An Invitation to Success | By Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliThe Barristers Board of Governors (BOG) consists of successful and kind-hearted Barristers whose noble objective is to espouse and implement the betterment of our legal community and the community at large. We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA). As a Barrister (i.e., younger attorney), you are welcome to attend the open part of the BOG meeting.

Invitation to BOG Meetings

We would love for you, as a diligent young lawyer, to intelligently appreciate what you are missing to further thrive personally and professionally. At the BOG meetings, we will embrace you as an honored guest and help you become acquainted with a few of our 20+ sections and committees which the Barristers run. Topics of discussion include:

  • Learning how to Manage a Potential Client while Helping the Community: Become involved in our Roxbury Park Legal Clinic. Barristers meet every first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – noon to provide free general legal services to the community at large. Thanks to our invaluable President-Elect Wil S. Wenzel, and amiable Danielle Grabois, the Roxbury Clinic served at least 16 people with several lawyer volunteers, during January of 2015.
  • Feeding the Homeless: Join our SaMoShel Committee. Our selfless Barristers, under tutelage of our own chef extraordinaire LeRoy Williams and selfless past president Jeanine Percival Wright, meet every second Saturday of the month at Santa Monica Shelter from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to cook delicious food and feed at least 60 homeless people. This is a sampling of our January 2015 menu:

Mama’s Herb Roasted Chicken
Uncle Lee’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grandma’s String Bean Casserole
Cousin Tommy’s Tasty Salad
Aunt Millie’s Peach Crisp

  • Attending “Power Lunch” Series: You should seriously consider these revived series in which Barristers get a chance for a candid discussion with a “Power” lawyer in an informal setting to receive honest and practical answers for further professional career advancement. These series are organized by our very own superb Co-Chairs, Brian Schaller and Yan Goldshteyn, our Treasurer.
  • Having Fun, Food and Wine with our Vintage Bouquet Committee: Contemplate becoming involved with our Vintage Bouquet, run by our own able and affable Co-Chairs, Danielle Grabois and Nadira Imam.
  • Being a Mentee of and a Mentor to a Younger Lawyer: You may apply online at Special thanks to our formidable past President, Autumn Ronda and invaluable Zev Shechtman, as Co-Chairs of the Mentorship Committee.

This list is just a small fraction of what our dedicated Barristers accomplish. Indeed, for instance, under the praiseworthy chairmanship of Autumn Ronda and Rachel Balchum, we had a very successful Grant-a-Wish drive in which we collectively fulfilled holiday wishes of thirty-nine boys ages 11-18.

If you would like to be part of our fun, fulfilling and educational committees, you should step forward and become involved. Hope to see you soon.

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, or 310 651 3065.

Barristers Can Facilitate Career Enhancement | By Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliMy friends and colleagues often ask me how their involvement in the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Barristers could help them with their career. My response to them is often simple: become sincerely involved and you will appreciate the tangible and intangible benefits.

In fact, given more than 20 projects and programs that our Barristers’ section offers members and non-members alike, any serious and sincere Barrister would find a program to get involved with or even spearhead, of course with our help and support.

Such Barristers’ programs not only help the community, but also reward those dedicated Barristers who spend their weekends or evenings planning and executing such programs with credibility in the eyes of their employers and clients. This credibility often translates into new and lucrative attorney-client relationships.


Indeed, impeccable reputation and integrity are sine qua non for a successful legal career. Community involvement on the level that Barristers have accomplished undoubtedly helps those volunteers with name recognition.

For instance, on October 25, 2014, Rachel Balchum and Elizabeth Peterson diligently and deftly planned and executed a legal clinic involving more than 30 volunteer Barristers serving more than 100 people as part of L.A. Law Library Pro Bono week.

Kudos to Rachel and Elizabeth who undertook this colossal endeavor under the able aegis of Barristers Immediate Past President Autumn Ronda. In addition, on November 8, 2014, Barristers presented “What Every Tenant Needs to Know,” a substantive two-hour free Landlord-Tenant seminar to the public, at Roxbury Park.

The other examples of Barristers’ constant involvement in the community would be our monthly Roxbury Park Free Legal Clinic and Samoshel. Every first Saturday of the month our volunteers, run by our able Barristers’ President-Elect William S. Wenzel, provide free legal advice to the public.

Every second Saturday of the month, at Santa Monica Shelter, our dedicated Barristers’ volunteers cook and feed around 60 homeless people under the tutelage of our own chef extraordinaire, LeRoy Williams. Another project involved a toy drive in December, before the New Year, to help the greater Los Angeles’ impoverished children.

Legal Community

In addition to community involvement, Barristers are also involved in the legal community by planning and executing a few substantive MCLEs a month, geared mostly toward the needs of the younger attorneys. Our revived “Lunch with…” Power Lunch Series, run by our own Brian Schaller and Yan Goldshteyn, brings together illustrious attorneys in different practice areas with a small group of younger attorneys for an informal and candid round table discussion.

Career Enhancement

Given more than 20 or so events and programs the Barristers spearhead, any member of this proud and humble community should feel rewarded. Hence, when Barristers state these accomplishments on their resumes, LinkedIn, Avvo, Twitter, or Facebook pages, clients and employers take notice.

Clients know that such dedicated lawyers will steadfastly champion their rights, while employers realize that such competent and accomplished lawyers are invaluable assets to their law firms.

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, or 310 651 3065.

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, 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

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!