Pro Bono 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.
Bahareh Habibi, Esq. is the sole owner and attorney at Habibi Law. The firm handles civil litigation, business law, family law, and criminal defense and has offices in Santa Ana and Irvine. She has been a licensed attorney in California since December 2010. Bahareh Habibi graduated from Whittier Law School in 2010 with a certificate in intellectual property. She also serves as Business Director at MEC Electrical Engineering in Portland, OR. The firm specializes in industrial and commercial electrical engineering and consulting. During her third year of law school, she served as Lt. Governor of Diversity for the 9th Circuit of the Student Division of the ABA for the 2009-2010 school year. She was also on the Board of the Iranian American Bar Association as Student Director for the 2009-2010 term. With a background in Chemistry from Portland State University, she also earned her degree with University Honors where they closely studied the humanities as related to science.
Bahram is an attorney at Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & 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.
Payam Michael Purqurian
Mr. Purqurian is a litigator well-versed in a wide variety of matters in all phases of civil litigation, including trials and appeals, and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining Mehr Law Group, Mr. Purqurian single-handedly prevailed in a difficult liability trial against a multimillion dollar corporation represented by one of the nation’s largest defense firms: impeached the President and CEO of defendant lumber supplier, exposed hidden bias of stealth defense expert, impeached, by omission, claims manager, earned post-trial praise from judge on cross-examination skills. Mr. Purqurian earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007.
Rachel Khalili is a second year law student at UC Irvine School of Law. She was elected to the Student Bar Association Appropriations Committee, serves as Director of Outreach of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program and is active in the International Law Society. Prior to attending law school, Rachel worked as a Legislative Aide for a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. Rachel graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with honors, and Master’s degree in National Security and Intelligence from the U.S. Naval War College. She is active in pro bono projects, including serving as a Persian language translator for low-income clients.
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 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