Ali Rahnama is a civil rights attorney and a social justice advocate. He litigates cases involving civil and consumer rights, corporate fraud, discrimination, and government misconduct. He also represents clients before government agencies, administrative courts, and various legislative entities, and often advises clients seeking change in government policies.
As PAAIA’s Legislative Counsel Mr. Rahnama serves as a key legal, policy and strategic advisor to the Executive Director and members of the senior management and Board. He provides essential legal and legislative advice to promote the interests of the Iranian American community by maintaining productive relationships with local and national policymakers. He is involved in crafting and advocating appropriate policy positions on various issues indispensable to the community under auspices of PAAIA.
Mr. Rahnama previously worked as an attorney advisor and legislative counsel to the DC government. As a government attorney, he litigated and mediated cases appealing government actions or policies. He also advised the government and its personnel on the constitutionality and credibility of its policies and practices. As a legislative counsel, Mr. Rahnama successfully drafted several pieces of legislation, working closely in conjunction with other agencies and local and federal legislators.
Mr. Rahnama has worked with a number of African governments and non-government actors in order to improve local legal processes and to assist them in prosecuting human and civil rights violations in regional courts. He has also worked for the UN special rapporteur for crimes against humanity, drafting several clauses of a proposed Convention on Crimes Against Humanity for submission to the UN International Law Commission.
Mr. Rahnama, a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, focused his legal education on jurisprudence, comparative constitutional law, and human and civil rights advocacy. While in law school, he worked as a Research Assistant where he analyzed comparative constitutional law issues, and advised two North African nations on drafting and revising their constitutions. He was also a recipient of Pro Bono Award Pledge for his commitment to community service and working with underrepresented communities.