IABA OC Board of Directors (2015-2016)
Bahram Mahdavi Chapter President Sara Naheedy Treasurer/Fundraising Director Lila Razmara Pro Bono/Community Outreach Director Niloofar Rezvanpoor MCLE Director Pamchal Deylami Membership Director Nesa Targhibi Communications Director Nina Kani Chapter Representative to National Board
Bahram Mahdavi is an Associate Intellectual Property Counsel at Volcom. Before joining Volcom Bahram began his legal career at Peterson Law Group, PC, a real estate litigation firm specializing in eminent domain in Irvine. He later joined Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette and Blythe practicing in the area of personal injury and medical practice until November 2015. Bahram 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.
As the daughter of two immigrant parents, Sara Naheedy 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.
Lila Razmara received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society, cum laude as well as Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior, cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine in 2005.
Lila has been a dedicated member of the Andrews and Thornton team for over a decade as she began working as a law clerk before going on to attend Loyola Law School and returning every summer for a clerkship position. While attending Loyola, Lila volunteered at the Disability Rights Legal Center where she fought for justice for disadvantaged and marginalized clients who experienced discrimination. During her second year, Lila worked as an extern for Commissioner Harvey Silberman, in his Family Law court in Los Angeles. Lila graduated from Loyola in 2009, and joined Andrews and Thornton full time in 2010, where she works on all major mass tort litigations. Currently, Lila has been appointed as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the In Re: Karl Storz Power Morcellator Litigation in Los Angeles, where also Senior Managing Partner Anne Andrews has been appointed as Co-Lead Counsel. In addition to this, Lila manages a number of litigations including In Re: Actos, JCCP 4696 and In Re: Risperdal, JCCP 4775. Lila is also involved in other national litigations such as In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming, MDL 2666. Lastly, Lila is highly involved in new emerging litigations and enjoys research and development of new projects to redeem justice for consumer rights. During her spare time, Lila enjoys traveling back home to London, England where most of her family lives.
Niloofar Rezvanpoor is a contract attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s office. She works closely with District Attorneys in the insurance fraud unit to help detect the unusual pattern, tends and fraud schemes within the insurance industry. Niloofar received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2014 where she externed for the Honorable Barry Russell of the United States Bankruptcy Court and the Honorable Steven Kleifield of Los Angeles Superior Court. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. Niloofar is admitted to practice in California.
Pamchal Deylami is an associate attorney at Hughes and Hughes. Pamchal was born in Iran and moved to the United States at age 12. Pamchal attended Chapman University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Political Science as a recipient of the Provost Scholarship. During her time at Chapman, Pamchal was selected for a prestigious internship with the Congress of the United States, House of Representatives. Pamchal was also selected to present her research, “An Invitation to Constitutional Revolution? Taking Seriously Barnett’s Presumption of Liberty,” at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated Chapman University in 2007, as a recipient of the Laudie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Award. Pamchal attended Whittier College School of Law as a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. She was the president of the Iranian Law Student Association at Whittier College School of Law, a non-competing member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the recipient of CALI Awards for the highest grades in Family Law, Constitutional Law and International Business Transactions. Pamchal earned her certificate in Comparative and International Law and received her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law, cum laude, in 2012.
Nesa Targhibi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of fifteen from Tehran, Iran, and is fluent in Farsi. She obtained a Bachelors in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. After a successful career in business, Nesa pursued her dream of becoming an attorney at Chapman University School of Law where she was offered a merit scholarship. She earned her Juris Doctor degree with an emphasis in tax law in 2013. In law school, Nesa worked as a research assistant to Professor Marissa Cianciarulo and a law clerk at the Law Offices of Sally Amirghahari. As a law clerk, Nesa gained practical experience in handling a variety of estate planning, immigration, and corporate governance matters. Nesa is currently one of Holborn Law’s co-founders and its acting president. At Holborn Law, Nesa directs the estate planning and immigration departments.
Nina Kani is the principle and founder of Kani Law Group. Nina’s labor and employment experience spans two decades across a wide variety of industries, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Nina’s practice focuses on advice and counseling on all aspects of labor and employment law, human resources management, and defense of labor and employment litigation. Nina graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, cum laude. She earned two undergraduate degrees (Political Science; International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies) from the University of California, Irvine, summa cum laude. Nina has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Howard A. Matz, Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California, as well as several United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to opening Kani Law Group, Nina was a labor and employment attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco. Nina has published articles for the San Francisco Recorder and has regularly contributed to industry magazines regarding labor and employment matters. Nina has also been named a Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine in Labor and Employment Law for solo and small firm practice. Selection is based on peer nomination and research process designed to select the highest rated attorneys.
Prior IABA OC Board Representatives
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
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