Law Office of Bita Ashtari: Ashtari & Ghorban, LLP is a firm that reflects the “American Dream.” We are children of immigrants who left their homeland for a chance to live in a free and democratic society, where their hard work would allow their children opportunities for a better life. Our parents’ unwavering work ethic and emphasis on education have made us the strong women, mothers, and lawyers that we have become.
Their sacrifices and experiences have instilled in us a deep sense of gratitude, humility, hard work, compassion and a commitment to making a positive difference in the community in which we live. To that end, we strive to treat our clients with a more personal and caring approach, while providing uncompromised professional excellence, at affordable prices, to ensure that access to justice is available to all. We understand that people seek our services at some of the most stressful or trying times of their lives and we make every effort to minimize their anxieties and make them feel they are not alone.
At Ashtari & Ghorban, LLP, we also make time for pro bono work and community service. Our philosophy is that a healthy society begins with the willingness of its members to give back to those according to need. Our parents’ immigrant experience, and our own ups and downs as the children of immigrants, serves to remind us that everyone needs a little kindness and a helping hand sometimes. Establishing our law firm is an achievement that we cherish and our practice captures the passion we have for the ethical and zealous pursuit of our clients’ causes.
Bita Ashtari earned her Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Upon graduating law school, Bita obtained her LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, specializing in Federal Criminal Law, from California Western School of Law in San Diego; the only program in the nation solely focused on federal criminal defense practice.
There, she received extensive training and experience in litigating some of the most serious federal cases, ranging from border related crimes, drug conspiracies, fraud, and cases involving multi-defendant wiretaps and RICO conspiracies. While studying at California Western School of Law, she volunteered at the California Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to obtaining the release of incarcerated individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.
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As part of the LL.M. program, Bita interned with the Federal Defenders office in San Diego where she represented indigent persons accused of federal crimes at all stages of their court proceedings. As a student during her LL.M. program, Bita co-authored an article titled “RAPE SHIELD LAWS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES: IS THERE ANY PRIVACY LEFT TO PROTECT?
” which was published in the Federal Criminal Defense Journal, a publication that offers criminal defense practitioners insight into the latest issues in federal criminal law. After graduating from California Western School of Law, Bita entered private practice where her practice focused on Criminal Defense and Immigration Law. She is knowledgeable on the crossover between immigration and criminal law and advises criminal attorneys with respect to the immigration consequences of a client’s criminal conviction and/or plea deal. Bita is dedicated to giving back to the community and throughout her legal career has provided pro bono legal services to detained migrants before all levels of the immigration court and appellate court system.
Bita has been awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono legal services three consecutive years which is awarded by the State Bar of California for voluntary provision of legal services to the poor. She has regularly presented seminars on Immigration Law to various non-profit organizations within Southern California dedicated to helping indigent individuals within the immigrant community. Bita is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.