Table of Contents
- Shahrzad Majdameli
- Iranian Lawyer and International Consultant
- OSHA Issues New Guidelines for Whistleblower Case Settlements
- Local EB-5 VISA Fraud
- One-year statute of limitations – Embezzlement
- National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
- Federal Anti-kickback Statutes
- Regulatory Compliance: It’s the Little Things…
- Fair Chance – Washington
- WA Consumer Protection Law applies extraterritorially
- Collapse of building for insurance purposes
- Waiver Under Washington’s Deed of Trust Act Permitted Where Technical Violations Did Not Harm Plaintiff
Iranian Lawyer and International Consultant
Shahrzad Majdameli works in the Tollefsen Law International Law Division as an of counsel Iranian lawyer. Her practice is focused on offshore energy, export control, and international business law, with a particular emphasis on Middle Eastern commercial matters.
Ms. Majdameli offers unique skills including 7 years as a licensed Iranian lawyer in Tehran, fluency in Farsi (Iranian) and English, and Arabic reading skills. She has a LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) in U.S. and Global Business Law from Suffolk University Law School of Boston Massachusetts and a LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Majdameli assists Iranian clients with compliance issues related to sanctions programs administrated by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). She advises Iranians with transfer of assets from Iran to United States and assists with obtaining necessary licenses from OFAC authorizing otherwise prohibited transactions.
Ms. Majdameli began her legal career with the International Law Office Dr. Behrooz Akhlaghi & Associates in Tehran, Iran advising numerous multinational corporations with registration, licensure and compliance matters. She has extensive experience in Iranian contract law and in navigating the complexities of the Iranian Civil and Commercial Codes. She has successfully represented clients before Iranian judges at both the trial and appellate level. She has worked on consultation with the Middle East & North Africa Consultation Association (MENACA) with businesses operating in the Middle East. Ms. Majdameli has experience working on nuclear energy issues under the laws of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. Shahrzad has worked as a volunteer in Earthpace of Maryland researching shale gas and its environmental implications.
Since 2009, Ms. Majdameli has worked as volunteer with the World Bank Group of Washington, D.C. providing data and analysis for th the annual World Bank Group research on Iranian business regulations. She also is an expert contributor to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report and the Women, Business and Law Report.
Telephone: 202-999-4430 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 614.
Attorney at Law, Tehran, Iran, July, 2006
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Energy and Environmental Law, August 2013, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC. Shahrzad is a visiting scholar at George Washington University Law School assisting the Law School in a project related to environmental compliance and enforcement.
Master of Laws (LL.M.), US and Global Business Law, May 2012, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA. The classroom instruction was at Eötvös Loránd University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem) in Budapest, Hungary (established 1635).
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Faculty of Law and Political Science, February 2005, University of Alameh Tabatabai, Tehran, Iran.
Middle East & North Africa Consultation Association (MENACA): Washington, D.C.; Intern, August 2013 – October 2013 – Supporting consultation to firmsdoing business with Middle Eastern economies.
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Washington, D.C.; Contract Attorney, June 2013 to September 2013. Assisting firm on nuclear energy issues under the laws of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.
Earthpace: Maryland; Consultant, March 2013 – May 2013 Researched shale gas and its environmental implications.
World Bank Group: Washington D.C.; Expert Contributor to Doing Business report, 2009 to present Expert Contributor to Women, Business and the Law report, 2010 to present. Provide data and analysis for annual World Bank Group research on Iranian business regulations.
International Law Office Dr. Behrooz Akhlaghi and Associates, Tehran, Iran; Legal Counsel, June 2006 – March 2012:
Experienced in the areas of international trade law, civil law, commercial law, energy law, oil and gas, foreign investment, commercial projects, project finance, labour law, and litigation
Worked on several major projects and cases and cooperated with international law firms, participated in meetings, prepared and drafted legal opinions and gave legal advice
Took part in court sessions, prepared the defense bill, and defended client rights in court
Completed registration of foreign companies’ branch and/or representative offices before the Corporate Registration Bureau
Assisted on airline and shipping cases and various legal issues Law Office of Mr. Saleh Nikbakht, Tehran, Iran
Trainee at Law, October 2003 – January 2009, Tehran; Took part in court sessions, drafted defense bills, took part in negotiation meetings with clients, and handled local cases on issues related to property law, commercial law, and family law
Central Iranian Bar Association, Tehran, Iran; Administrative Assistant, December 2005 – April 2006: Prepared and filed applications of lawyers admitted to the Bar Association Exam
Selected Publications and Presentations
“Foreign Investment and Nuclear Energy Issues Under the Law of Saudi Arabia, January, 23, 2014, East King County Bar Association, EKBA-TL-International-Seminar
“Foreign exchange transactions in Iran,” Global Share Plans newsletter, January 2011
“Labor Law of Iran, Getting the Deal Through,” October 2009
“New amendment in Labor Law of Iran,” Gozaresh, March 2009
“New Amendment in Labor Law of Iran,” International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) Circular, July 2007
Honors and Awards
Certificate for participation in the Seminar on US-Export and Re-Export Controls, US-Sanctions and Embargoes hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce of Austria with cooperation of Baker & McKenzie in November 2011 in Vienna, Austria
Regulatory penalties can be devastating for a company, yet many companies, especially small companies, fail to plan for or devote resources to regulatory compliance. These companies can be confused and incredulous when they become the focus of investigations or sanctions and may delay responding until their very existence is at stake. Proper counsel can help companies understand regulators’ focus which helps them to prepare for and address compliance issues in a timely manner.
Under the CPA an out-of-state plaintiff may bring a claim.against a Washington corporate defendant for allegedly deceptive acts. Similarly, an out:of-state plaintiff may bring a CPA claim against an out-of-state defendant for the allegedly deceptive acts of its in-state agent.