Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Exclusive Representation for Discerning Clients Since 2007
  • Education Law, Divorce, Business Law ...
  • California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
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With a green and sustainable law practice since 2007, Mr. Ali Shahrestani is a bi-coastal litigation attorney who has been featured in print and TV news for his legal expertise, is a recipient of multiple professional awards and a graduate of top rated universities with various honors, and has donated much effort and time to public education,

Serving CA, NY, MA, DC & WA:

1) Education Law - K-12, College, Graduate, Students, Teachers, Schools
2) Divorce & Child Custody - High Conflict, LGBTQ, Father's Rights
3) Business, Contracts, & Real Estate Law - Litigation, Transactions, ADR
4) Criminal Law & White Collar Defense - Felonies, Appeals, Juveniles

"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
- Business Testimonial

"Honestly, I have tears in my eyes as I am writing this. I feel so blessed and lucky to have found you online. This case was very, very important to me since it was about my child, and I could not have asked for a better person to represent us. I felt like you cared about my son as much as I do."
- Education Testimonial

"During our court hearings I never felt intimidated by [the opposing party] or [the opposing] attorney with you by my side. You and I know they were less than truthful. But as of now having turned [this age] I am able to hopefully make the right financial choices with what you have been able to do for me. I [am] very, very, happy with the final outcome with no regrets."
- Divorce Testimonial

Brandeis University
B.A. | European Cultural Studies
Honors: Brandeis University is a top-tier university in Waltham, MA. Academic Honors: Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society member; Recipient of the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholarship; and national Harry S. Truman Scholarship Nominee.
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University of California Hastings College of the Law
J.D. (2006) | Law
Honors: Recipient of the Bernard E. Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and Recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award.
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Professional Experience
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Articles & Publications
Defund the Police: An Audit and Analysis of Police Brutality, Corruption, Inefficiency, and Waste
The Fiduciary Rule, “Regulation Best Interests”, and Suitability Standards: Trump's Rollback of Obama Investor Protections
Write Your Representative to Speak Out for Police Reform and BLM Protestors
DeVos Title IX Rules Strengthen Due Process Rights in Schools
Treason Pure and Simple: Trump and the Ukraine Call
Police Brutality's Cure Lies in National Policing Standards
A Huge Game Changer! NY Joins CA and Eliminates "Severe or Pervasive" Standard in Workplace Sexual Harassment Cases, Marking Next Level of #MeToo Movement
Know Your Rights to Prevent Police Brutality and Civil Rights Violations
"Heartbeat" Laws Take the Abortion Fight to the Next Level
20 Logical Fallacies, or How Not to Debate!
The Storm of Domestic Violence: Divorce, Child Custody, Support, and Community Property
The 2019 College Admissions Scandal, Affirmative Action, and the Politics of Education
Disarm and Destroy: School Policies Prohibiting Attorney Representation in Administrative Proceedings - and How to Fight Back!
Manslaughter-by-Phone: The Tragedy of Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy
On the Rights of the Natural Person: The Unhealthy State of the Human Animal, the Environment, and Regulation.
New York's "Blindfold Law" is the Devil's Bargain and Should be Repealed Now
Apples and Peppers: Allowing End Users as well as Developers to Sue Apple for App Prices Violates Valid Precedent
The Facebook Hearing, the ‘Tech Company’ Misnomer, and the Luddite Gap in Congress
This Time We Must Support the Brave Protesters In Iran Seeking Democracy
#BlackLivesMatter – A Movement that Should Lead to a Constitutional Amendment Creating A Direct Democracy
Anti-Father Gender Bias in Child Custody Court: A Saga of Parental Alienation, Child Abuse & CoParenting Failures.
Extensive Research: Women Initiate Domestic Violence More than Men, Men Under-report It.
Islamophobia requires our response
San Francisco Chronicle
Je ne suis pas Charlie: Hate Speech amidst “Freedom” Rhetoric
Precedented: Mr. Trump Fits Perfectly into US History of Elitism, Nepotism, and Corruption.
Resisting Brother Trump is Futile
The Corruption Report: US Political Corruption at the Local, State & Federal Levels
Of Empires and Colonies: Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States”
Will Farmers or 3rd Party Repair Shops Sue John Deere for Allegedly Contractually Prohibiting Unlicensed Tractor Repairs?
Resist Brother Trump Like It's 1984
San Francisco Chronicle
Argo's Iranophobia and the Destabilization of Iran for Oil Profits and Regional Domination
So You Want to Be a Lawyer?
The Law Lags Behind Tech, but Justice and Nature Demand Otherwise
Tort Reform, Defamation of Character, Depression in the Technology Age, and Other Modern Ethical Qualms
How Lawyers Work and Get Paid
Unwanted Refugees: Racism against Middle Eastern-Americans Requires a Public Response
The housing crisis has cost us lives now in Oakland
San Francisco Chronicle
No Housing, No Arts, No Community! – Oakland’s “Ghost Ship” Fire Born of Rental Pandemic
Be a Good Client: A Video Game Analogy on Winning Your Legal Battles
Iran Demands Entry to World Economy, and Iran Deal Is The Ticket
Lowering the Age of Consent is a Children’s Rights Issue
Read the Signs or Fall in the Ditch: Good Advice on Things To Do and Not Do
The Justice System is Broken. Why fix it when natural consequences will do a much better job?
Tort-Reform: Why Other Peoples’ Lawsuits Cost Us So Much Money & What To Do About It
What Real Democracy Looks Like: You at Your Laptop Making Stuff Happen
Why the Innocent Plead Guilty, and What We Should Do About It
Obama Universal Health Care Plan Is Unconstitutional, and Other Broken Promises of the Obama Administration
25 Brilliant Things To Do For Our Planet
Academic Plagiarism and East Asian Students: Chinese Pedagogic Traditions Conflict with USA Laws & Policies
California Sex Crime Laws in the Real World
Character is Everything
DIY Lawsuit? – Legal Protections for Small Businesses, DIY Culture, and the Maker Movement
Governing by Khutzpah: Israel and the Outdoor Prison called "Palestine"
Keep Your Word: A Contract is a Contract
Buddhism and the Practice of Law
Identity Theft and Your Business’s Liability to Your Clients’ Safety
Male Victims of Sexual Harassment Double from 1992 to 2008
Nuclear Bombs for Everyone: School Shootings, the 2nd Amendment, and School Negligence Lawsuits
Child Abductions, California Child Custody Law, and International Human Rights
Overview of California Trade Secrets Law and Trade Secrets Litigation
Overview of US Patent Litigation and US Patent Law
Peaceful Democratic Revolution in the Middle East Calls for Regime Change
Renter Beware! Northern California Renter’s Rights in the Face of Real Estate Fraud and Investment Fraud
The New Face of the Coyote: Fraudulent Use of The Violence Against Women Act and State Divorce and Custody Laws
American Tea Party Helps Republicans Win the House in 2010
BART Cop gets 2 year Sentence for Killing Oscar Grant. Michael Vick received the same sentence for killing dogs.
Business Investment Fraud on the Rise
California Prison Reform amidst Private Prison Profiteers
California Same Sex Marriage Federal Lawsuit Rumbles amidst a Backdrop of Centuries of Catholic Church and State Interference in Marriage Rights
Political Speech, Activism, and Free Speech in Grade School Lawsuits
Proposition 19 Defeated by California Voters in 2010
School Bullying Is Illegal
Sexism in Divorce Court: A Comparative Understanding of the Case of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran and Child Custody Statistics in California and the USA
Clash of Civilizations, American Jurisprudence, and Islamic Law and Policy in the Middle East
Environmental Pollution, Comparative Law, and Jurisprudence in California and India
The Debate over Mr. Hamdan: Sources of Law and The Three Branches
Speaking Engagements
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. Interview with Channel 2 Fox about California Foreclosure Auction Fraud ,
KGO-TV Channel 7 ABC Interview of Ali Shahrestani on June 9, 2014 re: O'Bannon v. NCAA Trial ,
Certified Parenting Coordinator for High Conflict Child Custody Disputes
Northern California Mediation Center
Divorce Law Award Recipient
International Advisory Experts Award
Nominated as Top 100 Attorneys in the State
Association of American Trial Lawyers
Nomination for 2018
Lawyers of Distinction
Invited to be Member: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Recognized as one of "Premier 100" Trial Attorneys of NY
The National Academy of Jurisprudence
Nominated as One of the “10 Best” Attorneys of the State of CA
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Invited Scholar to a Congress on Iceland’s Democracy to develop Iceland’s new national Constitution, 2017.
Recognized as one of "Premier 100" Trial Attorneys of CA
The National Academy of Jurisprudence
Invited to be Member: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Invited for Lifetime Charter Membership
Top American Lawyers
Membership Invitation
National League of Renowned Attorneys
Recognized as one of "Premier 100" Trial Attorneys of CA
The National Academy of Jurisprudence
Nominated to be a Lifetime Member
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Nominated as One of the “10 Best” Attorneys of the State of CA
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Selected for Membership to "The Nation's Top One Percent"
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
“Best Attorneys of America”, Invitation for Lifetime Membership
Rue Ratings
Nominated as One of the “10 Best” Attorneys of the State of CA
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Rated "Superb"
Rated "Superb"
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Award for Academic Excellence
Bernard Witkin Award
Excellence for the Future Award
Justice Louis D. Brandeis Fellowship
Brandeis University
Nominee, Brandeis University
President Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Professional Associations
New York State Bar Association
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Alameda County Bar Association
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Santa Clara County Bar Association
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California Lawyers for the Arts
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National Lawyers Guild
Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, San Francisco, CA, 2008
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Iranian-American Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
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New York
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9th Circuit
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US District Court Central District of CA
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US District Court Eastern District of CA
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US District Court Eastern District of NY
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US District Court Northern District of CA
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US District Court Southern District of CA
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US District Court Southern District of NY
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer 30 minute and 1 hour-long paid phone consultations. To set a phone consultation, please visit my website: I provide legal representation exclusively through retainer advance payments and reasonable hourly rates. I do not offer percentage contingency fee structures. For very low income clients, I offer sliding-scale rates at my discretion.
Practice Areas
  • Education Law
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Persian: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Brooklyn. By Appointment Only.
41 Flatbush Avenue
Floor 1
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Los Angeles. By Appointment Only.
11400 West Olympic Boulevard
Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Silicon Valley. By Appointment Only.
177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
San Francisco Bay Area. By Appointment Only.
One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Oakland & The East Bay. By Appointment Only.
505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
San Diego. By Appointment Only
1455 Frazee Rd.
Ste 500
San Diego, CA 92108
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Boston. By Appointment Only.
100 Cambridge Street
14th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Seattle. By Appointment Only.
1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Washington DC. By Appointment Only.
1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Ste 500
Washington, DC 20036
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916