A Bright Future with Barristers | By Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliWhen I completed my legal studies and moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, I did not know anybody in the Los Angeles legal community. Trusting my mentors’ advice, I soon embarked upon attending various Bar Associations in quest for a cordial and cerebral community of legal professionals. After attending and becoming involved in other Bar associations, I attended the BHBA Barristers Board of Governors (BOG) for the first time. I went to the BOG meeting early, talked to as many people as I could and listened to what Barristers were doing. Thereafter, I became involved and relished every moment of it. This was around seven years ago.

Today, with the assistance of our beloved Barristers’ indispensable officers, including incoming Barristers President, William Wenzel; Treasurer, Yan Goldshteyn; and Secretary, Nadira Imam, I intend to build on what we have been blessed with.

In fact, thanks to personal sacrifices of our Barristers, we now foster about 20 or more social, educational and legal committees and programs. They serve not only the legal community but mostly the public ranging from seniors, the homeless, firefighters and police force, to troubled teens and children.

This past year the Barristers’ immediate past President, Autumn Ronda, deftly instituted the “Mentorship Program,” “Job Board” and our “Pro Bono Newsletter” with the invaluable help of Zev Shechtman, Diana Ovsepian, Rachel Balchum and Elizabeth Hall.

Gratefully, Barristers continue their successful “Monthly Free Legal Clinic” chaired by our wonderful William Wenzel and Danielle Grabois. Our monthly “Samoshel” program chaired by our own in house chef extraordinaire, LeRoy Williams, with the insight of Jeanine Percival Wright, caters to about 60 homeless people with eclectic foods, all prepared and served by our own Barristers.

Our veritable treasure trove, Leigh Leshner, is Co-Chairing the VINTAGE BOUQUET™ again this year with superb help from John Grimball and Nick Francescon. Our great chair of “Court- house Walkthrough” and “Kids in the Courthouse,” Megan Peitzke, is spearheading a Teen Court program.

Ariande Giannis continues to diligently head our “Law School Outreach” committee to promote the noble principles of Barristers.

Our “Lunch With…” program is being revived by our invaluable Co-Chairs Brian Schaller and Yan Goldshteyn this year. Also, Nadira Imam and Anastasia Allen, with their artistic minds, are again Co-Chairing our “Committee for the Arts” while our “Social Committee,” Co-Chaired by convivial Laura Cable, Lawrence Freiman and David Paletz, is holding Happy Hour mixers every month. Lauren Gabbaian continues to expertly Chair our “Communications and New Media Committee,” and Jonathan Dennis will ably Chair our “Law Day.”

We would love to share with you the bright future we are building for our communities and ourselves. We meet every second Wednesday of the month in the BHBA headquarters at 6:00 p.m.


Doron F. Eghbali is a Senior Partner at Law Advocate Group, LLP in Beverly Hills and practices Business, Real Estate and Entertainment law.  Contact him at DoronEghbali@LawAdvocateGroup.com, 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 DoronEghbali@LawAdvocateGroup.com.

Barristers Holiday Board of Governors Meeting at the Hammer Museum, UCLA

The Barristers Board of Governors enjoyed their December meeting at the Hammer Museum, UCLA.  The Hammer Museum is a unique, cutting-edge arts institution that connects the classics and the contemporary through its varied collections, wide-ranging exhibitions, and provocative programs. The Barristers are grateful to the Hammer's Chief Curator and Senior Manager of Events, for their generosity in helping us make this evening a possibility! 

Barristers Board of Governors, 2011 – 2012 Committees & Chairpersons

Bench / Bar Bike Ride – Brian Smith

Board of Governors Bylaws – Scott Sachs

Board Speaker Series – Amanda Hill, Barristers Secretary

Committee For The Arts – Gina Tennen and Jaison Benjamin, Barristers President

Community Outreach – Jeanine Percival-Wright, Barristers President-Elect

Courthouse Walkthrough – Megan Pietzke

Homeless Project – Sean Novak

Kids In The Courthouse – Megan Pietzke

Law Day – Jonathan Dennis, Barristers Treasurer

Law School Bar Fair Project – Barristers Officers

Legal Resources – Robert Lance and Marilyn Moore

MCLE Programs – Barristers Board of Governors

New Admittees Reception – Sean O’Brien

New Media – Amanda Hill, Barristers Secretary

Off The Hook – TBD

Public Counsel – Jaison Benjamin, Barristers President

Roxbury Park Legal Clinic – Brian Smith and Anton Labrentz

Social Committee – Deborah Fontaine

Student Brunch – Sean O’Brien

Tolerance Through Education – Doron Eghbali

Vintage Bouquet – Leigh Leshner

Wills For Heroes – Autumn Ronda and Chris Twinning

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!