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Shayan Modarres
Legal Counsel at the National Iranian American Council

Shayan Modarres is civil rights activist and trial lawyer. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Florida and the Washington Metropolitan area, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and has successfully held bad actors in law enforcement accountable for civil rights violations and misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as legal counsel to the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a civil rights attorney, Mr. Modarres ran for Congress in 2014, winning over 30% of the vote in the Democratic primary and earning endorsements from the Orlando Sentinel, several state legislators, and labor unions. Stories of injustice, racial disparity, discrimination, and inequality across the nation continue to fuel his commitment to civil rights and social justice reform. Mr. Modarres currently serves as Legal Counsel to the National Iranian American Council, the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the United States.