OUR INNOVATIVE TEAM
"I love and respect entrepreneurs and will go out of my way to help secure their Intellectual Properties including patents and trademarks"
For the past 21 years, David Jafari has been litigating in excess of 100 civil cases in both state and federal courts in California, Texas, Washington D.C., Illinois, North Dakota, and before the International Trade Commission and the Hauge. His role as the lead trial attorney has prepared him to be an advocate unlike any you have ever met. Those who have underestimated his abilities and passion for fighting to the bitter end and winning at all costs have done so at their own peril and have often found their names on the wrong part of their company's check, i.e., at the bottom as the signer!
Although David Jafari's education and his experience as a computer hardware engineer originally led him into the field of intellectual property law as a registered patent attorney, he soon determined that his true passion lies in the courtroom. After graduating cum laude from law school in 1999, he worked for one of the largest international law firms in the U.S., and developed his patent litigation skills under the supervision of such great trial attorneys as Ray Lupo and Donna Tanguay of McDermott, Will & Emery in Washington D.C. He was assigned to work on the firm's most important technology clients: Intel, Micron Technologies, Broadcom, Intergraph Corporation, Medtronics, and Hitachi Digital systems. His knowledge of computer architecture, memory, CPU, computer communications networks and his sharp analytical skills as well as his skills as a great communicator made him a rising star!
In 2005, he founded his firm, Jafari Law Group, which at first focused on both procurement and enforcement of patent and trademark rights. The firm soon developed a loyal client base comprising of manufactures such as Viking Access Systems, T-RexGrilles, PrimeTech, and SprintRay , Electronics distributors such as Kenex Pro and Sourceability, e-commerce companies such as SameSurf, EuroCuisine, and SokSystems, and many other start-ups and entrepreneurs. The firm later expanded its practice area into business litigation, including shareholder dissolution actions, corporate compliance, breach of licensing and contract cases, and employment litigation. In 15 years, the firm has filed in excess of 500 patent applications both in the United States as well as internationally. The firm has also obtained numerous trademark registrations on behalf of its clients and has handled both patent infringement and trademark infringement actions representing plaintiffs and defendants across various federal courts in the United States.
David Jafari has had an unmistakable passion for representing the underdog and he has satisfied that passion by accepting contingency representation of employees fired or mistreated at their jobs because they were harassed sexually or otherwise such as because of their disability, retaliated against because they had reported the employer's unlawful conduct, i.e., whistleblower litigation, discriminated against because of their race, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or religion or had been victims of wage theft by an employer who violated wage orders and labor laws such as overtime, meal and rest break violations, etc. For the last 10 years, David Jafari has litigated, and arbitrated employment cases against such fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, UPS, Rockwell International, General Atomics, Unger Fabrics, Aztech Engineering, Kohl's, Vons, BMW of North America, McDonalds, Burger King, Seasons Hospice, and many more collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement for his clients' cases. In this endeavor, David Jafari has faced off fearlessly with many of this country's largest and most powerful labor law firms such as Fisher & Phillips, Sheppard Mullin, Ogletree Deakins, Seyfarth Shaw, Littler, Jackson Lewis, Mintz Levin, and many more less known firms.
David Jafari is also an immigrant. He arrived in the United States in 1978 and attended George Washington University. He completed his B.S. and Masters degree in electrical engineering and completed his course work towards his PhD. He worked for Gould Electronics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was the founder of several start-ups the most successful of which LaserShip became a multi million dollar shipping and logistics enterprise in the east coast. David Jafari also conducts meditations for IVAMS, and is a panel fee arbitrator for the Orange County Bar. He is also an adjunct professor of law teaching Intellectual property law at his alma mater Western State University, College of Law. He has been married for over 25 years, has two children, and in his spare time, he likes to run, cook, and write poetry!
The George Washington University
Western State University, College of Law
Western State University, College of Law (2019)
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
AWARDS & HONORS
- Winner of six American Jurisprudence Awards for:
Contracts, Civil Procedure, Negotiations, Evidence, Remedies and UCC
- Recognized for Excellence,
July 2010 Rising Stars
- Supreme Court of the State of California;
- United States District Court; Southern District of California
- United States Court of Appeals; The District of Columbia
- United States District Court; The District of Columbia
- United States District Court; Central District of California
- United States Court of Appeals; The Federal Circuit
- District of Columbia; Court of Appeal
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Nomadix, Inc. v. SolutionInc Technologies Ltd.M; Case No. CV10-0381AHM (US District Court, Central District of California; Filed January 19, 2010; Judge Dean D. Pregerson) Represent defendant in this patent infringement lawsuit involving network gateway devices. Our firm substituted in for SolutionInc's former counsel. Read plaintiff's complaint. Read our opposition to plaintiff's application to disclose confidential material. Opposing counsel: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, John B. Sganga, Jr., Douglas G. Muehlhauser, Perry D. Oldham, Mark Lezama, and Alan G. Laquer.
- Hewlett-Packard v. Intergraph Hardware Technologies Co, Intergraph Corp. v. Dell Computer Corp., Civil Action No. 2:02CV 312 (US District Court, Eastern District of Texas; Filed 2002). Represented Intergraph Corporation as part of core team of attorneys in patent infringement lawsuits involving multi-processor computer systems with cache memory coherency and updating technology.
- Certain Data Storage Systems, ITC Inv. No. 337 TA 471 (2003) • Represented respondent Hitachi Ltd as part of a core team of attorneys against Complainant EMC in this section 337 investigation involving computer data storage systems for the sharing, management and protection of large amounts of data and information. The asserted EMC patents were directed to Remote Data Mirroring, Data Migration, Disk Mapping and Data Retrieval for automatically providing and maintaining data at a remote site. The EMC products that practiced the inventions included EMC Symmetricx Data Storage.
Saul Acherman is an attorney licensed in California. He focuses on intellectual property matters. Mr. Acherman began his legal career with Jafari Law Group during the early days of the firm’s establishment in 2005 as a paralegal. He worked on patent and trademark matters, and returned in 2013 where he continues to work on all aspects of intellectual property, including procurement, licensing, and litigation.
Mr. Acherman is also a registered patent attorney licensed to practice in patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (registration number 72,898). He is also involved with other business and civil litigation matters including business formation, contracts, and employment matters, and is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
After receiving a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, Mr. Acherman earned a JD from Northwestern California University, Sacramento. He went on to study Physics, with an emphasis on Computational Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before returning to California to practice law. As a native of Colombia, Mr. Acherman is also fluent in Spanish.
University of Southern California
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Northwestern California University School of Law
- State Bar of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- Member of Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association
- Member of Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association
- OCBA - Employment Law Section Member
- OCBA - Intellectual Property & Technology Section Member
Gene Rodriguez is Of Counsel to Jafari Law Group. He is an Attorney licensed in California and is registered as a Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Gene has a strong background in intellectual property law, copyright litigation, patent law, as well as general litigation.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University, College of Law, where he was President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.
Gene received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. His technical experience includes semiconductor manufacturing and assembly technologies, monolithic and hybrid integrated circuits design, microwave and radiofrequency electronic components, electro-mechanical engineering, aircraft control technology, forward-looking infrared technology, and optics applications.
His community service includes performing pro bono adoptions for the Los Angeles County Adoption Project and volunteer work on the Measure M Citizen’s Oversight Committee and the Citizen Advisory Committee to the Orange County Transportation Authority. Gene is a former Captain in the U.S. Army and is married and has two daughters.
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Western State University
- State Bar of California
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO
- Captain, U.S. Army
Zaher Fallahi, Attorney At Law, CPA, has extensive experience in tax law and controversy. Zaher Fallahi has earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD), and is admitted to the California Bar Association. Before establishing his own firm, Mr. Fallahi worked in private industry, major professional firms and a large government agency. He has closely associated with other tax and estate planning attorneys since 1992.
The firm's services include Tax Audit Representation, Report of Foreign Bank Accounts (FBAR), Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, , Federal Tax Liens/Levies, Employment Tax, Innocent Spouse Relief, Non-Filed Tax Returns, Offer-In-Compromise (OIC), Incorporation and Dissolution of Businesses, Estate Planning, pre-immigration tax planning, and Immigration Investment visas; L-1, EB-2, EB-3 and EB-5.
Zaher Fallahi advises Persian-American clients on the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Regulations regarding Iran from both legal and tax viewpoint. He has a radio talk show in Farsi in Los Angeles on this matter.
Mr. Fallahi testifies before the court on tax issues and advises clients on tax-advantageous settlement agreements within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. And, assists the winning parties with taxability of their settlement and awards, and the losing parties with tax deductibility of their judgment and legal fees. He has offices in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
National Iranian Oil Company (Petroleum University of Technology)
BSC in Accountancy
Pacific Coast University School of Law
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Master of Science in Accounting (MS)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- State Bar of California
Continuing Education Presentations before:
- American Academy of Attorney-CPAs
- California Society of CPAs
- Orange County Bar Association
- Pars Equality Center, Irvine, California
- California Society of Tax Consultants, Orange County
- Orange County Legal Aide
- Iranian American Bar Association ( San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego)
- Iranian International Lawyers Association ( Los Angeles)
- California Journal of Tax Litigation, 2014, Revision to Treasury Circular 230
- ABA GSA, Tax and Legal Implication of Business Entities
Randy Fenton is a registered Patent Agent specializing in all matters regarding the US and foreign patent prosecution, including preparing patent applications, preparing responses to office actions, conducting examiner interviews, conducting prior art searches, and evaluating search results.
Mr. Fenton’s areas of technical expertise include: Electronics, RF/Microwave, Software Systems, Backend, and Frontend Computer Systems, Mobile Applications, Solar, Medical Devices, Stem Cell, Drones, Data Processing Systems, Machine Learning, Complex Mechanical Devices and Systems, Lighting/LED Devices and Systems, Complex Water Display Components and Systems, Control Systems, Food Packaging, Cannabis, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality.
Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, Randy was a Senior Electrical Engineer in the high tech and aerospace industries for 15 years. During his last 5 years in the industry, Randy served as a consultant to major corporations such as Intel, IBM, Samsung (South Korea), LG, Dell, Texas Instruments, TSMC (Taiwan), UMC (Taiwan), Hewlett Packard, and others.
In addition, Randy has invented and successfully brought to market several products through companies he has founded. Given this, he has vast experience with product development, manufacturing, supply chain management, sales and marketing, customer service, and product fulfillment.
He currently holds 4 US patents and has several patents pending.
- “Validation of On-Wafer Vector Network Analyzer Systems”
- “Vector Corrected Power Sensor Calibration System”
- “Verification of the Noise Parameter Equipment”
- “On-Wafer Measurements at Millimeter-Wave Frequencies”
- “Noise Parameter Data Comparison Varying On-Wafer S-Parameter Calibration Techniques”
Registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Registration No. 75,480.
Born and raised here in Orange County, Charles Kaupke joined Jafari Law Group in October 2018 as a paralegal in the firm’s employment litigation department. Charles is involved in all phases of the employment litigation process, including drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, filing motions, and preparing for trial.
After earning his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College with an emphasis in philosophy, Charles completed a number of research-intensive internships in Washington, D.C., and Michigan. Shortly before joining Jafari Law Group, Charles earned his paralegal certification from the University of California, Irvine with a 4.0 GPA.
His hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, weightlifting, and volunteering at his church.
Thomas Aquinas College
B.A. Liberal Arts, 2011
University of California, Irvine
Paralegal Certificate, 2017
Sarah Jacot obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Writing at the California State University of San Marcos in 2015 and obtained her Paralegal certificate at the University of California, Irvine in 2019 She has worked in various law settings including estate planning law, criminal law, immigration, and now employment law. Some of her volunteer experience involves assisting self-represented litigants in child custody and dissolution cases and helping formerly incarcerated individuals dismiss misdemeanor records in order to apply for jobs. She also has a background in the medical setting having worked as a medical scribe and CNA while in college. Sarah hopes to gain more experience in the legal field as well as the business side of the firm before deciding what the next steps of her career is.
In her spare time, Ms. Jacot enjoys solo traveling, working out, experimenting with makeup/skincare, and hanging out with her partner, Javi, and their french bulldog, Rocko. Sarah is a huge Lakers fan.
"I firmly believe in the old adage, 'what goes around, comes around'! Human decency, compassion, and kindness are the values by which I live my life!"
Cici founded and managed her own business for over 20 years prior to joining Jafari Law Group. She is an artist at heart but appreciates the importance of administering various aspects of running a well-oiled machine. She has extensive experience in bookkeeping and accounting and manages the firm’s accounting, state and federal taxes, human resources, and regulatory compliance matters. She is the glue that keeps the office together.
Cici is an avid spinner, loves flowers, painting, and cooking. She is married with two kids, and as a team mom has attended more than 500 of her son’s basketball games in middle school, and high school.
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