Neama Rahmani

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BornSeptember 4, 1979
Long Beach, California
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Lawyer
  • Federal prosecutor
  • Legal commentator

Neama Rahmani (born September 4, 1979) is an Iranian-American trial lawyer, former Federal Prosecutor, and legal commentator. He is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers, a Los Angeles based law firm specializing in personal injury and employment law[1], He regularly appears on Court TV’s Wednesday Think Tank and Law & Crime.

Prior to his current role, Rahmani served as Federal Prosecutor for the United States Attorneys Office in San Diego, California from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, he became the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. [2]

Early Life and Education

Rahmani was born in Long Beach, California. At age 16, Neama was awarded the Regents' Scholarship and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. At age 18, he was admitted to Harvard Law School where he graduated at 22 years old as one of the youngest graduates in the history of Harvard law school.

Legal Career

Rahmani worked as a summer associate for Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher and O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. He later joined O’Melveny & Myers after graduating in 2002.

After providing counsel at the firm for seven years, he left to join the United States Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor in San Diego[3]San Diego|. While working as a federal prosecutor, Rahmani helped capture a fugitive murderer and methamphetamine trafficker featured on America's Most Wanted|America’s Most Wanted who he then prosecuted. [4]

Rahmani was later appointed as the Enforcement Directorate of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission in 2012, where he investigated elected officials and secured some of the largest fines in the agency’s history.[5]

In 2013, Rahmani joined with former O’Melveny & Myers colleague Allen Patatanyan to form West Coast Trial Lawyers, a personal injury and employment law firm.

Since then, his clients have consisted of notable athletes, actors, models, and reality stars such as Carmen Electra, Johnny Manziel, and Lilly Ghalichi.

Rahmani also serves as a member of the UCLA Political Science Board of Advisers. [6]

Notable Clients & Cases

Rahmani handles both business and litigation matters for Johnny Manziel and his wife, Bre Tiesi.[7] He also represents Carmen Electra and handled her lawsuit against a former stylist who allegedly stole from her[8]. He defended Michael Costello (fashion designer)|Michael Costello against allegations that he used a racial slur on Instagram[9]. Rahmani filed a lawsuit on behalf of Anabelle Acosta for injuries she sustained in a multiple rollover car accident.[10] He sued Lilly Ghalichi’s former business partner for fraud and appeared on the show Shahs of Sunset to encourage her (as a former attorney herself) to return to law practice[11].

Rahmani sued Charlie Sheen after he allegedly attacked a dental technician while he was under the influence of drugs.[12] He represented parents of Shayan Mazroei’s who died after being stabbed by a convicted murderer and white supremacist.[13] [14] Rahmani represented two female Contra Costa County jail inmates who were allegedly raped by a Sheriff’s Deputy while in custody.[15][16] He sued the pastor of a Novato church who, under the guise of providing counseling, impregnated a married female member of his congregation and coerced her into getting an abortion[17]. Rahmani is currently representing the family of a 51-year-old intellectually disabled man who was left to die in a hot car by an employee of Easter Seals.[18] He also filed a whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of a Loyola Marymount University employee, alleging that she was fired after refusing to help a dean misappropriate university funds for pornography, extravagant meals, and first-class airfare. [19]

Rahmani is currently representing a high profile John Doe|Jane Doe in the Soulja Boy rape lawsuit. [20][21]

TV & News Appearances

Neama is a regular legal commentator on ABC News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, and several other television networks where he provides legal analysis on topics such as the The College Admissions Scandal|College Admission Scandal[22][23], Britney Spears[24][25][26] and Amanda Bynes Conservatorship[27], and High profile divorces[28]. Rahmani has appeared on Fox News’ segment “Justice with Jeanine Pirro|Judge Jeanine” in discussing the legal battle surrounding Britney Spears. Rahmani appeared on ABC7 Los Angeles|ABC7 News amidst Bill Cosby’s release from prison as well as explaining his firm’s $10 million lawsuit filed against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of his client, Yasmin Morales, who was struck by a rubber bullet in June of 2020.[29]In 2017, Neama appeared on the reality television show, Shahs of Sunset[30], where he represented reality star Lilly Ghalichi in her lawsuit against a former business partner[31]. Neama has also been featured in several news articles, including, Newsweek[32][33][34], OC Register|OC register[35], Business Insider[36][37], Fox News[38], NBC News[39][40], HuffPost|Huffington Post[41], and many more.


  1. "Neama Rahmani at Improv". Improv. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  2. "Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar fined $10,500 by Ethics Commission". Daily News. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  3. Service (USMS), U. S. Marshals. "U.S. Marshals Service". Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  4. "America's Most Wanted | Watch Season 1 Full Episodes on FOX". Watch America's Most Wanted on FOX. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  5. "Ethics Commission – Preserving the public trust". Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  6. "Board of Advisors". UCLA Political Science. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  7. Spain, Kevin. "Johnny Manziel's rental home damages lawsuit headed back to court". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  8. "Carmen Electra -- My Stylist Went on $100K Shopping Spree ... For HERSELF!". TMZ. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  9. "Michael Costello Called out for Alleged Racial Slur Use, Bullying After Blasting Chrissy Teigen". Celebrity. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  10. "Former 'Quantico' Star Anabelle Acosta Sues Over Horrific Uber Car Crash". The Blast. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  11. "Shahs of Sunset Alum Lilly Ghalichi on Her Lawsuit: "I Will Make Things Right"". In Touch Weekly. 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  12. Michael, Owen (2014-10-03). "Charlie Sheen sued for alleged violent dental office attack". ABC7 Los Angeles. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  13. "Family of College Student Slain Outside Laguna Niguel Pub Calls for Hate Crime Investigation". KTLA. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  14. Hensley, Nicole. "California family demands hate crime charge against known white supremacist accused of killing Iranian-American son". Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  15. "Exclusive: Internal sheriff's records show deputy suspected of rape, not 'consensual' sex". East Bay Times. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  16. "Inmate's attorneys say sex with Contra Contra County deputy was not consensual". KRON4. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  17. Freedman, Wayne (2018-08-21). "Marin County woman sues church, pastor for alleged sexual abuse of power". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  18. "Mother of 51-Year-Old Intellectually Disabled Man Left in Hot Car in West Covina Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit". KTLA. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  19. Facebook; Twitter; options, Show more sharing; Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Email; URLCopied!, Copy Link; Print (2019-03-05). "Lawsuit claims former Loyola Marymount dean fired aide to hide alleged misspending". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-09-20. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  20. "Soulja Boy Accused of Raping, Beating and Holding Former Personal Assistant Hostage in Lawsuit". Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  21. Roberto, Melissa (2021-01-22). "Rapper Soulja Boy's former female assistant accuses him of sexual assault, holding her hostage in lawsuit". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  22. "Lori Loughlin Gets Birthday Instagram Wishes from Both Daughters, and a New Court Date With Her Husband". Bravo TV Official Site. 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  23. "Relieved! Felicity Huffman Is 'Grateful She Only' Got 14 Days in Prison". Us Weekly. 2019-09-14. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  24. Facebook; Twitter; options, Show more sharing; Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Email; URLCopied!, Copy Link; Print (2021-07-14). "Britney Spears' conservatorship case resumes after last month's explosive testimony". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-09-20. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  25. Puente, Bill Keveney and Maria. "Britney Spears says '#FreeBritney' after winning right to hire lawyer in conservatorship case". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  26. "What's Next for Britney Spears' Conservatorship Case". TheWrap. 2021-06-26. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  27. "How Pregnant Amanda Bynes' Conservatorship Could Affect Custody of Her Child". Us Weekly. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  28. "Kristin Cavallari's 'Inappropriate Marital Conduct' Claims Explained". Us Weekly. 2020-04-28. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  29. Munoz, Anabel (2020-06-18). "$10 million claim filed by woman who says she was struck in face by LAPD rubber bullet". ABC7 Los Angeles. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  30. "Ep 9: Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry". Bravo TV Official Site. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  31. "Shahs of Sunset Alum Lilly Ghalichi on Her Lawsuit: "I Will Make Things Right"". In Touch Weekly. 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  32. "Why Ghislaine Maxwell's Jeffrey Epstein bail bid is "not going to work"". Newsweek. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  33. "Trump impeachment evidence "damning" to Capitol rioters' cases". Newsweek. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  34. ""QAnon Shaman's" attorney looking to call Trump as witness in Capitol riot case". Newsweek. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  35. "Girlfriend of man accused of stabbing another patron to death at Patsy's Irish Pub charged with being an accessory to the killing". Orange County Register. 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  36. "A little-known law could determine whether the DOJ would represent Trump in a Capitol-riot lawsuit or if he has to fend for himself". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  37. "The first Capitol riot felony prison sentence signals to other insurrectionists that they'll get a better deal if they accept responsibility". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  38. Napoli, Jessica (2021-06-30). "How did Bill Cosby's conviction overturn happen? Legal experts weigh in". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  39. "Migos rapper Takeoff accused of rape in lawsuit". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  40. "Lawsuit: Rapper Soulja Boy beat, sexually assaulted assistant". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  41. Wood, Mike; marketer, ContributorOnline; Life, But Blogging About (2016-11-08). "From New Jack City To Breaking Bad: How The Crystal Meth Epidemic Has Displaced Crack-Cocaine". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-09-20. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)

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