Elie Aghabi 2018-06-13T01:58:02+00:00
Member Type
Rising Star
Practice Area
Car Accident Attorney, Slip and Fall Attorneys, Wrongful Death Attorneys
Elie Aghabi
3450 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles California 90010 US

He was motivated to become a lawyer for one reason, to help others. Mr. Aghabi demonstrated this commitment throughout law school, graduating with “Public Service Distinction” in recognition of the countless hours he volunteered to help public interest organizations and their clients. After graduation, he was drawn to personal injury law because he saw firsthand how insurance companies so often take advantage of unrepresented injury victims by undervaluing their claims. He founded AghabiLaw, APC in 2016 to respond to that imbalance of power, and to provide high quality legal representation to injured individuals with a dedicated approach. In just a few short years of practice, Elie Aghabi has been recognized for his dedication to his clients. He has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as “2018 Southern California Rising Star,” an extremely prestigious honor, as no more than 2.5% of attorneys in California are named to this list. Elie Aghabi was also selected as a “2018 Rising Star” by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, which promotes attorneys who not only have the highest ethical standards but also provide top tier advocacy for their clients. Mr. Aghabi brings an energy and passion that is second to none. To him, you are more than just a case file. You are a person who has been forced to face an incredible ordeal through no fault of your own. Restoring your peace of mind and protecting the best interests of you and your family is his primary concern. Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you, and let AghabiLaw insure that you receive the compensation you’re entitled to!

Areas of Practice

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slips Trips & Falls
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dog Bites
  • Bicycle Accidents
Member Type
Rising Star
Practice Area
Car Accident Attorney, Slip and Fall Attorneys, Wrongful Death Attorneys
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Iman Jaffrey Law is headed by Iman Jaffrey, Esq. Iman Jaffrey is a Los Angeles native who loves helping people and fighting for justice. From his experience serving in the United States Peace Corps, (Kyrgyz Republic-2010), Iman realized that the his passion would best serve his fellow community members by helping them in what are probably the most difficult times of their lives. His only hope is to continue doing the work he loves and contribute to his community. Iman Jaffrey is fluent in both Spanish and Farsi, so if you are a loved one need help and do not speak English, Iman Jaffrey still has your back.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal
  • Immigration
  • Non-Criminal

Kaitlin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with honors, from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. She received her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, she externed for the Honorable Stephen Wilson at the United States District Court for the Central District of California and was Business Production Editor of Pepperdine Law’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law. Leveraging this experience, Kaitlin brings a strong set of skills to the table with the goal of developing lifelong relationships with her clients. Kaitlin takes pride in clarifying the estate planning process and developing creative plans with her clients’ unique needs in mind. Like many of her clients, she is motivated by successfully protecting their assets from the IRS and unintended beneficiaries. In regards to Estate Administration, she understands that clients hope not to see the fruits of her labor for many years. As she develops this personal relationship, Mrs. Kellogg focuses on how best to prepare and instruct loved ones for a simple and stress-free administration of the estate. When an administration begins, she is eager to unburden her clients, particularly as they have often suffered a recent loss. Starting with her accessibility, she appreciates the importance of empathy in her correspondence. Kaitlin is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and South Bay Bar Association. When she is not working you likely can find her at a kickboxing class or hanging out with her husband at their home in Hermosa Beach. Other names: Kaitlin Elizabeth Paulus, Kaitlin E. Paulus, Kaitlin Paulus Kellogg California State Bar No: 311197

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Administration

He graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Marymount California University with a dual emphasis in business and arts & media. Taylor earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Southwestern Law School on the acclaimed accelerated 2-year J.D. program during which he studied international art law in London, fashion law, and copyright law. He then went on to earn a LL.M. (a post-graduate master of laws) in Entertainment and Media Law at the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School to further focus his legal education on business and intellectual property law matters concerning the arts, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Arts and Media Law

Ardy Pirnia Esq.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody / Spousal Support
  • Divorce
  • Restraining Orders


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • Honors: Distinguishment of being the best oral advocate in his class
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California

Past Employment Positions

  • Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP, Attorney
  • One Law Group, Law Clerk

Cortney Shegerian is a founding member of Shegerian Conniff LLP and lead trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on employment law and includes all aspects of case management from inception through trial, with particular emphasis in jury trials and case resolution. Ms. Shegerian has extensive experience and success in mediation, all aspects of litigation, trial preparation and jury trials. Throughout her career as an attorney, she has tried numerous cases in both State and Federal Court. Ms. Shegerian has argued in the California Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of California. Ms. Shegerian places her focus on discovering each client’s personal experience in order obtain the best possible outcome for their case.

Ms. Shegerian was named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles” in 2017. In February 2017, she became one of the youngest attorneys in California to argue a case before the California Supreme Court.

Ms. Shegerian has served as a speaker and panelist in the area of employment law for the Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Hawaii, November 28-December 1st, 2017, Speaker on the topic of “Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: Is It Affecting Your Client?”, Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Sonoma, April 1-2, 2016, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Finding the Story in your Employment Trial.”, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Saturday Seminar November 14, 2015, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Nuts and Bolts” of Employment law, “Plaintiff’s Perspective on Disability Discrimination.”

Ms. Shegerian is licensed to practice in the State of California. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for Central District of California, She also is a member of a number of legal memberships and affiliations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, Armenian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Women and the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations.

Ms. Shegerian is an active Board Member for the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House and a volunteer at the Sojourn Battered Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Throughout her career as an attorney, Ms. Shegerian has secured settlements in excess of $50 million for her clients in cases in which she has managed and overseen.
$8,300,000.00 verdict for a fatal bus crash suit

$352,083.00 verdict for an employee wrongfully terminated


Since graduating from Loyola Law School in 2014, Henry Peacor has obtained more experience than a number of lawyers with years of practice. He has worked closely with trial lawyer Nick Rowley on a number of trials which resulted in multi million dollar verdicts. Henry is a strong advocate for his clients, and will fight zealously to obtain justice on their behalf. He recognizes that insurance companies and corporations have their own agenda, and will never have his clients’ best interest in mind and, as a result, Henry is relentless in the never ending fight between injured people and big corporations.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Wrongful death

Attorney Troy Pearson has lived in North County San Diego for more than 25 years. He grew up in the suburb of Poway, California, and currently resides in San Marcos, California. After helping a friend sort their life out after a traumatic brain injury, it inspired Mr. Pearson to eventually pursue a career in law and advocate on behalf of victims who have been seriously injured. Mr. Pearson went on to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2012, where interned at various personal injury firms gaining invaluable experience and fostering professional relationships. He also clerked at the Alternate Public Defender’s Office in Vista, CA. There he worked on several high-profile homicide cases and a jury trial to verdict. Mr. Pearson received an award, recognizing “pro-bono” hours for his legal service to the community. Mr. Pearson graduated law school in 2015 and passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt. He then worked as an associate for SMS Law Firm in Mission Valley, aiding clients in family law, estate planning, immigration and civil matters. He later worked at the Law Office of Evan W. Walker, further honing his advocacy skills, working exclusively on personal injury cases. Mr. Pearson is a tireless advocate, who is determined to vindicate the rights of his clients who have been wrongly injured. In his free-time, Mr. Pearson enjoys an active lifestyle, the San Diego weather and spending quality time with his close friends and family. Education: B.A. Communications; California State University San Marcos J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice: State of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California Professional Affiliations: California Bar Association San Diego Bar Association North County Bar Association Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Clients’ Choice Award 2017

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Implied Warranty of Habitability
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and Trusts



Attorney Katherina Butakova Alznauer obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. Licensed by the State of California Bar in 2014. Admitted to the California Supreme Court and to the United States District Court, Central District of California, in 2014. Ms. Alznauer has almost 15 years of experience in Immigration Law. During this time, she gained enormous experience in family- and especially business- immigration. Ms. Alznauer’s current law practice at Perry & Associates focuses on complex business immigration, aliens of extraordinary ability (scientists, artists, businessmen and others). She has extensive experience with visas and green cards for investors, work and student visas, as well as international business transfers to the United States. In the family based field, her most recent interest includes assisting the LGBT community acquiring equal immigration law benefits, family unity and seeking political asylum for those whose rights are abused abroad. Ms. Alznauer frequently represents our clients during the interviews at the Immigration Service. An immigrant herself, Ms. Alznauer knows what it is like to need a work permit and green card, therefore she is always ready to help. Ms. Alznauer is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, State of California Bar and American Bar Association. Born in Belarus, Ms. Alznauer is fluent in Russian and Belorussian. She reads Polish, Ukrainian and French.

Areas of Practice

  • Deportation Defense
  • Employment-Based Immigration Applications
  • Naturalization Applications
  • Family-Based Immigration

A passion for justice has guided Richard’s education and career. While earning BA, MA and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy and history, he thought deeply about ethics, political philosophy, and history.

Today, he pursues his passion for justice by defending his clients’ rights. Richard believes a nation-best serves its citizens by diligently protecting their rights. He also believes attorneys play a crucial role in providing such protection, and he is honored to be a part of our nation’s legal profession.


Lauren was born in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania. Lauren was admitted to the Bar of the State of California in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Lauren earned her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law–Camden in 2012, where she was Associate Business and Marketing Editor of the Journal of Law and Religion. While attending Rutgers University School of Law, she was a member of Moot Court and the Civil Practice Clinic. Lauren also served as a summer extern for the Honorable Donna Fields Goldstein of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Lauren’s practice is focused on the areas of general negligence, complex tort litigation and products liability matters. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Tort Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • General Negligence

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2012


  • Rutgers School of Law – Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Religion, Associate Business and Marketing Editor, 2011 – 2012
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. – 2007
    • Major: Telecommunications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar

Damon Alimouri, Esq.

Committed to fighting for everyday people against unchecked government and big business, Damon Alimouri is a young, energetic, compassionate, approachable, and aggressive attorney. He is a refreshing face is in a world of dry, colorless, and tired lawyers.

At the ripe age of 24, Damon Alimouri graduated from the top ranking and nationally recognized UC Davis School of Law (King Hall). While studying at UC Davis, Damon Alimouri dedicated himself to the cause of wronged individuals, clerking for the Prison Law Office and the Los Angeles and Sacramento County Public Defenders’ Offices.

Previous to earning his law degree, Damon Alimouri received his Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Philosophy from the world-renowned University of Southern California (USC). During his time at USC, he was Executive Editor of Ilios: The Undergraduate Journal of Political Science and Philosophy.

Following law school, Damon Alimouri focused his legal career on the fields of personal injury and criminal defense. He participated in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office highly sought-after Post-Bar Clerkship Program. Thereafter, he worked at a personal injury boutique in Beverly Hills. Subsequently, he worked for a renowned Pasadena criminal defense and personal injury trial lawyer.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Damon Alimouri prides himself on being different. He’s not your run-of-the-mill lawyer, unable to relate to his clients. In fact, one of his shining qualities is his friendliness and down-to-earth nature. Damon Alimouri is a 21st Century people’s lawyer, however he draws inspiration from legal giants of the past, like Gerry Spence, F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochran, and Melvin Belli.

A Renaissance man, in his free time, Damon Alimouri plays jazz, blues, r&b, and rock guitar, a skill that he has cultivated for 15 years. When he’s not working, you can find him noodling on the guitar, listening to music, or digging through old records for a new find. In addition, Damon Alimouri prides himself on being the best-dressed male lawyer in California, if not the whole country, taking cues from sartorial giants like Gianni Agnelli, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, and David Bowie.

  • Bar Admission:
    • California
  • Education:
    • University of Southern California (USC)
    • UC Davis School of Law (King Hall)
  • Languages Spoken:
    • Spanish
  • Professional Associations:
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Pasadena Bar Association
    • Criminal Courts Bar Association
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    • Consumer Attorneys of California

A Los Angeles native, Emily Rubenstein, Esq. is both a fierce advocate and a calming spirit, Ms. Rubenstein assists her diverse client base with the variety of legal issues they face. As of 2015, Ms. Rubenstein is now practicing Family Law at Lavinsky Law located in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Rubenstein received a Bachelor of Art in philosophy from The Ohio State University and was an award-winning student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she received her Juris Doctor. In 2012, Ms. Rubenstein served as a family law judicial extern for the Honorable Monica F. Wiley of the San Fransisco Superior Court. Over the years, Ms. Rubenstein has dedicated countless pro bono hours to helping survivors of domestic violence and low-income communities navigate our complex legal system. Ms. Rubenstein serves as Co-President Elect for the Board of Governors of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and sits on the Executive Alumni Board for her alma mater, Milken Community Schools. In her spare time, Ms. Rubenstein is an avid reader, a diehard college football fan, and an enthusiastic cook who enjoys spending time with friends and family. Emily has been recently nominated as the 2017 Top 10 Best Female Family Law Attorneys. Congratulation Emily.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Mr. Gabbara focuses exclusively on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. He represents injured clients and works relentlessly to make sure they are compensated as much as possible. Mr. Gabbara gained his experience from working at 2 of the most reputable law firms in San Diego, where he gained much experience handling these types of cases before opening his own practice. Mr. Gabbara is a San Diego native, born and raised in this beautiful city! He graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. He continued his education by receiving his Juris Doctorate from Western Sierra School of Law. He currently resides in Escondido with his beautiful wife and daughter, Isabella. Outside the office and family, Mr. Gabbara is a scratch golfer and a talented pianist.

Areas of Practice

  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Wrongful Death
  • ​Burn Injuries
  • ​Bicycle Accident
  • Pedestrian
  • Hit & Run Accident
  • Bus Accident
  • Drunk Driving
  • Slip & Fall
  • Trip & Fall
  • ​Work Related Injury

Jianmin Zhou is an attorney in California whose main focus is Immigration Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration Law

Simon Budhwani is the managing partner at Core Law Group, LLP, a six attorney family law firm practicing in the areas of divorce, domestic violence, custody, support, paternity, property division and nuptial agreements.  Mr. Budhwani is well recognized in the legal community and has been awarded numerous accolades, including, being awarded the 2016 , 2017 and 2018 Super Lawyer Rising Star Awards, the 2015 NAFLA Top Ten Under 40 Award, the 2014 Orange County Metro Magazine Top Lawyer Award, and has been seen on Nancy Grace for his role in the Real Housewives of Orange County custody battle.

Mr. Budhwani does not shy away from a challenge.  He prides himself in taking and winning difficult cases in the family law.  He lives by two mottos when practicing law: 1) he (Simon) who knows his case file best usually wins, and 2) one must obtain leverage over their opponent.

These two philosophies have been the foundation of Mr. Budhwani success.  A client can be assured that when working on his or her case Mr. Budhwani will know the file and facts of the case better than not only the other attorney, but often the client themselves.   Doing so not only gives Mr. Budhwani an advantage over opposing attorneys in family cases, it also builds immediate rapport with the Judge hearing the case.  When the court asks a question Mr. Budhwani usually has the answer while the other attorney is stumbling through his or her file.

Leverage is also a fundamental principle in Mr. Budhwani’s legal practice.  He believes the outcome of all cases, whether big or small, depends on which side obtains and maintains leverage throughout the case. Mr. Budhwani believes that it is his responsibility to sway the power of leverage to his clients benefit.  Surprisingly, there is no secret to obtaining and maintaining leverage:  One must put in the work and make the other side work.  File the necessary legal motions to win the case. The key is to out smart and out work the other side until the case is won or the client obtains a favorable settlement.

These are simple but overlooked philosophies forgotten by opposing attorneys.  Mr. Budhwani does not shy away from taking advantage of such shortcomings on the other side. It is the recipe for winning and in litigation Mr. Budhwani’s clients hire him to do just that, win.

Mr. Budhwani is a recognized scholar earning Dean’s List & Amjur recognition.  He was an editor of the Journal of Juvenile law and is a published author. He has served on the national level as a Sub-Committee Chair for the American Bar Association and locally with the Orange County Bar Association.

In his personal life Mr. Budhwani was once an amateur boxer fighting in the super fly weight division.  He has a passion for cooking, so long as it comes out of a box and has written instructions.  He is deathly afraid of snakes and See’s Candies Stores (they remind him of hospitals).


Mr. Champion is the founder of the Champion Law Firm. His goal in building his firm was simple: provide outstanding legal service to clients. With that foundation, everything else would fall into place. Mr. Champion is, and always has been, keenly aware that reputations are earned, not bought or negotiated.

His dedication to his clients sets him apart from other attorneys. His mission has always been to combine commitment, compassion, and character in his representation of clients. That means working as hard as possible to attain the desired result, providing a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on, and always remaining honest and forthright with clients.

He graduated with honors from the University of California Irvine, earning a BA in Psychology. Mr. Champion subsequently attended the prestigious University of San Diego School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor.


Tamara Shari Benefield began the Law Offices Of Tamara Benefield in 2004 and quickly expanded those headquarters to Culver City and Beverly Hills. With over 15 years of experience in the more complex and nuanced practiced area of family law , Tamara Benefield became a Certified family law specialist by the state board of California Board of equalization. She is fluent in Spanish and Latin and is a prolific thinker, strategic planner, an intellectual problems solver with the credentials to prove it. An iconic legal figure in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills legal community, Tamara Benefield graduated a Public Interest Scholar from Loyola Law School, after graduating with top honors in writing Philosophy and African American studies from California State University at Northridge where she also served as the Attorney General for Associated Students.


Amelia J. Mattis is an owner in the law firm of Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. Ms. Mattis has represented clients in a variety of complex family law issues and has successfully litigated multi-day trials on behalf of the firm. She has prevailed in court regarding child custody move-away and relocation issues, defeated unwarranted requests for restraining orders, obtained court-ordered domestic violence restraining orders (DVROS) for clients who needed protection, prevailed in a variety of child custody requests and in opposition to child custody order modifications. She is adept at the DissoMaster™ program the family courts use to calculate support and is able to work with clients to give them a projection of what support orders they can expect to receive or pay, as well as how to successfully apply for a reduction or increase in support. She has prevailed in evidence hearings involving issues to terminate spousal support. Amelia is skilled in “discovery” issues (such as interrogatories and depositions), which has successfully allowed significant evidence to be received by the Court. Attorney Mattis enjoys working closely with clients to help them communicate effectively to the Court the issues that are important to them. She understands the process can be overwhelming and confusing and ensures clients understand their rights and options. She is sensitive to the delicate nature of client concerns and has experience with cases where domestic violence or child abuse is alleged, as well as obtaining child welfare services (CWS) and police reports. Amelia graduated law school cum laude and was a staff member and editor on her school’s law review. She was awarded several scholastic honors from her law school. Prior to that, Amelia graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego. She was a member of the Communications Studies Honor Roll.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Modifications



Farahi Law Firm, APC was established by principal attorney Justin Farahi, who is a graduate of Loyola Law School, which is consistently ranked among the Top 60 law schools in the United States. Mr. Farahi has also earned his Masters in Business Administration, MBA. Mr. Justin Farahi is admitted to and regularly appears in the State Courts of California. Law Schools and Businesses frequently call upon Mr. Justin Farahi for advice and to conduct seminars on various legal issues such as Personal Injury Law, Labor laws and Employee rights. Mr. Justin Farahi is a resident of Los Angeles where he happily resides. Professional Associations and Memberships: Member, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Member, California Employment Lawyers Association Member, Consumer Advocate Attorneys of Los Angeles Professional Accolades: Special Guest Lecturer: Loyola Marymount Univeristy Special Guest Lecturer: Loyola Law School Special Guest Lecturer: Cal State Dominguez Hills Bar Admissions: California, 2014 U.S. District Court Southern District of California, Pending

Areas of Practice

  • Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Slip and Falls
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dog Bite Cases
  • Wrongful Death

Chris Hickok is an Attorney at Law, whose main focus is Business law.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Cannabis Law
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