Sanaz Payandeh focuses her practice on complex litigation matters as well as providing strategic counseling to companies regarding regulatory investigations and compliance. Ms. Payandeh also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights, patient autonomy, and asylum matters. 

She first joined the firm as a summer associate in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Payandeh was a legal intern for Human Rights Watch, where she provided legal advisement on national security policies and their implications for human rights. As an intern for the Center for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, she worked on international tax matters, including a G20-initiated project to counter the tax avoidance strategies of multinational companies. She previously worked as a legal assistant in the international arbitration department of another multinational law firm and an intern in the Section of Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO.

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  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2019

      Pro Bono Honors with Highest Distinction

      Certificate of Specialization in International Law, Public Interest and Social Justice Certificate

      Article Editor, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Chapter Co-Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

    • MA, Political Science, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2015

      magna cum laude
    • BA, International Development Studies, French, minor in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • New York

  • Languages

    • French

    • Persian