Pantea Yashar, Partner

Hi, I’m Pantea Yashar

Pantea Yashar’s practice covers an array of commercial litigation and advisory matters, including breach of contract, negligence, fraud, unfair business practice, defamation, insurance coverage, real estate, class action, securities, bankruptcy, civil rights, and employment disputes.

Ms. Yashar has represented clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

Ms. Yashar began her career as a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she represented one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. in a SEC investigation, securities fraud class action, and myriad derivative lawsuits. Prior to joining ECJ, Ms. Yashar served as Special Deputy Prosecutor for the City Attorney’s Office of Hermosa Beach, where she first chaired misdemeanor cases through verdict, and lectured on trial advocacy.

Ms. Yashar received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. Ms. Yashar received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 2004, where she worked as an Editor for both the Negotiation Law Review and the Harvard Law Record.

Ms. Yashar has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 Southern California Rising Stars list and has been selected to the 2013 list of Top Women Attorneys – Southern California’s Outstanding Young Women Lawyers by American Registry.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, 2001
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • “The ‘New’ Reality of Criminal Background Checks,” Employment Law Reporter, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, July 2012
  • “Improving Civil Justice in Rural California: A Report of the California Commission on Access to Justice,” September 2010 (Rural Advisory Committee Member)
  • “California’s Unique Rules on Restrictive Employment Covenants and the Potential for Extra-Territorial Effect,” Inter-Pacific Bar Association Journal, December 2007 (co-authored)
  • “Action Plan For Justice: A Report of The California Commission on Access to Justice,” April 2007 (Action Plan Working Group and Advisory Panel Member)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Legal Aid Foundation, Los Angeles
    Past First Vice Chair – Associates’ Advisory Board
  • Step Up Women’s Network


  • Farsi

Past Employment Positions

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Los Angeles, California, Litigation Associate

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