Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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  • Divorce, Business Law, Criminal Law...
  • California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
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"Mr. Shahrestani demonstrates a high level of expertise, and knowledge. His cost is reasonable and I have found him to be an extraordinary advocate for those in need of his services. You will not find better representation….as he is the best.”
– Divorce Client

“Thank you for your honesty and for your true love for your profession. There are too few of you out there who do this type of work because you want to help.”
– Divorce Client

“Time to celebrate! Once again, thank you very much for everything. None of this would have been possible without your help! Thank you so much for your words or encouragement. It really means a lot to me.”
– Education Law Client

“Thank you, Ali, for the excellent quality of legal representation that you provide my company every week. As a startup, we are blessed to have a General Counsel attorney like you – your sharp work, lightning speed, intelligent strategizing, and affordable rates give us the edge we need to beat the big boys!”
– Business Client

“You are a real bad ass lawyer. I feel sorry for the opposing parties.”
– Business Client

“Ali, wow. You have done more in 24-48 hours than I could ever imagine possible. I’m actually speechless."
– Real Estate Client

"Ali has the experience, knowledge, and determination one should want and demand in an attorney. Reading the E-mails/ letters he has been writing on our behalf is like watching a 100 yard kick-off return by an athlete on steroids but you don’t care because he’s on your team. We aren’t out of the woods yet but we have total and complete confidence that we will prevail. ‘We are high-stepping on the 10’ . . .”
– Real Estate Client

“My son is home and he is enrolled in college and doing very well. We still thank you for all of your help from the bottom of our hearts.”
– Criminal Defense Client

“This man is a great lawyer and devotes himself full-heartedly."
– Federal Criminal Defense Client

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.
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.
Professional Experience
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Articles & Publications
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
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
Precedented: Mr. Trump Fits Perfectly into US History of Elitism, Nepotism, and Corruption.
Resisting Brother Trump is Futile
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
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
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
Keep Your Word: A Contract is a Contract
Identity Theft and Your Business’s Liability to Your Clients’ Safety
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
Renter Beware! Northern California Renter’s Rights in the Face of Real Estate Fraud and Investment Fraud
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
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
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
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
Alameda County Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association
California Lawyers for the Arts
National Lawyers Guild
Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, San Francisco, CA, 2008
Iranian-American Bar Association
American Bar Association
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
9th Circuit
US District Court Central District of CA
US District Court Eastern District of CA
US District Court Eastern District of NY
US District Court Northern District of CA
US District Court Southern District of CA
US District Court Southern District of NY
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Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Persian: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
Los Angeles. By Appointment Only.
555 West Fifth Street
31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
New York City. By Appointment Only.
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 704
New York, NY 10001
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Seattle. By Appointment Only.
1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
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
Boston. By Appointment Only.
100 Cambridge Street
14th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Toll-Free: (800) 510-3916
Silicon Valley. By Appointment Only.
177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
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