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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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  • Divorce, Business Law, Criminal Law...
  • California, DC, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
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"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."
- Client Testimonial

Attorney Shahrestani offers intense, intelligent, and attentive legal representation to individual and business clients in high-stakes, high conflict, and time sensitive litigation, negotiation, and transactional matters.

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Farsi.

Over a dozen professional awards (Top 100 Trial Lawyers, SuperLawyers, Premier 100, 10 Best Family & Criminal Defense...), dozens of outstanding client testimonials, and dozens of publications, including articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, and television interviews on Fox and ABC TV News.

DIVORCE & CUSTODY
> High Conflict Divorce, Child Custody & Visitation, Restraining Orders, Abduction, Parental Alienation, Collaborative Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support.

EDUCATION LAW
> Academic Discipline, Plagiarism, Grade Disputes, Tuition Disputes, Teacher Contracts, Bullying, School Campus Crimes, Academic Freedom, School Misconduct, School Representation, Special Education, Discrimination, Disability Violations.

BUSINESS & CONTRACTS
> Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal Compliance, Partnerships, Investments, Intellectual Property, Leases, Foreclosures, Real Estate Transactions & Litigation.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
> Felonies, Misdemeanors, Juvenile Matters, Drug Crimes, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft & Robbery, White Collar, Appeals, Police Brutality, Civil Rights.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    For Initial Consultations Only.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
DC
Massachusetts
New York
Washington
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
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Persian: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
- Current
Education
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.
Awards
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.
CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION CENTER, THE INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES, AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY
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"
Avvo
Rated "Superb"
Avvo
Membership
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Award for Academic Excellence
Bernard Witkin Award
Excellence for the Future Award
CALI
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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Publications
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.
www.aliesq.com
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, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlG09TmVvk0
KGO-TV Channel 7 ABC Interview of Ali Shahrestani on June 9, 2014 re: O'Bannon v. NCAA Trial, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkDhYcCil0o
Certifications
Certified Parenting Coordinator for High Conflict Child Custody Disputes
Northern California Mediation Center
Websites & Blogs
Website
www.AliEsq.com
Legal Answers
6552 Questions Answered

Q. How does my husband go about getting a pro bono appeals lawyer?
A: You can search the internet or contact the NYC Bar Assoc for referrals to legal aid organizations and criminal justice innocence projects that offer criminal defense appeals work. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. We need to set up an LLC for our business. What type of lawyer do we use for that? What is the average cost to do so?
A: A business lawyer such as myself handles such issues as business formation, but it's key to also consider having a lawyer draft crucial contracts that you may need in dealing with employees and other 3rd parties, review your business for compliance with related laws, consider Intellectual Property issues, draft Partnership agreements, and offer some litigation prevention strategies. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. I filed for contempt on my daughters’ father for non payment oc child support. What will happen at this hearing?
A: Are you represented by counsel? That's a good idea to be. Nobody can offer you predictions, but you and the opposing party will be asked to plead your case and submit evidence re: contempt. Intention is also a key element, be forewarned. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. You dream it, we build it Can I use this for my construction company as a slogan?
A: Assuming you don't violate any Intellectual Property rights if others have copyrighted this phrase, and assuming you don't falsely advertise your services and note clearly in contracts and on your website that this slogan is not a literal promise, it might be a useful slogan. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. Signed contract is dated a year out 11/19 for an agreement today 1/19. Is it valid? Or may we cancel with no violations?
A: If she is not performing the duties under the contract, that might qualify as breach of contract. It's key to have a lawyer review the contract. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. I want to drop charges against my husband not produced the case for penal code 591.5 I think. I was so upset.
A: The DA's office decides whether to bring or drop charges. If you're a material witness, you might be subpoenaed by the DA to participate in the trial. You can contact the DA's office to discuss your options, preferably via counsel. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. How restrictive is non-solicitation contract language as a marketing professional moving from full-time to independent?
A: Employees cannot violate the Intellectual Property rights of the company, including using any company client lists in their own professional pursuits. As for limitations on the non-compete clause, that depends on the facts, e.g., when it was signed, consideration received in exchange, time/ geography limits, and other factors. See: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-noncompetition-agreements. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. My tuition remission was revoked when my dad was suddenly laid off. Without it, I will drop out of school. What can I do
A: Perhaps your father might have a basis for an employment law complaint, but that really depends on the facts leading to his termination. Also it would be useful to know when your remission was cut off - mid year or after the full year, as well as the contractual terms of the remission benefits. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Q. Does an employer have a right to terminated your employer due to unsatisfactory work performance and gender?
A: It's illegal to discriminate based on gender, but I'm not sure I hear evidence relating to that in your question. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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