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Pantea (pronounced Pawn-tee) is a Partner in the Litigation Department

Pantea focuses on fashioning and implementing creative approaches that maximize the needs of her clients, and the long term goals of their businesses. Pantea has an expertise in commercial and residential real estate and business litigation, including easement, property line, quiet title, tenant/landlord, construction, and disability access disputes. Pantea also has extensive experience in employment, intellectual property, and health care matters, and has practiced in both State and Federal courts.

Early in her career, Pantea 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. Prior to joining ECJPantea was a litigation associate at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Pantea received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Pantea received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she worked as an Editor for both the Negotiation Law Review and the Harvard Law RecordPantea currently serves on the Executive Board of the Harvard Law School Association (July 2019-Present), and previously served as the President of the Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles (January 2017-2019). Pantea has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020).

Representative Matters

  • Represented owners in tenant/landlord, easement, property line, partition, quiet title, trespass, construction, and nuisance lawsuits
  • Represented international developer in fraudulent transfer and contract dispute in connection with a twenty-million dollar property
  • Represented widow in probate dispute with stepchildren over residential and business properties inherited by widow from late husband
  • Represented landlord in breach of contract, equitable indemnity, and negligence claims against lessee
  • Represented client in lawsuit against real estate broker for fraud and extortion
  • Represented historical bagel company whose lease was being improperly terminated by their landlord, and succeeded in positioning the client to remain in and purchase the building
  • Represented business owner in hotly contested business valuation dispute involving multiple defendants and prevailed on a dispositive anti-SLAPP motion
  • Represented property owners of an industrial building in an easement dispute against their neighbors
  • Represented lenders in a claim of usury in connection with an $850,000 promissory note
  • Represented virtual reality content developers in partnership dispute and litigation involving stolen content, digital media for virtual reality devices, and equipment
  • Represented numerous celebrity interior designers in business and employment disputes
  • Represented international manufacturer and distributor of aerospace parts in nearly 600 person class action employment lawsuit
  • Represented a private hospital in merger with a university medical school to become a nationally distinguished academic medical center

Honors/Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2017-2019

  • Past, Southern California Rising Stars, various years

Past Employment

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

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Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Languages

  • Farsi

Bar Admissions

  • California

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Harvard Law School Association, Executive Board Member (July 2019 – Present)
  • Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles, President (January 2017 - 2019)
  • Legal Aid Foundation, Los Angeles, Past First Vice Chair – Associates’ Advisory Board
  • Step Up Women’s Network
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