IABA Board

Rebecca Ahdoot: Social Chair

Ms. Ahdoot is an associate in the New York office of Clausen Miller P.C.  Rebecca focuses her work in the areas of first-party property, coverage, and subrogation.  Rebecca’s work spans from complex claims analysis to subrogation issues and litigation.  While in law school, Rebecca worked as a summer associate at Citigroup, focusing on immigration and regulatory enforcement.  Rebecca published an article in the U.S. Naval Law Journal, entitled “How Much is too Much Pro Patria? Assessing the Limits of a Chaplain’s Role as Adviser to the Command.”  She speaks fluent Persian, and conversational Italian and French. She is also a professionally trained dancer.

Rebecca graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2010, cum laude.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Italian from New York University, summa cum laude, in 2006.


Daniel Danesh  
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Daniel Danesh is a third year law student at Cardozo and is Chairman of the IABA-NY's Pro Bono Committee. A recipient of the Dean's Merit Scholarship, he is a Senior Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law at the Law School. He's clerked for both the Hon. Leon Ruchelsman of the New York State Supreme Court's Civil Division and the Hon. Martin Shulman of the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Term. Currently, his focus is on tax law.

Daniel received his B.A. from Yeshiva University with Latin honors.


Janet Nina Esagoff  

Janet Nina Esagoff is an Associate in the Real Estate Litigation department of Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., specializing in foreclosure law, commercial litigation and landlord-tenant representation in all the local counties. Her clients include national lenders, private investors, landlords, management companies and asset portfolio managers. Janet is a cum laude graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, with a concentration in Urban Politics. She graduated Hofstra Law School and was admitted to New York State, Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., the United States District Court, (Eastern and Southern Districts) and the United States Supreme Court. Janet’s professional affiliations include the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Iranian American Bar Association and Yashar, Lawyers’ and Judges’ Chapter of Hadassah.


Leily Faridzadeh  

Ms. Faridzadeh is an Associate Attorney in Wilson Keadjian Browndorf LLP's New York office. She joined Wilson Keadjian Browndorf after clerking with the Honorable William E. Nugent of the New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division, and practicing real estate transaction and commercial litigation as an associate attorney at Itkowitz PLLC. Leily earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She joined the Iranian American Bar Association in January 2015 and was elected as the Board’s Secretary in June 2015 and re-elected as Secretary in August 2016.


Maryam Jazini: President

Maryam Jazini is a New York State Assistant Attorney General, where she is trial counsel for New York state agencies and state employees. Prior to that, she was an associate at Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans LLP and White & Case LLP. Her areas of expertise include complex commercial litigation, civil rights, and employment discrimination in state and federal courts.

Maryam graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law cum laude earning her Juris Doctor. She is admitted in New York, New Jersey, District Court of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York. Ms. Jazini previously served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William H. Walls of the United States District Court of New Jersey.


Michael Kohan
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Michael is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and California. He is also admitted in the Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the New Jersey Federal District Court. He has previously worked at one of Long Island's largest litigation firms. Named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, Michael has experience in many fields, involving both litigation and transactional matters, which has provided him with outstanding foresight and ability to isolate the primary issues in a matter. Michael also serves as a small claims arbitrator following his appointment by the Nassau County Bar Association.

Michael is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Political Science while minoring in History and Psychology, where he made Dean's List every semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Michael went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where was a Trial Lawyer's Section Statewide Trial Team Champion.


Sabrina Kraus
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Sabrina Kraus, is a Housing Court Judge in the Civil Court of the City of New York. Sabrina was appointed to Housing Court in 2006, and has since presided over thousands of cases in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, and has published hundreds of decisions. Sabrina Kraus received a BA in International Relations and French Literature from Colgate University in 1988, and received a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1991. From 1992 until to her appointment to Housing Court, Sabrina worked in private practice specializing in real estate litigation, and was a Partner at two different Manhattan law firms. Sabrina has served as President of the Association of Housing Court Judges, lectured on landlord tenant law for schools and organizations including Fordham University, Yeshiva University, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the United States Army. Sabrina is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York County Lawyers Association, Jewish Lawyers Guild, New York Women’s Bar Association, and was recently elected vice president of the New York Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association.


Sammi Malek  

Sammi Malek is a member of Baker & Hostetler LLP’s Litigation Group and focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial litigation and white collar and corporate criminal matters. Ms. Malek has represented clients, both individuals and corporations, in complex commercial litigation matters, as well as in formal and informal investigations by the United States Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission.  Ms. Malek is a member of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, a member of the New York County Lawyers' Association (Federal Courts Committee) and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Professional Responsibility).  Ms. Malek graduated from New York University School of Law in 2002 and received her B.A. from New York University in 1999.


Sheila Mortazavi: Vice President

Sheila Mortazavi is a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.  She has over a decade of experience litigating intellectual property matters before federal district and appellate courts, arbitration panels, and the International Trade Commission. She has represented parties in patent infringement cases in a wide variety of technical areas, including consumer electronics, electrical connectors, automotive components, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.  Ms. Mortazavi has also represented clients in unfair competition and trademark matters. 

Sheila’s professional affiliations includes the American Bar Association, the Iranian American Bar Association, The American Intellectual Property Law Association and The New York Intellectual Property Law Association.



Mahsa Motlagh: Treasurer

Mahsa Motlagh is the principal attorney of Motlagh Law Office P.C., a law firm that was founded in Chicago, Illinois and expanded into New York. The Firm's primary focus is in the areas of immigration, real estate, and corporate law. Mahsa Motlagh joins the IABA-New York chapter after serving as Treasurer of the IABA Chicago Chapter (2013-2014 term).

Mahsa Motlagh received her J.D. from John Marshall Law School and graduated with a B.A. from DePaul University in Political Science in 2004. She is admitted to practice in Illinois; New York Bar pending.


Kamran Parandian

Kamran Parandiam is the founder and principal of the Law Ofifces of Kamran Parandian.  The Law Office of Kamran Parandian is a preeminent firm that provides legal services primarily in the areas of immigration law, wills and trusts business and corporate as well as real estate law. Our office represents a spectrum of diverse clients ranging from multinational companies to individuals from all over the world.

Kamran graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 2001 and the University of Waterloo in 1997.


Pejman Sharifi: Vice President

Pejman Sharifi is an intellectual property partner in Winston & Strawn’s New York office who concentrates his practice in transactional, counseling, litigation, and licensing matters.  Mr. Sharifi’s experience includes supporting clients in the development and protection of intellectual property in the fields of electronic, software, and business-methods technology.  Mr. Sharifi’s technology experience includes telecommunications, cellular telephony, wireless local area networks, digital communications, semiconductor technology, power technology, programmable logic devices, smart cards and software.  Mr. Sharifi received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991 and a J.D., cum laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1997.


Fara Tabatabai
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Fara Tabatabai is a senior litigation associate in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Her practice focuses on securities, products liability, and complex business litigation. She has represented U.S. and international clients in the financial services, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical industries in arbitrations and multi-billion dollar litigations, including the first US-Canadian cross-border trial in history. Ms. Tabatabai is also committed to providing quality pro bono legal services and has represented clients in asylum and immigration cases, as well as intellectual property, employment, and family law disputes. Ms. Tabatabai received her Juris Doctor cum laude from Fordham University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors English and International Relations.


Pedram Tabibi  

Pedram is an associate attorney in the commercial litigation, corporate and real estate groups at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone LLP.  Pedram previously served as a judicial intern with the Hon. Martin E. Ritholtz of the Queens County Supreme Court and as an intern with LLC in their in-house legal department.  Pedram’s legal expertise in the fields of intellectual property law and internet law include privacy rights in Facebook advertising, domain name disputes, cyber-squatting, online trademark and copyright infringement, violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, notice and takedown letters, violations of a non-competition agreement through Facebook and LinkedIn and more.

Pedram graduated from New York University, College of Arts and Science, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Pedram earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Pedram serves on the board of 30 Years After New York.  Pedram's professional affiliations include the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.

Elnaz Zarrini

Elnaz Zarrini is an associate in the Litigation and Restructuring Department at Brown Rudnick LLP.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation disputes, representing official creditor committees and distressed note holders. She regularly researches and analyzes issues involving Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, creditor rights, corporate restructurings and general litigation procedure.  While in law school, Elnaz interned for the Honorable Donald C. Pogue with the United States Court of International Trade, and as a member of the pilot Fashion Law program at Fordham, an internship for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.  Elnaz also interned at Legal Aid’s Prisoners’ Rights Project.  
Elnaz received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, cum laude from Brandeis University in 2002 and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011.  She is admitted in New York and New Jersey.


Sahar Zomorodi
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Sahar Zomorodi is an associate with Baker & McKenzie's Tax Practice Group in the New York office. Ms. Zomorodi focuses her practice on US and international taxation, including transfer pricing, tax controversy, as well as international tax planning for multinational corporations. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Zomorodi was an economist and team leader with the IRS's Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program in Washington, DC, where she developed, negotiated, and defended the US position on transfer pricing matters. Ms. Zomorodi has many years of leadership experience in the Persian community. She was an active board member and president of the Iranian American Cultural society during her undergraduate years at GWU. She also has been an active member and volunteer with IABA (DC and NY chapters) since 2009, most recently in the pro-bono and events committees of IABA-NY.

Ms. Zomorodi received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.S. in Economics and B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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