Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

Exclusive Representation for Discerning Clients
  • Divorce, Business Law, Criminal Law...
  • California, District of Columbia, 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 Ali Shahrestani is a distinguished bicoastal attorney practicing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Boston, Washington DC, and Seattle.

Attorney Shahrestani personally keeps clients apprised of their case progress via regular phone and email communications, provides fierce litigation and transactional representation in high-conflict as well as collaborative legal matters, and applies a refined sense of legal judgment, experience, and intellect to his select legal matters.

It's 2019 - there's no need to hire a lawyer who still practices like it's 1984. If you're looking for a lawyer whose office you can pop into while picking up your dry cleaning, hit the yellow pages. But if you're looking for a powerful attorney ally in an intense legal conflict or crucial transaction, Mr. Shahrestani is the one you want.

With 15+ professional top-rating honors, 50+ glowing testimonials, and 60+ legal publications, including articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, and interviews on Fox and ABC TV News, Mr. Shahrestani offers exclusive legal representation for discerning clients.

Mr. Shahrestani makes himself available for phone consultation appointments 7 days a week. To make an appointment, visit AliEsq.com or call to speak with Mr. Shahrestani now at 800-510-3916. Fluent French, Spanish, Italian & Farsi.

"You are a real bad ass lawyer. I feel sorry for the opposing parties."
- Client Testimonial

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    For Initial Consultations Only.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer 30 minute and 1 hour-long paid phone consultations. To set a phone consultation, please visit my website: https://www.aliesq.com/consultation. I provide legal representation exclusively through retainer advance payments and reasonable hourly rates. I do not offer percentage contingency fee structures. For very low income clients, I offer sliding-scale rates at my discretion.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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
"Heartbeat" Laws Take the Abortion Fight to the Next Level
20 Logical Fallacies, or How Not to Debate!
The Storm of Domestic Violence: Divorce, Child Custody, Support, and Community Property
The 2019 College Admissions Scandal, Affirmative Action, and the Politics of Education
Disarm and Destroy: School Policies Prohibiting Attorney Representation in Administrative Proceedings - and How to Fight Back!
Manslaughter-by-Phone: The Tragedy of Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy
On the Rights of the Natural Person: The Unhealthy State of the Human Animal, the Environment, and Regulation.
New York's "Blindfold Law" is the Devil's Bargain and Should be Repealed Now
Apples and Peppers: Allowing End Users as well as Developers to Sue Apple for App Prices Violates Valid Precedent
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
#BlackLivesMatter – A Movement that Should Lead to a Constitutional Amendment Creating A Direct Democracy
Anti-Father Gender Bias in Child Custody Court: A Saga of Parental Alienation, Child Abuse & CoParenting Failures.
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Extensive Research: Women Initiate Domestic Violence More than Men, Men Under-report It.
Islamophobia requires our response
San Francisco Chronicle
Je ne suis pas Charlie: Hate Speech amidst “Freedom” Rhetoric
Precedented: Mr. Trump Fits Perfectly into US History of Elitism, Nepotism, and Corruption.
Resisting Brother Trump is Futile
The Corruption Report: 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
Argo's Iranophobia and the Destabilization of Iran for Oil Profits and Regional Domination
Artisanal Coffee and Chocolate: My Silent Partners
So You Want to Be a Lawyer?
The Law Lags Behind Tech, but Justice and Nature Demand Otherwise
Tort Reform, Defamation of Character, Depression in the Technology Age, and Other Modern Ethical Qualms
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
Obama Universal Health Care Plan Is Unconstitutional, and Other Broken Promises of the Obama Administration
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
Governing by Khutzpah: Israel and the Outdoor Prison called "Palestine"
Keep Your Word: A Contract is a Contract
Buddhism and the Practice of Law
Identity Theft and Your Business’s Liability to Your Clients’ Safety
Male Victims of Sexual Harassment Double from 1992 to 2008
Nuclear Bombs for Everyone: School Shootings, the 2nd Amendment, and School Negligence Lawsuits
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
Peaceful Democratic Revolution in the Middle East Calls for Regime Change
Renter Beware! Northern California Renter’s Rights in the Face of Real Estate Fraud and Investment Fraud
The New Face of the Coyote: Fraudulent Use of The Violence Against Women Act and State Divorce and Custody Laws
American Tea Party Helps Republicans Win the House in 2010
BART Cop gets 2 year Sentence for Killing Oscar Grant. Michael Vick received the same sentence for killing dogs.
Business Investment Fraud on the Rise
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
Proposition 19 Defeated by California Voters in 2010
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
Clash of Civilizations, American Jurisprudence, and Islamic Law and Policy in the Middle East
Environmental Pollution, Comparative Law, and Jurisprudence in California and India
The Debate over Mr. Hamdan: Sources of Law and The Three Branches
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
6638 Questions Answered

Q. You My wife got married to this guy in the same county we did. How is this possible, and what can I do about it?
A: If both marriages were legal marriages with marriage certificates filed with the County, you can report the crime of bigamy to the police. You can also consider filing for divorce. 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. Should I file something to request more statements? Or wait till first family resolution conference? (details below)
A: You may need to file a related discovery motion to compel further discovery. Have you reached out to opposing counsel to request more thorough replies? There are procedural rules that are related to filing such a motion. You may consider limited scope representation as an option that is more budget friendly if you're pro se due to financial reasons. 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. Hi, I am interested in knowing if I am eligible for resentencing under prop 47 and sb 180 in my criminal case.
A: See: https://myprop47.org/change-my-record/ 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. So my nephew, was threatened to be beat up by some online bullies, can they be charged with some kind of criminal law?
A: Your nephew is 11 months old? You can report crimes of assault to the police, and you may have a basis to sue for damages in civil court as well. 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 do I need to do if the other parent of my child has mental, anger & verbal abusive behaviors, with no evidence.
A: Have you filed for child custody and visitation orders? Typically in such requests, you can state your facts, observations, and attach related declarations from witnesses attesting to these allegations. Are you in divorce proceedings already? 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 was arrested for the following when I was 12.. I am now 26 and recently made contact with the attorney
A: CA Penal Code 17b relates to reductions of crimes for juveniles, depending on the circumstances. See: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=17. As for information in a background check, typically such checks uncover all arrests that are publicly listed; but it depends on the thoroughness of the background check and the entity running the check. As for whether it will preclude you from a particular job with the US government, for example, again that depends on the job and security detail related to the position. Also see: https://www.courts.ca.gov/1070.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. If Someone Owes A Bookie, Is This Person Legally Obligated To Pay? And Would If The Bookie Decided To Track This Person?
A: Was this a legal bet or part of illegal gambling activities? If you're facing assault or worse, you can report this to the police. If you're guilty of illegal gambling as well, you might face related criminal charges yourself. 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 have a court date soon regarding order of protection I filed against mygranddaughter. Can court appoint lawyer for me
A: Courts don't appoint family law attorneys in such cases. Some NY legal aid societies may be able to help you find a cost effective or pro bono lawyer in restraining order matters. You may consider hiring an attorney, and limited scope representation may be a good choice if you're on a budget. 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 an artist draw a picture from said photograph as in for a coloring book ? Is that still copywriter infringement?
A: If your drawing is a near or exact copy of another's art work, that sounds like copyright infringement. There are a few defenses: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/uco/CopyrightBasics/exceptions.html 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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