Robert Abiri

Mr. Abiri began his legal career in tort defense litigation for a regional civil defense firm in Irvine, before moving to Best Best & Krieger to specialize in civil defense litigation. During his time with Best Best & Krieger, Mr. Abiri participated in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation research and evaluation, through mediations and settlement conferences, and concluding in trials and appellate proceedings.

Handling personal injury cases from both sides, Mr. Abiri brings in a unique prospective to every lawsuit that allows maximum recovery for his clients. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Abiri represented many public entities such as cities, counties and other public associations defending various types of personal injury claims. Now on the Plaintiff’s side, Mr. Abiri uses his past knowledge and experience from the defense side to achieve optimal results for his clients in their time of need.

Mr. Abiri practices in all areas of litigation including tort defense (i.e. negligence, wrongful death, personal injury), breach of contract issues, business disputes, constitutional rights violations, real property disputes, inverse condemnation, wrongful termination, nuisance abatement actions, medical marijuana and landlord-tenant/unlawful detainer actions.

Some of Mr. Abiri’s accomplishments include:

  • Named by Super Lawyers to its Southern California Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for six consecutive years (2012 – 2017). No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in Southern California are selected to the Rising Stars list.
  • Highest ranking category at Avvo, with a rating of “Superb.” (Avvo Profile)
  • First-chairing four trials to verdicts in favor of his clients
  • Second-chairing another trial which yielded a judgment in excess of $1,000,000 for his client on a breach of contract issue
  • Negotiating a multi-party, multi-million dollar land development deal on behalf of a Redevelopment Agency
  • Collaborating on amici curiae briefs – including one amicus brief that supported a published opinion in the California Supreme Court. (See Professional Engineers in California Government v. Kempton (2007) 40 Cal.4th 1016.)
  • Authoring an article in the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal news provider, regarding the controversial effects of Proposition 51 (View Article)
  • Providing research assistance to Professor Steven A. Bank of UCLA School of Law in his drafting and publication of The Dividend Divide in Anglo-American Corporate Taxation, 30 Journal of Corporation Law 1-50 (2004) (View Article)
  • Providing research assistance to Professor Diane Marie Amann of UC Davis School of Law in her drafting and publication of John Paul Stevens, Human Rights Judge, 74 Fordham Law Review 1569 (2006) (View Article)
  • Serving as an update author for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), specificallyCalifornia Tort Guide, 3rd Edition and California Tort Damages, 2nd Edition.

Mr. Abiri received his Bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, graduating cum laude. He continued his studies at the UCLA School of Law to receive his Juris Doctorate degree in 2005 and gives back to the community as well.  He volunteers during his free time to both legal and non-legal organizations. For example, Mr. Abiri has served as a judge in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program for young students, participates in the UCLA Law Alumni Mentor Program as a mentor for current law students, and has also volunteered at Back to Natives, a local environmental habitat restoration program.

Currently, Mr. Abiri is admitted to practice in the states of California, New York and Washington D.C.