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.

Love, Bonhomie and Professionalism | By Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliThe salient characteristics of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Barristers Board of Governors (BOG) are the bonhomie, love and professionalism it permeates and promotes among its members. These indispensable characteristics suffuse the 20 committees and projects the BHBA BOG have embarked upon.

Vintage Bouquet

Given these noble attributes, the BHBA Barristers’ BOG continued the glamorous Annual Vintage Bouquet event this year on April 26, 2015 with exquisite food and wine. Special thanks to our fastidious Co-Chair’s Dira Imam and Danielle Grabois whose dedication, along with the invaluable devotion of our Barristers’ BOG members Eseigbe A Omofoma, Lauren Gabbaian, Elizabeth Hall Peterson and Jeremiah Livesay, made this event possible. Also it is incumbent upon us to thank our previous Chair of Vintage Bouquet, Leigh Leshner and BOG members Nick Francescon and John Grimball for the past years’ successes.

Meet the Judges

Furthermore, thanks to our indispensable Megan Peitzke and the BHBA Barristers “Meet the Judges of the West District” was held on May 14, 2015 at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Eight judges and two commissioners graciously shared with participants the insight into many aspects of trial practice from ethics to civil discovery to trial work. It was a rare and informal meeting that participants undoubtedly relished.

Brunch for Eight

Again, we had the pleasure of hosting a select group of law students from Whittier Law School on April 12, 2015 at the BHBA, which was our fourth Brunch for Eight event in a month. Our wonderful Ariadne Giannis, the Chair of the Section, successfully arranged it.

Roxbury Park and Samoshel

On the first Saturday of the month in April and May, our efficient President-Elect William Wenzel and invaluable Co-Chair Danielle Grabois provided the public with free legal advice in a loving and welcoming ambience, along with other volunteers.

The second Saturday in April and May, our very own chef extraordinaire Leroy Williams, Jeremiah Livesay and other great volunteers, prepared delicious and eclectic food and served nearly 60 homeless people at the Santa Monica Shelter.

MCLE and Power Lunch

Our dedicated Barristers executed at least six ‘nuts and bolts’ type of MCLEs in the past two months on legal topics as diverse as Immigration, Real Estate, Labor and Employment, Law Practice Management, and Entertainment.

Thanks to Yan Goldshteyn, President-Elect for 2016-2017, and formidable Co-Chair, Brian Schaller, “Power” attorneys in entertainment law continued to share the keys to their success with the participants.

Happy Hour

Like previous months, David Paletz put on another Happy Hour with panache and class. Our Happy Hours are usually the third Thursday of the month at the Hotel Sixty in Beverly Hills.

You are welcome to become a part of us. We will embrace you with love and make you feel welcome.

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

4/27: The 26th Annual VINTAGE BOUQUET™ is THIS SUNDAY!

Have you purchased your tickets yet? It promises to be a beautiful afternoon filled with all the best food, beverages, and company you could ask for. And did I mention there will be auctions? Register today at!

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Southwestern Bar Fair

The Southwestern Bar Fair is an event at Southwestern Law School in Downtown Los Angeles where local bar associations come together and talk to interested students about what a bar association is, why they should join, and how they can sign up to hear more.

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Barristers Annual VINTAGE BOUQUET™ Food & Wine Extravaganza – A Great Success!

The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers are continually impressed by Immediate Past President, Leigh Leshner and her dedicated committee who once again planned and hosting another greatly successful VINTAGE BOUQUET™ Food and Wine Extravaganza in April 2012!

Since its commencement in 1988, the VINTAGE BOUQUET™ has become one of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s premiere events, featuring bites by several of L.A.’s top chefs and tastings by many of California’s premium wineries, along with entertaining live music and fun silent and live auctions. 

Most importantly, proceeds of the VINTAGE BOUQUET™ support charitable contributions made by the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, including pro bono services, community outreach projects, legal education programs, and access to the justice system.

A sincere thank you to all who volunteered, attended, and donated for this year’s VINTAGE BOUQUET™, which may very well have been the most successful Extravaganza so far!  For more information on the event, please visit  Photos by Jamie Pham Photography.

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