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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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. Call today to set a Phone Consultation to discuss your concerns: 800-510-3916.

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Farsi.

Over a dozen professional awards, 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
Divorce is common. My approach is unique.
> High Conflict Divorce, Child Custody & Visitation, Restraining Orders, Abduction, Parental Alienation, Collaborative Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support.

EDUCATION LAW
Passionate representation for students, teachers, and private schools, like only a former teacher could.
> 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
Offering businesses, investors, and individuals dynamic legal representation aimed at preventing disputes, yet ever prepared for intense litigation.
> Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal Compliance, Partnerships, Investments, Intellectual Property, Leases, Foreclosures, Real Estate Transactions & Litigation.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
When your life and liberty are at stake, there is nothing more important than a superlative and aggressive defense. That is what I offer.
> 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
6526 Questions Answered

Q. Can an employer who pays his employees cash money under the table ask his helpers to help him pay tax on his contract
A: You may want to report him to the IRS and FTB for tax fraud. If he owes you money, you may want to sue him for that in court. 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 cut up a Christmas tree threw it in dumpster. Now she says I have to pay for it.
A: If the local trash company charges for hauling such refuse, the landlord may be able to pass the cost onto you. A lawyer should review your lease. 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. Transfer on Death Deed- if the creation of this law was meant to easily transfer property to beneficiaries
A: See: http://www.canhr.org/factsheets/medi-cal_fs/PDFs/FS_TOD_NeedToKnow.pdf Perhaps that may provide some initial guidance to you on how TODs work. Maybe there was an error made somewhere along the line? 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. Can I ask for the list of questions that a lawyer will ask me in a deposition ahead of time to prepare my answers?
A: There is no legal right to have a list of such questions provided to you ahead of time, as they constitute the private writings of the opposing lawyer until they are asked of you; and the questions might not even be prepared or written down in advance by the opposing lawyer. It's best to have a lawyer of your own prepare you prior to the deposition and represent you at the deposition. 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. together 16 years legally married 9 kids, own home What am I entitled to He says nothing because I’m a homemaker
A: See: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1039.htm 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. Is it illegal for me to drive on public roads if I have police lights and sirens
A: A non-LEO (Law enforcement officer) can't use police lights and/or police sirens on their car on public streets. 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. As a Californian, am I prohibited or limited in any way, as an individual, student, or employee from boycotting Israel?
A: Some companies have their employees (and some colleges might have their students or teachers) sign contractual agreements to not boycott Israel, but those may be able to be challenged as either unconstitutional (if the company is a governmental employer) or as unconscionable or unenforceable under a contractual or statutory basis, depending on the facts. See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/10/01/in-first-amendment-case-arizona-is-blocked-from-penalizing-state-contractors-that-boycott-israel/?utm_term=.113925617a3a 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. A truck was abandoned on my property, can I put a mechanics lien on it?
A: You can report this to the police, who may in turn have it cited and towed. 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. What to do with neighbor playing loud music?
A: The landlord should promptly put an end to this. If the landlord doesn't make this unreasonable noise disturbance end, you may have a case against the landlord for breach of contract and related damages, and you may have a valid basis to terminate the lease and move out. 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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