Scope of Services

Before the Appellate Courts

Sarvenaz Bahar is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Bahar specializes in civil appeals in both California and federal appellate courts and has represented plaintiffs, defendants and amici curiae in a broad range of issues. The crux of her work includes drafting briefs, writs, petitions for review and petitions for certiorari and presenting oral argument in appellate courts.

Ms. Bahar also works on criminal appeals. She is a member of the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal's appointed counsel panel for indigent defendants. She has been appointed as appellate counsel in numerous criminal and juvenile delinquency cases.

Before the Trial Courts

Preparation for an appeal starts when the parties are before the trial court. Decisions made by trial counsel before the trial court will determine the scope and strength of arguments that can be raised on appeal. As a result, Ms. Bahar's work involves advising trial counsel and clients regarding various matters that arise before the trial court. This includes developing legal theories and trial strategies, creating an adequate record and preserving objections for appeal. In a further attempt to better position the client in a possible appeal, Ms. Bahar also assists trial counsel in briefing and, if necessary, arguing dispositive motions, trial briefs, motions in limine, jury instructions, special verdict forms and post-trial motions.

Before starting her own appellate firm, Ms. Bahar litigated before the trial courts for over 14 years and tried a number of jury and court trials. This experience allows her to bring to her appellate work invaluable knowledge about trial court proceedings. She also brings to her appellate work a genuine appreciation for rigorous and critical legal reasoning and her skills in written and oral advocacy.

Ms. Bahar gives each case her personal attention, takes pride in the quality of her work and strives to provide the highest quality of legal representation in the most efficient manner possible.