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"The only way to do great work is to love what you do" Steve Jobs

I aim to live a life of meaning. I am motivated by doing what is right and what is fair. And I believe in following your passion – in work and in life. I only work on the areas of law that I am passionate about. My personal experiences and hardships have groomed me to be the lawyer that I am today.


Genuine partnerships are best formed through consistent updates and clear-cut explanations. So, know that at my firm, you’re always in on the plan and the strategy behind it.  Being a good attorney is as much about your ability to explain the law to your clients as it is about implementing the legal process in court.  Therefore, I make thorough explanations a top priority. Client education is simply the first step to success.


As a child of an immigrant family, my experience has motivated me to have a unique appreciation for what an immigration status in this country mean.  I understand that such status is not just an Alien Number.  It's the livelihood of an entire family tree.  I still remember the night when our plane landed in Sacramento International Airport and I walked for the first time on U.S. ground.   


As a person who at the age of 19 was wrongly charged, convicted, and imprisoned, I have a unique appreciation for freedom and fighting for those accused of wrong doing by our criminal justice system. In my opinion it is time for criminal justice reform.  I believe that no one is perfect but most people are good and that people should not be judged only by their worst or weakest moments.  I have seen with my own eyes how Lady justice is sometimes too blind.  I love the ability to give a voice to the accused, and the responsibility of protecting their rights.  It is not my job to judge anyone, it is my job to defend their rights.  I may not always agree with my client's actions but I always agree with their rights to a fair day in court and their fair chance to equal access to justice.   


As a business owner & operator of businesses for over two decades, I understand that your business is the means by which you provide for your family; in some cases, your entire saving in past and for future. 

I believe in giving back to the community and helping the next generation overcome their obstacles.  I have been invited to speak to various schools, seminars, and stay active in community outreach programs.  I believe in being a gate opener, NOT a gate keeper. I am also an advocate for improving our criminal justice system.  I am the founder of Justice For All Political Action Committee and sit on various committees. 

District of Columbia

Commonwealth of Virginia

Eastern District court of Virginia 


Top tier lawyers by Oxford Heritage Trial Academy Institute  

Top tier American Trial Academy

Top 100 by National Trial Lawyers

Top 10 Defense attorney award from Attorney and Practice Magazine

Top 10 client satisfaction award from American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Top 10 client satisfaction award from American Institute of DUI/DWI  Law Attorneys 

National College for DUI Defense

Top 10 award from American Jurist Institute

Avvo five star rated for client satisfaction


Justice Advisory Council 

Executive member of NOVABAA

Liaison for NOVABAA and NAACP

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

American Bar Association

American Immigration Lawyer's Association

Iranian American Lawyer's Association 

Virginia Trial Advocacy Association

Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Fairfax County Bar Association

Arlington County Bar Association

Loudoun County Bar Association 


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From Defendant to Defender

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