Dr. Shirin O. ENTEZARI
After completing requirements for a L.L.B. at the National University of Iran Law Center in
Tehran, Iran, Dr. Entezari completed a Masters in Comparative Law at Georgetown
University Law Center in Washington, D.C. specializing in international trade and business
law. Thereafter, she completed the International Private Law Program at The Hague and
also attained a J.D. degree from Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Entezari is
admitted to the bars of Iran, Washington, D.C. and Illinois.
Prior to establishing her law firm in Washington, D.C. and subsequently in Tehran Iran, Dr.
Entezari was an associate with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, Illinois. She also
co-founded a law firm in Iran, Dr. Kordestani & Associates, to deal with international
corporate and financial matters, and assisted Powers & Hall, a Boston-based corporate law
firm, in establishing their Washington, D.C. office. In these various capacities, Dr. Entezari
advised U.S., European and Asian companies on legal matters involving the Middle East and
In addition to her law practice, Dr. Entezari was an adjunct professor of law at George
Washington University National Law Center, where she taught Near East and Middle
East Law (Islamic Law). She is the Past Vice- Chair of the Middle Eastern Law
Committee of the American Bar Association, and a member of the panels of the
International Chamber of Commerce, the German Institution of Arbitration, the
American Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the
Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration, and the Korean
Commercial Arbitration Board. She was on the advisory board of the Journal of
International Law and Practice of the Detroit College of Law and served on the Board of
Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She has also written articles for
International Business Lawyers, The Middle East Executive Reporter, and Russian and
Commonwealth Business Law Report, Journal of International Arbitration, and Caspian
Crossroads, on such topics as the Islamization of Iran's banking system, the Joint Stock
Company Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Iranian Arbitration Proceedings, and
Regional Economic Developments in the Middle East and Central Asia (ECO). Dr.
Entezari is a frequent speaker on various legal topics including doing business in Iran,
international arbitration, export control law, and legal issues concerning Iran,
Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan.
Dr. Entezari is fluent in Farsi, Azeri, and English.