WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
Pro Bono Honors
Carl W. Tobias Excellence in Writing
Public Interest Fellowship
Nevada Law Journal
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Partners in Pro Bono Program
Community Service Committee
Educational Surrogate Parent Program
Upward Bound Mock Trial Program
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Criminology & Psychology
Nevada State Bar
United States District Court
Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice
American Bar Association
Iranian American Bar Association
Top 100 Lawyers, MYVEGAS Magazine
Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
Most Magnificent Men, Real Vegas Magazine
Rethinking the Nevada Campus Protection Act: Future Challenges & Reaching a Legislative Compromise, 15 Nev. L.J. 389 (2015).
Five Things You Should Know About Starting Your Own Law Firm, Communiqué, The Official Publication of the Clark County Bar Association (January 2019).
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Why do you primarily practice criminal law?
I attended law school to become a Judge Advocate General for the United States Marine Corps. I started my application for Officer Candidates School but was forced to withdraw after I tore a muscle in my shoulder. While unable to serve, I joined the Clark County Public Defender as a law clerk the following summer and developed a new mission: protecting those accused of a crime. I spent the next two years defending those accused of a crime, including children, and lobbying for criminal justice reform in the Nevada Legislature. After my judicial clerkship with the Honorable Michael P. Villani and managing thousands of civil and criminal cases, it felt natural to then practice criminal defense and protect the Constitution. I have slowly developed experience in government affairs, public policy, and victim advocacy. As an advocate for victims of crime, I am now advocating alongside my wife, Maryam, for additional persons who have suffered a devastating injury or loss.
Why practice in Nevada?
After completing my degrees in Psychology and Criminology at the Ohio State University, I traveled throughout the United States to develop my love of photography (pun intended). During my travels, I always enjoyed my trips to Las Vegas, the transient and colorful community, and the abundance of state and national parks. Many visits later, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas became my first choice for law school. I was fortunate to receive an academic scholarship and the following year, I settled into Las Vegas to attend a young law school with a brilliant faculty and great resources in the local community. Nevada quickly became my home and I cannot imagine practicing elsewhere.
What does the attorney-client relationship mean to you?
As an attorney, my job as an advocate is to explore equitable and legal arguments to benefit my clients; to anticipate counter arguments and fight for the very best resolution in every case. However, I also take my role as a counselor very seriously. On day one, I immediately begin educating clients about their various rights and the possible outcomes for their matter. I waste no time and like to establish realistic expectations. Most clients feel overwhelmed after an arrest, injury, loss, or family trauma, so I use my experience inside and outside the courtroom to dispel the uncertainty of what may occur and how a case may unfold. I take my role as both an advocate and counselor very seriously.
What makes you different from other attorneys?
From the initial consultation to the conclusion of a case, I invest the time, attention, and care to achieve the best possible results for each client. I take a personal investment in the outcome of each case and the satisfaction of each client. I rarely pass a case to an outside, contract, or junior attorney. The most frequent complaint by clients about their attorneys is poor communication, which is why my clients have my personal cell phone at their disposal day and night. I respond personally to client communications and answer phone calls on a first name basis. After a court appearance, if the client's presence was not required, I do my best to personally call, text, or email each client any updates. I seek to resolve my cases in a timely fashion, although if circumstances prolong a favorable result, I settle in for the long haul and refuse to let a case languish.
What is your favorite type of case?
As a criminal defense attorney, battery domestic violence. As an attorney for one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State of Nevada, I handled nearly seventy-five percent of all battery domestic violence cases at the firm. These cases were difficult to negotiate due to the prosecuting attorney's statutory inability to dismiss an allegation of domestic violence under most circumstances. I noticed that many attorneys did not invest the time, attention, and care to negotiate a favorable result pretrial. I also noticed that the police often conducted a hurried or incomplete investigation, which frequently left me representing the wrong person in my professional opinion. Simply put, the evidentiary standard to make an arrest is different than the standard required at trial. With emotions high, the wrong person accused, or an incomplete investigation, I took the representation of battery domestic violence cases very seriously. I sought to provide the absolute best defense for these clients and obtain the most favorable outcome. After now resolving hundreds of battery domestic violence cases, they remain my favorite due to the enormous collateral consequences that my clients and I must navigate together.
Is there one case you will always remember?
As a Student-Attorney for the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, I represented a young girl in Juvenile Court accused of battery domestic violence. While a simple case on paper, trouble at school and home were the true source of her delinquency. Working with various therapists in Clark County, I obtained individual and family therapy for her and developed an Individual Educational Program to address her academic shortcomings. This case will always remind me of the individualized, client-focused, and holistic approach I take with all cases to ensure that my criminal defense clients do not reoffend. All joking aside, I do not hope for "repeat business" as a criminal defense attorney. It happens, I know. However, I fight for my clients to have an opportunity at long-term success so that they can avoid future entanglements with the law.
How do you prepare for a difficult case?
If I suspect that a case may go the distance, I work with my client to prepare for trial on day one. As a criminal defense attorney, I immerse myself in the discovery and then sit down with my client to investigate every angle to advocate for a possible resolution, exploring both equitable and legal arguments. I personally meet with all witnesses, known and unknown to the prosecuting attorney, and prepare my client for direct examination and to withstand cross-examination by the prosecuting attorney.
What advice do you frequently give your clients?
Relax. It is understandable to be stressed or anxious after an arrest, injury, or loss. I am available day or night to talk about your concerns and will do my best to achieve a favorable result for you.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The satisfaction of my client. A mentor of mine during law school stated that people attend law school for one of three reasons: (1) the money, (2) the knowledge, or (3) the client. For me, this job is about the client. This job is about service. It's about the handshake. The hug. The sigh of relief. It's knowing that there is nothing more I could do to earn my client’s trust and respect. I love my job.