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FOUNDING PARTNER OF SETHI & MAZAHERI, LLC.
Mr. Mazaheri represents individuals in immigration and criminal proceedings in New Jersey. His most recent experience as a NJ prosecutor brings trial and litigation expertise in criminal matters including appeals and domestic violence cases. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Mr. Mazaheri served as a judicial clerk in the criminal division of the Essex County Superior Court of NJ for the Honorable Judge Jerome M. St. John. He served as a faculty research assistant and a student attorney at the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice and interned at the South Brooklyn Legal Services. In addition to his extensive commitment to providing public interest based legal services, Mr. Mazaheri worked in the Middle East, North Africa division of Human Rights Watch and is fluent in Farsi.
Mr. Mazaheri received his BA from State University of New York at Stony Brook in Political Science and his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. As an Iranian-American Lawyer, Mr. Mazaheri remains active in the Iranian community.
FOUNDING PARTNER OF SETHI & MAZAHERI, LLC.
Sanjay Sethi is the co-managing partner at Sethi & Mazaheri, LLC, practicing in a wide range of areas, including family-based green cards, asylum, removal defense, Federal Court litigation, and appeals. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University, his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and his JD from the University of Miami School of Law. He also earned a Certificate in Russian and East Central European Studies from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University. Sanjay is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and the Southern District of New York. Recently, Sanjay co-founded the Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal services and resettlement assistance to artists who are censored or persecuted in their countries of origin.
He is currently serving as the interim Executive Director for AFI, where he has built and managed AFI’s legal program providing pro bono services globally to over one hundred artists at risk. Prior to founding Sethi & Mazaheri and AFI, Sanjay served as a prosecutor in Union County, New Jersey, and a law clerk in the criminal division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Sanjay’s interest in and commitment to public service are rooted in his work experience at the United Nations Children’s Fund and the International Labour Organization in Moscow, Russia, as well as at Columbia University’s Public Interest Law Initiative in Budapest, Hungary, where he served as a Research Fellow.Mr. Sethi received his BA from Northwestern University, his MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and his JD from the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. As an Indian-American Lawyer, Mr. Sethi remains active in the South Asian community.
Shervin Abachi is an Associate Attorney at Sethi & Mazaheri law firm, where he works with clients on a variety of immigration and entertainment matters. His practice includes employment-based temporary and permanent visa petitions for artists and entertainers (O Visa, P Visa, and EB-1 Visa), and legal research on various entertainment matters such as copyright, trademark, contracts, and artist agreements. He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he obtained an official Immigration Law Certificate. He also obtained an Art and Cultural Heritage Law Certificate from Georgetown University Law Center.
In addition to his role at Sethi and Mazaheri LLC, Shervin serves as a member of the board of advisors to Artistic Freedom Initiative, a nonprofit organization led by immigration and human rights attorneys facilitating pro bono immigration representation and resettlement assistance for international artists at risk. Moreover, he is a member of the Big Dance Theater board of directors, a New York City-based dance theater company known for its experimental theater works combining dance, drama, and literature. As an art enthusiast, he is the Director of the FOLCS International Short Film Competition at the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society at NYU School of Law (FOLCS), a human rights-themed short film competition, offering independent and emerging filmmakers the chance to screen their work in New York City and creatively engage the public in discussions regarding justice and popular culture.
Shervin has significant experience in civil rights advocacy and community-building purposes.
He has been the co-founder, and co-organizer of the Iranian Community of the Northeast (ICON) in early 2017, seeking justice for the underrepresented Iranian community in New York City.
In addition to English, he speaks fluent Farsi.
BUSINESS OPERATION AND CASE MANAGER
Ashley Nuñez serves as the business operation and case manager in our Jersey City and New York offices. Ashley is extremely passionate about attaining higher education and parallel to her role at Sethi and Mazaheri LLC, she pursues a legal degree as an evening law student at Rutgers Law School. Ashley has worked with non-profit organizations to improve the lives of underrepresented communities, specifically, new immigrants in the United States. She graduated from the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor’s Honors Program in May 2015 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. She has spent her time post-graduation traveling extensively and teaching in Madrid, Spain, and Franklin, TN. Ashley spends her time planning exotic vacations she can’t afford and park-hopping.
PARALEGAL AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Michael Ibarra serves as a Paralegal in our New York office. He graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Biology, after leaving the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education’s seven-year B.S./M.D. program. While his passion for medicine has waned, he has continued their mission of serving marginalized and underrepresented communities through his work in Sethi & Mazaheri’s green card, citizenship, asylum, and deportation defense practice areas. He hopes to revisit higher education at some point, although the thought of student loans still gives him violent heart palpitations. He should probably get those checked out. In his spare time, Michael likes to read, play mediocre piano covers, and wax nostalgic about gatherings of more than six people.
Amir works as an of counsel to Sethi & Mazaheri on topics related to the Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) regulations. He helps individuals to understand the restrictions put in place by OFAC. For instance, in many immigration cases, OFAC regulations come to play as there are transactions between the individual seeking to immigrate and her family in a country where the United States Government has imposed some restrictions. He also advises Sethi & Mazaheri clients on subjects like securing specific licenses, the applicability of general licenses, and how to reach out the Government agencies in cases related to sanctions. Licensed to practice in New York, Amir graduated from Fordham School of Law magna cum laude where he was mainly focused on banking and finance law. He has the experience of working with one of the major global financial institutions both in the United States and Europe. Prior to focusing his practice area on sanctions, he worked on immigration matters for a firm in New York City. In addition, he has been involved in helping the community members in small claims court on a pro bono basis. He served as a board member of the Iranian-America Bar Association (IABA), NY Chapter. Amir is interested in running and he has done several semi-marathons. His goal is to finish the New York marathon in the upcoming years.
Mirabella Roberts, or Bella for short, serves as a Legal Research Fellow in the New York City office. A recent graduate from Brown University with a B.A. in Literary Arts and Public Policy, Bella previously worked as the Executive Director of nonprofit Art to Reduce Mental Health Stigma. A native of Maryland, Bella loves to cook Georgian food, dance ballet, and compete in slam poetry competitions.
Sethi and Mazaheri’s summer legal Internship is designed to give law students an opportunity to serve in one of our field offices. Summer Legal Interns gain skills and knowledge regarding immigration laws and policies. Our summer legal internship program provides exposure to legal work and helps law students develop skills in legal research, writing briefs, and real-world lawyerly practice.
Konrad Ratzmann serves as a legal intern in the New York City office. He graduated from the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark in 2012, where he studied Anthropology with a focus on international conflict resolution and genocide prevention. Today, Konrad hopes to continue his work in these fields, but on a more direct and personal level. As a result, he is pursuing a law degree at the CUNY School of Law and intends to work in immigration, human rights, and international law. Konrad’s free time is spent playing bass, racing bikes, and running with his dog.
Nadia Bouajila serves as a legal intern in the Washington, DC office. Nadia is a rising 2L at American University Washington College of Law with interests in international human rights, immigration, civil rights, and criminal justice reform. Before attending law school, Nadia worked as a paralegal in a criminal defense firm in her home state of New Mexico and as a trainee at a public affairs firm in New York City specializing in campaigns for green energy companies, labor unions, and progressive higher education initiatives. As a first generation Tunisian-American, and daughter of an artist, Nadia was drawn to the asylum and talent-based visa work at Sethi & Mazaheri, LLC. In her free time, you can find Nadia learning to paddle board on the Potomac, playing pick-up soccer, or attending local language exchange events in hopes of finally achieving professional working proficiency in Arabic and French.
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