Prior to founding the firm, Mani Dabiri was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and Orange County, where he conducted investigations into and prosecutions of a wide range of federal crimes. These include white-collar offenses such as mail, bank, and wire fraud; identity theft; and money laundering as well as bank robberies; drug offenses; gun charges; and immigration matters. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Dabiri personally handled these cases at each stage of the criminal-justice process from initial investigation, grand-jury proceedings, and pretrial litigation to trial, sentencing, and appeal.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Dabiri was an associate at one of the largest, powerhouse litigation law firms in the world, O’Melveny & Myers, where he worked on complex civil and business disputes in the areas of securities litigation, class-action defense, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and intellectual property, among others. As a young associate at the firm, he first-chaired a criminal jury trial as well as a civil court trial, and in defending the civil case, he cross-examined the other side so effectively the court awarded his clients judgment as a matter of law without their even presenting a defense.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Dabiri clerked for the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court in Los Angeles. He attended law school at the University of Southern California, where he graduated near the top of his class, served as a Senior Editor of the Southern California Law Review, and received the James C. Holbrook Award for outstanding staff member of the law review. While in law school, he also served for two years as a legal writing instructor, interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and received the highest grade in his trial advocacy class. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating with honors.
While defending his clients zealously, Mr. Dabiri remains active in his legal and local community. His leadership positions, bar memberships, volunteer efforts, and speaking engagements past and present include the following:
- President, Orange County Chapter, Iranian-American Bar Association (2012-14), and Member, Board of Directors (2011-12)
- Member, National Board of Directors, Iranian-American Bar Association (2014-15)
- Vice-Chair for Communications, Federal Career Service Division, Federal Bar Association (2011-15)
- Member, American Bar Association; Association of Federal Defense Attorneys; Orange County Bar Association; L.A. County Bar Association; O.C. Criminal Defense Bar Association; William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court; California Public Defenders Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, Board of Directors, USC Law Alumni Association (2011-16)
- Judge, Moot Court & Mock Trial Competitions, University of California, Irvine School of Law (2012-14)
- Judge, Regional & National Tournaments, American Collegiate Moot Court Association (2011-15)
- Volunteer, Mentoring & Mock Interview Programs, USC Gould School of Law (2011-15)
- Volunteer, Legal Aid Society of Orange County (2010), Public Law Center of Orange County (2011), Inner City Law Center (2012)
- Coach, Mission Viejo High School, Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition (2009)
- Panelist, The Legal System’s Response to Hate Crimes, Orange County Chapter, Iranian-American Bar Association (February 2016)
- Panelist, Open Your Own Practice, USC Gould School of Law (February 2015)
- Panelist, Careers in the Law, National Conference, Iranian-American Bar Association (August 2014)
- Presenter, Dialogues on Freedom, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2011-15)
- Lecturer, Litigation in State Courts, Hope International University (February 2012)
- Speaker, Why We Defend People, Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (March 2012)