Attorney Profile

Sarvenaz Bahar is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has extensive experience authoring appellate briefs and writs and presenting oral argument in federal and California courts of appeal.

Education

Ms. Bahar received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991. She was a member of the Yale Journal of International Law and Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

She received her B.A. summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania in 1988 in economics and French literature. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Dean's List for 1985-1988. She completed a portion of her undergraduate studies in Paris, France, in a study abroad program run jointly by University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

Professional Experience

Ms. Bahar is the principal and founder of Bahar | Law Office. Prior to starting her own appellate firm, she was of counsel with the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles. During her 14 year tenure at Morrison & Foerster, she focused her practice on appellate and labor and employment litigation. She co-chaired a number of jury and court trials in employment cases.

Prior to Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Bahar served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Barefoot Sanders, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, in Dallas and as a fellow at Human Rights Watch, based in New York City. With Human Rights Watch, she participated in a three week fact-finding mission to Iran to interview Iraqi refugees who had fled their homeland due to Saddam Hussein's draining of the marshlands in the south of the country. During the same trip, Ms. Bahar conducted an investigation of human rights conditions inside Iran which included a number of clandestine interviews and meetings with artists and intellectuals. Based on this work, Ms. Bahar authored a comprehensive report entitled Guardians Of Thought: Limits On Freedom Of Expression In Iran (Human Rights Watch 1993).

Professional Involvement

  • Executive Committee and Vice-Chair, Appellate Courts Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)

  • Member, Board of Directors, Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA)

  • Executive Committee, LACBA Delegation to CCBA

  • Honors

  • Ms. Bahar was selected by Southern California Super Lawyers in the field of appellate law in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This honor is reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in Southern California.


  • Ms. Bahar was the recipient of the Volunteer Award for the Appellate Law Program at Public Counsel in 2010.

  • Bar Admission

    Ms. Bahar is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and all courts in California.

    [+]Speaking Engagements

  • Making, Changing and Researching Legislation, Appellate Courts Section of LACBA, October 27, 2015 (moderator).

  • The Night of the Round Tables, Appellate Courts Section of LACBA, March 10, 2015.

  • What Are You Doing Here? The Role of Appellate Counsel in Trial Courts, Appellate Courts Section of LACBA, June 18, 2014 (moderator).

  • The Fundamentals of Civil Appeals, Iranian American Lawyers Association, April 25, 2013.

  • [+]Teaching and Lecturing

  • Mentor, State Appellate Practice (taught by Joshua Groban), UCLA Law School (Spring & Fall 2015, Spring 2014).

  • Judge at UCLA Spring Moot Court Competition (2007 & 2008).

  • Lecturer on arbitration in employment cases at Pepperdine Law School in April 2007.

  • Instructor regarding the judicial system at Wilson High School under the Appellate Court Experience (ACE) Program, co-sponsored by the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, among others, in October and November 2007.

  • [+]Personal

    Ms. Bahar was a teenager in 1980 when she had to leave her home in Iran, one year after the Iranian Revolution. She left Iran without her father, a prominent dissident writer, who was sentenced to death in absentia by the Islamic Republic of Iran and was forced into hiding. Her father spent over three and a half years in hiding inside Iran with very little contact with his family and the outside world. After living in France and Canada, Ms. Bahar made her new home in the United States where she pursued the study of law. Ms. Bahar's personal experiences have shaped her belief in the rule of law, the importance of having an impartial and independent legal system and the role of law as an instrument for change and the pursuit of justice.

    [+]Languages

    Ms. Bahar is fluent in Farsi and proficient in French.