Thank You for a Beautiful and Blessed Year | by Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliThis is my last piece in Bar Brief as the President of the BHBA Barristers. Accordingly, it is important to reflect on the successful and jovial year we have had as Barristers and express our deepest gratitude to our beloved Barristers BOG members for their profound dedication and sacrifice.

Even though it is rather impossible to bestow individual accolades on more than 20 committees and many MCLEs we spearheaded, here is a summary of our notable activities this past year.

Roxbury Park – Every first Saturday of the month William S. Wenzel, our wonderful President-Elect, along with ebullient Danielle Grabois, Co-Chaired this event to provide free legal services.

Samoshel – Every second Saturday of the month, our chef extraordinaire, LeRoy Williams, joined by amiable past President of Barristers, Jeanine Percival Wright, and superb Jeremiah Livesay prepared eclectic food and served around 60 homeless people at the Santa Monica Shelter.

Vintage Bouquet – Like previous years, our indomitable Co-Chairs, Dira Imam and Danielle Grabois, spearheaded another electrifying Vintage Bouquet along with our invaluable Elizabeth Peterson, Jeremiah Livesay, Eseigbe Omofoma, Lauren Gabbaian and Yan Goldshteyn. Special thanks to Leigh Leshner, John Grimball and Nicholas Francescon for their efforts during past years.

Pro Bono Committee – On a Saturday, during Law Week at L.A. Law Library, Autumn Ronda along with Elizabeth Peterson, Rachel Balchum, and Dira Imam, provided free legal advice to more than 100 people. In addition, with the diligence of Jack McMorrow and other members of this great Committee, we succeeded in continuing to inform the public of noble pro bono activities in our neighborhoods through our meticulously prepared Pro Bono Newsletters.

Power Lunch – Nearly every month Yan Goldshteyn and Brian Schaller planned a “Power Lawyer” lunch with legal titans for an intimate roundtable discussion.

Committee for the Arts – Anastasia Alen and Dira Imam brought to fruition an ethereal evening of memorable art, music and food at the former House of Blues.

Tolerance Through Education – Liana Yoon and Eseigbe Omofoma taught elementary school children the meaning of love, respect and tolerance through educational activities.

Meet the Judges – Megan Peitzke deftly assembled eight judges and two commissionaires for a private and rare evening at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

Brunch for Eight – Ariadne Giannis executed four separate Brunch for Eight programs with UCLA, USC, Loyola and Whittier law schools.

Mentorship Committee – Our tireless Zev Shechtman, Autumn Ronda and Diana Ovsepian sought to continue matching qualified mentors with receptive mentees.

Social Media Committee – Special thanks to Lauren Gabbaian for her expertise in supervising our Social Media.

Happy Hour – David Paletz, our convivial Chair, ensured every Thursday of the month that we all had a classy place to go to for professional networking.

Join me in my heartfelt thanks of our beloved and blessed BOG.


Doron F. Eghbali is a Senior Partner at Law Advocate Group, LLP. He practices Business, Real Estate and Entertainment law. Contact him at, or 310 651 3065.

BHBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD goes to Barristers Board of Governors Member, Doron Eghbali, Esq.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers are proud to announce that Doron Eghbali was honored with the BHBA's President’s Award for his active participation since he first joined the BHBA.  In addition to Co-Chairing the Real Estate Section for the past two years, Doron has graciously volunteered on many other projects to expand his involvement with the BHBA. He is always willing to take a leadership role and follows through to do an excellent job.  He developed a very popular Tenants’ Rights program for the public, and also presents MCLE programs on Unlawful Detainer. He is a member of both the Barristers and the BHBA Boards of Governors. He also has played an active role leading our volunteers at the USC BHBA IELB Symposium and other events.  Congratulations Doron!

Doron is a principal at Law Advocate Group LLP in Beverly Hills where he practices business, real estate and entertainment law. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and California Western School of Law.

Barristers teach acceptance to 2nd and 3rd graders in Tolerance Through Education Program

Barristers Jeanine Percival-Wright, Doron Eghbali, Anton Labrentz, Yan Goldshteyn and recent law school graduate Rachael Skura participated in this year’s Tolerance Through Education program where members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association visit a local LA-area school to teach 2nd and 3rd graders through a series of games, skits and song about respecting each other’s differences and understanding that we’re really all special in our own way.

This year Barristers taught over 60 students at Overland Elementary School in West Los Angeles on Friday, September 28, 2012. If you’re interested in participating in this fun and rewarding program next year, you can reach the program chair, Doron Eghbali, at

Tolerance Through Education, Presented by the Barristers

Based on the American Bar Association’s Tolerance Through Education program, on November 4, 2011, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Board of Governors was pleased to again offer, to a local elementary school, our new public service program entitled, Imagine.

Chairperson, Doron Eghbali, along with invaluable assistance of Committee Members, Anton Labrentz, Meghan Pietzke, and Yan Goldstein, has put together a program which focuses on belonging, cultural diversity, and respect and serves to shares ideas of consideration and kindness to help students negotiate the social challenges faced daily, as well as those that lay ahead in the final years of childhood and the early years of adolescence

The Barristers lesson begins with a fun ice breaker, a game entitled “Cross the Line,” which will get dialogue flowing with regard to diversity and the prejudices and biases children might face in their every day life.  We will then have the children participate in skits where they will act out different scenarios and discuss how conflicts may be resolved.  Finally, we conclude with the appropriately adapted song, “Imagine,” by John Lennon. 

Needless to say, the kids, and teachers, loved it!