Sahar Shiralian is an associate practicing in the firm’s employment and labor group. Sahar represents clients in actions alleging race, age, sex, sexual orientation, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, whistleblower retaliation, and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and California wage and hour regulations. Sahar’s employment litigation experience includes both single-plaintiff and class action claims, including PAGA lawsuits. Sahar has defended and worked with a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 and small businesses, private and public companies, entertainment and corporate clients, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals. Her practice also covers providing advice and counsel with respect to employee relations, hiring, employee separation, internal investigations, general compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws, wage and hour audits, and workplace safety matters (which recently includes COVID-19 compliance). Her practice also focuses on transactional aspects of employment law such as drafting employee handbooks, personnel policies, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, and other types of employment agreements. In addition, she has experience in providing due diligence support in corporate acquisition and merger transactions.
Sahar earned her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude. During undergrad, she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, an editor for the Humanities Research Journal, and served as Editor-in-Chief for the Undergraduate Law Journal.
A California kid through and through, Sahar went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. While in Los Angeles, she competed in the Arbitration Moot Court Competition and won American Jurisprudence Awards for Criminal Law and Legal Research and Writing. She also founded several organizations that continue her legacy on USC’s campus including the Art Law Society, the Entertainment Law Society, and the USC Entertainment Law Spotlight publication of which she also served as editor-in-chief.
Sahar has represented both public and private clients and amassed an impressive book of business, especially in the entertainment, hospitality, and restaurant industries. She brings a great deal of knowledge and experience in these spaces — having worked at Starz Entertainment in Beverly Hills as a Business & Legal Affairs Intern and several other entertainment law firms in Los Angeles. Sahar is also a polyglot – proficient in Farsi and Turkish, and fluent in French and English. She also enjoys the arts ranging from Shakespeare to independent film and opera.
Los Angeles Lawyer, “How Fares Hospitality in COVID-19?” (2020)
USC Entertainment Law Spotlight, “Not Just Your Muse: Unmasking Sexual Capitalism in Hollywood” (2018)
UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Journal, “Arthur Symons and Decadent Lyric” (Fall 2014)
UCLA Undergraduate Law Journal, “Incorporating Human Rights in Counterterrorist Measures” (2011)