Iranian American Bar Assocation Board

Fara Tabatabai – President


Fara Tabatabai is a partner and experienced litigator at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial, products liability, securities, and employment litigation and arbitration.  She represents U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian clients in a variety of industries and has served as litigation and trial counsel in numerous high-stakes domestic and international disputes.  She has particular expertise in cross-border disputes and acted as trial counsel in the first U.S.-Canadian cross-border trial in history.  

Fara joined IABA-NY’s Board of Directors in 2012 in order to connect with other Iranian American lawyers and advance the interests of the Iranian American community as a whole.  She served as Vice President and Chair of the CLE Committee before being elected President in 2018.


Farimah Ghaffari - Vice President


Farimah Ghaffari is an associate at Goidel & Siegel, LLP, where she prosecutes demanding civil litigation matters involving serious personal injuries as well as commercial disputes.

Farimah graduated from Touro Law School, where she was on the Dean's List and from which she was a Cum Laude graduate. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Farimah graduated with honor from Taft Law School in Yazd, Iran. 

During law school, Farimah served as the president of her law school's Legal Society and as the vice-president of the Labor Law Society. She was credited as an assistant-author of the book, "Explanation of the Iranian Labor Law", principally authored by Professor Dr. Emami and published in 2008. Farimah speaks, writes and reads Farsi and Turkish fluently. 




Hon. Sabrina Kraus


Sabrina B. Kraus is currently sitting as a Civil Court Judge in the City of New York in New York County. She was elected in 2016.  Prior to that she sat as a Housing Court Judge for 10 years and before taking the bench she was in private practice for 15 years and a Partner at two different Manhattan Law Firms.  Sabrina joined the Board to Support the Iranian American Legal Community and hope to contribute to increasing exposure for our organization.


Sheila Mortazavi


Sheila Mortazavi is a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. She has over two decades of experience litigating intellectual property matter before federal district and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the International Trade Commission (ITC) and arbitration panels.

She has represented parties in patent infringement cases in a wide variety of technical areas including manufacturing processes, consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, automotive components and systems, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She has also represented clients in unfair competition and trademark matters.

Sheila’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the Iranian American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Iranian American Women Foundation and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. 


Marjan Kasra - Chair of the Mentoring Committee


Attorney Marjan Kasra is the founder and Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Marjan Kasra, LLC (“Lawmaks”) where she has been assisting clients worldwide for over a decade. Attorney Kasra obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree in 1999.   She earned her B.S. in Biology and Psychology in 1991 at the University of Connecticut, followed by a rigorous 2-year Post Baccalaureate program at Columbia University in New York City.  

Attorney Kasra is an expert in U.S. Immigration and specializes in EB-5 and E-2 Investors Visa categories.  With offices in Stamford, New York, and Dubai Attorney Kasra and her team of immigration experts specialize in customizing programs for Middle Eastern clientele and navigate them through challenging legal issues. The Law Offices of Marjan Kasra, LLC is dedicated solely to the practice of immigration law and provides a wide range of immigration services including U.S. Consular Practice in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Attorney Kasra is very proud to have jointed the IABA’s New York Chapter as a Board Member in 2018 where she is currently serving as the Treasurer. Additionally she serves as the Chairperson of the Mentoring Committee and is an active member of the Pro Bono Committee.  The main reason Attorney Kasra joined the IABA is to help mentor young lawyers, as well as the local Iranian community with their legal issues. 


Saiena Shafiezadeh

Saiena Shafiezadeh is a staff attorney at City University of New York Citizenship Now! working on immigration matters. Prior to that, she was an International Law Fellow at the American Society of International Law. During law school, she worked for the United Nations Secretariat, Honorable Judge Pamela McLean Meyerson, and Cook County Public Defender.

Saiena graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies. She graduated from The John Marshall Law School earning her Juris Doctor. Saiena was an active member of Moot Court Honor Society and Trial Advocacy teams in law school. She was also the President of International Law Society at John Marshall and served as Student Director on the IABA National Board.


Janet Nina Esagoff

Janet Nina Esagoff is the principal attorney of the Esagoff law Group, P.C., a bespoke law practice based in Great Neck, NY. She specializes in real estate litigation, landlord/tenant law, business law and other general practice matters.

Janet offers great value to her clients, in that her billing platform is primarily flat-fee. Besides being a long-standing board member of the IABA- NY Chapter, Janet’s professional affiliations include the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and Yashar, Lawyers’ and Judges’ Chapter of Hadassah. Janet is also a past president of the Great Neck library Board of Trustees, and the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce. 



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