Meet Our Team
Ninaz Saffari has built an impeccable reputation as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles, and is renowned for being an extremely aggressive and effective trial lawyer. Devoting her entire career to criminal law, Ninaz Saffari’s law practice has been defined by taking on numerous high-profile cases. Since starting out as a Deputy Public Defender to pursuing a solo practice, she has proven herself to be a true believer who fights tirelessly for her clients. Her experience in defending hundreds of clients over the last 14 years, as well as in dozens of jury trials, has given her the knowledge and skill to successfully handle virtually any type of criminal case.
Since 2004, Ninaz Saffari’s practice has focused primarily on defending adults at jury trials and juveniles in court trials in Los Angeles. She has successfully represented defendants against all types of felonies and misdemeanors, including murder, sex crimes, crimes of violence, drug offenses, domestic violence, and DUI’s. Many of the clients she has successfully defended at trial were facing decades in prison or even life sentences. A number of clients were acquitted and released from jail after spending a year or more in custody. Ninaz Saffari takes great pride in defending each client with the same level of intensity, devotion, and professionalism, regardless of the charges.
Ninaz Saffari has made a name for herself in the Los Angeles legal community by taking on some of the most challenging and high-profile sex crimes cases. For example, because of her extraordinary efforts, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed all charges against her client Corey Stewart on the first day of trial after she proved that the two alleged rape “victims” had lied about their accusations. After spending 14 months in jail, Mr. Stewart walked out a free man, having established his innocence, in a case that garnered significant media attention. Ninaz Saffari has successfully defended many clients like Mr. Stewart whose cases other lawyers believed were unwinnable. She understands that a vigorous and skillful defense is particularly important in light of today’s “Time’s Up” and “Me, Too” movements where the accuser is automatically believed over the protestations of innocence by the defendant.
One of the keys to Ninaz Saffari’s outstanding case results and trial victories has been her thorough and relentless investigation of all the pertinent facts and witnesses. She is also highly skilled at arguing persuasively before both judges and juries and is always up-to-date on legal opinions from California courts that can help her clients.
Criminal Law Experience
In light of her vast experience and knowledge, Ninaz Saffari is often consulted by other senior criminal defense attorneys who need help strategizing on their own cases, as well as by media representatives who seek comment on major breaking news stories. She has appeared numerous times on national television as a legal expert on CBS News’ This Morning, CNN’s Headline News, and the FOX News Channel.
Her successful track record attests to her commitment to staying abreast of all important legal developments and cutting-edge investigative techniques, as well as her incomparable skill at cross-examining the prosecution’s witnesses, including police officers.
Educational and Professional Background
Ms. Saffari graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (the number-one public university in the U.S.) in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After working for several years as a paralegal for a major international corporate law firm in San Francisco, she pursued her dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney.
She enrolled in the prestigious Santa Clara University School of Law in Silicon Valley, California, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) in 2004.
During law school, she interned with J. Tony Serra, the legendary criminal defense and civil rights attorney in San Francisco. During this internship, Ms. Saffari worked with him on the successful 2004 acquittal of Rick Tabish following a murder conviction in the sensational death of Las Vegas casino mogul Ted Binion.
Also during law school, Ms. Saffari worked as a Law Clerk for the San Francisco County Office of the Public Defender, under District Attorney Jeff Adachi.
Working for Mr. Serra inspired her to become an outstanding and experienced trial attorney, which is why after graduating she worked as a Deputy Public Defender with the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office. She served as a Deputy P.D. for four years, during which she conducted more than 20 jury trials and 30 juvenile adjudication hearings. She defended everything from cases involving sex crimes and domestic violence to drug offenses and violent crimes. She also worked extensively at the Compton and Inglewood courthouses, as well as at the Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse.
In 2013, she joined the Shouse Law Group in L.A. as the firm’s Senior Trial Attorney and Managing Attorney. During that period, she tried many major criminal cases before juries.
In Spring 2016, she left Shouse to pursue a solo practice, with the vast majority of her cases coming from word-of-mouth, former clients or other attorneys who know her reputation. To date, she has been either the sole or lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials and 30 court trials (decided by a judge and not a jury).
She is licensed to practice law in all California state courts, as well as the federal Central District Court of Los Angeles. She speaks five languages, is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and German, and is proficient in Spanish.
Thomas J. Beck
Senior Case Manager
Mr. Beck joins The Saffari Law Group as the Senior Case Manager. Mr. Beck has spent over 23 years in the defense industry and worked for one of the largest consumer law firms in Arizona. Mr. Beck joins Saffari Law Group’s team bringing forth a dedication of excellence that consistently exceeds client’s expectations. Mr. Beck’s tenacity and hard work have earned the trust as a valuable member of a team focusing on first class service and a dedication of exceeding client expectations. Mr. Beck has limited his professional career exclusively to the Saffari Law Group. Mr. Beck is a critical member in the early development of client cases by carefully listening and working closely under the direct supervision of the Supervising Attorney is making sure that clients questions, concerns and paths to a successful result are maintained to the highest excellence. At Saffari Law Group we make certain that each client is given the best in customer service and we are available to our clients at all hours of the day and every day of the week. We strive to make each client feel like our only client and we promise to take the time and listen carefully about your case and work as a team to get the best result as possible.
Forensics Computer Specialist
Neil Broom is the President and Laboratory Director of the Technical Resource Center, Inc. As an expert witness, investigator, speaker, trainer, course director, and consultant in the fields of Computer Forensics, Cell Phone Forensics, Call Detail Records and Geolocation Analysis, Network and Computer Security, Information Assurance, and Professional Security Testing, he has over 25 years of experience providing investigative, technical, educational, and security services to the military, attorneys, law enforcement, the health care industry, financial institutions, and government agencies. He is a licensed California Private Investigator, Florida Private Investigator, Texas Private Investigator, Michigan Professional Investigator, Georgia Private Detective, and Georgia Private Detective Instructor. He is a qualified Expert Witness in Federal and State Courts and has been appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of Expert Witnesses. Neil Broom was the Developer of the Technical Resource Center’s JumpStart Computer Forensics (Applied Computer Forensics) course and the ProDiscover Certified Examiner training course and certification. He has provided training in the fields of Computer Forensics and Information Security to over 3,000 students in the US Government, US Military, US Intelligence Agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in the United States and abroad. Neil Broom coauthored a technical book in 2004 for Sybex Publishing titled Computer Forensics JumpStart. The book is a primer for anyone interested in entering the Computer Forensics field. The second edition of this book was released in 2011, with Broom as the Technical Editor. Neil Broom currently serves on the Ethical Standards Committee of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE) and previously served on the National Leadership Assembly of the American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery (ASDFED). Additionally, he is the past Chairman of the Digital Evidence Subcommittee for the International Association for Identification (IAI), a former member of the Delegate Assembly for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), and has been a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association. His past employment includes the U.S. Navy as a Submariner, the Gainesville Police Department as a Law Enforcement Officer, the S1 Corporation as a System Administrator, and Internet Security Systems (now a division of IBM) as a Security Trainer. In the fall of 2009, Neil Broom received the quarterly Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) Excellence Award from the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE), “For work in the field of computer forensics and representing the ISFCE and CCE designation in a positive manner.” Neil Broom holds multiple prestigious security certifications including: Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Mr. Broom was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Forensics and Digital Investigation and a Master of Science (MS) in Digital Forensic Management from Champlain College.