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Ernest Alexander Shahrestani

Business Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   1 review

also known as Alex Shahrestani

  • Licensed for 5 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ernest

Learn Ernest’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Business
    30%
    Incorporation, B2B contracts, employment contracts, copyright, trademark, internet law, terms of service, privacy policies, compliance, funding, licensing, government contracts, founders' agreements, and board services. Same services for nonprofits.

    5 years

  2. Internet
    30%
    Well-versed in Internet law, generally.

  3. Intellectual property
    20%
    Trademark and Copyrights

  4. Privacy
    20%

Based in Austin, Texas, Alex Shahrestani studied computer science as an undergrad and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas.

For the past several years Mr. Shahrestani has launched startups, served on boards, developed strategies, and increased funds for a prestigious network of business clients. His strengths are in developing business strategies - with a focus on technology startups and nonprofit organizations.

Alex is heavily involved in pro bono services, and was awarded the Pro Bono Beacon Award in three consecutive years, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He was also awarded admittance to the Texas State Bar's Pro Bono College for the same three years.

His pro bono work has involved supporting around a dozen different organizations, including educating children about their legal rights, training children for a mock trial before the Texas Supreme Court, providing businesses legal and consulting advice through the Texas C-Bar project, volunteering with Veterans Legal Services, and more.

Dedicated to technology law and policy early on, Alex founded one of UT Law's twelve academic journals, dedicated to the intersection of law and technology. The Journal of Law and Technology at Texas (JOLTT) is the newest Journal at UT Law, and the first new journal since the year 2000. ​

​Shahrestani Law provides free consultations to see if we can meet your needs. If it's determined that we cannot help you, then we will refer you to other attorneys in the Austin area who can. You can contact me here, or at .

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Location

Promise Legal ATX
2028 E Ben White Blvd
240-7210
Austin, TX, 78741

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Reviews

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Posted by Myzar | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Austin Attorney
During the time that I've know Alex, he's demonstrated an unmatched passion for the intersection of Law, Policy, and Technology. Having had the pleasure of working with Alex on several projects, I've seen firsthand how that passion translates into actions that deliver results. Alex's understanding of the field allows him to create an action plan that creates the best outcome for all the parties involved.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-10%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Shahrestani Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Founder
  • Lawtomation
  • 2017 - Present
  • Vice President
  • EFF-Austin
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founder
  • Journal of Law and Technology at Texas
  • 2015 - Present
  • President
  • Texas Law Fellowships
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Legislative Research Fellow
  • Senator Royce West
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Legal Fellow
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • SXSW
  • 2016 - 2016
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2018
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Orange Coast College
  • AA Philosophy/AS Computer Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Body Camera and Public Policy Negotiations with APD
  • Positive outcome, with most benefit to the privacy issues.

Associations

  • Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator, Professional Development Committee
  • Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology Section
  • Leadership Council
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Admission to the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2019
  • Torch of Justice
  • Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Beacon
  • Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program
  • 2018
  • Investment Competition Finalist
  • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
  • 2018
  • E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Award
  • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Beacon
  • Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program
  • 2017
  • Second Place Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
  • The Atlantic Council
  • 2017
  • Investment Competition Semi-Finalist
  • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
  • 2017
  • E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Award
  • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
  • 2017
  • Dean’s Achievement Award
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • 2017
  • Commendation
  • Texas Senate
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Beacon
  • Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Circuits (State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology Section Quarterly)
  • Automate My Practice
  • 2019
  • The Computer & Internet Lawyer
  • Ghosts in the Machine: Algorithmic Bias and the Courts
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • Unwarranted Surveillance
  • FISA
  • 2018
  • Longhorn Startup Demo Day
  • Demo Day
  • 2018
  • KUT No-Sit, No-Lie
  • Due Process
  • 2018
  • Blockchain Basics: Legal Implications and Business Viability
  • Blockchain
  • 2018
  • Todd and Don Show, KLBJ Radio
  • Self-Driving Cars and the Law
  • 2017
  • The Supreme Court and Constitutional Errors
  • Constitutional Law
  • 2017
  • Privacy Rights in the Classroom
  • Privacy Rights
  • 2017
  • P3M5: Privacy in 5 Minute Plays
  • Privacy
  • 2017
  • Immigration Laws
  • Immigration
  • 2017
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Ernest
Business Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of volunteering with this attorney and I seen him in action providing quality advice to individuals seeking business assistance. I highly endorse this lawyer. He has a superb work ethic and goes above and beyond to serve clients."
Business Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alex has a way of finding his way through any patch of weeds. He’s thorough, conscientious, and very in touch with the client’s needs. Alex places a high priority on communication with his clients, and keeps his eye on the future when developing solutions for them."
Business Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a top notch attorney who comes up with creative solutions for his clients. I'd recommend him to anyone!"
Business Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex bridges the gap between law, business, and technology. Alex will put his legal knowledge and enthusiasm for entrepreneurs at your disposal to find the ideal legal solutions for your business. I highly recommend Alex for your business and technology law needs."
Business Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is the attorney you should call for any business matter. He is an excellent, smart attorney that cares about the best interest of his clients. He works hard and long hours to get the best possible outcome. He is highly respected by other attorneys and regarded as a thought leader in his field. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex means knowledge. Alex is very passionate about Technology & related legal issues. One of his strengths is, he maintains his serenity in any kind of complicated situation. He is kind and highly knowledgeable. He is one among the very few lawyers who can boldly take up any kind of case related to Internet law, Entertainment law, Computer fraud, Copyright, Trademark, Privacy violations etc. Doesn’t matter if it is an initial simple business/website setup issue or issues related to government contracts, employment contracts or board services, Alex is the one I would go to. I endorse Alex."
Internet Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a very knowledgeable attorney. He is very familiar with internet law and has impressed me with his dedication and concern for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Alex to my friends and family!"
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a bright, dedicated, creative thinker. His grasp on the intersection between law and technology is truly impressive and I've seen him spin that know-how into many projects that are serving his community and the legal industry. This is exactly the kind of thinking that will help our profession progress."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ambitious, talented, and genuinely interested in others. I often hear it said that you can measure one's success by the amount of value they impart on those around them. If that's true then "Alex" will soon be a synonym for success. Since Alex and I have known one another he has exceeded standard expectations of professional decorum to let me know that he cares and is invested in my success. That's a luxury that doesn't come around often. What's more, Alex has a true passion for tech and all things startup--he totally nerds out on that stuff. All and all, suffice it to say that Alex is my go-to referral for business/tech/startup attorneys."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Alex for several years and seen his stellar legal work up close. He cares deeply about his clients and has a unique ability to see around corners for them, anticipating problems. He is also a very hard worker. I highly recommend him."
Internet Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Alex for several years now, and I've never met someone so dedicated to a vision and able to execute so thoroughly on it. His passion for technology law predates his legal career, but he will still rattle off facts with as much enthusiasm as when I first met him. He straddles a line between technology and law that allows him to talk law to tech people, in tech terms, yet talk tech to lawyers without losing them in the details. Whenever a legal issue arises involving tech, Alex should be at the top of everyone's list."
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Austin Business Lawyer Ernest Alexander Shahrestani
Ernest Alexander Shahrestani
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Austin, TX
Licensed for 5 years
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