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Mani Dabiri

Criminal defense Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Practice areas

Think Defense is professional law corporation that defends people and businesses in white-collar cases, blue-collar cases, and business litigation. That means we defend criminal cases at all points from pre-filing investigations to post-conviction appeals, and it means we litigate related, civil actions based on licensing, regulations, asset forfeiture, other government enforcement, and whistleblower allegations. We deliver excellence in representation, a commitment to your cause, and the best investigators, consultants, and experts in Southern California. We deliver, in other words, a legal team that makes every effort to obtain the right result for its clients. Every time.


Think Defense, APLC
1 Park Plaza, Suite 600
Irvine, CA, 92614-5987

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Posted by Mark | October 5, 2018
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From an attorney who needed an attorney
I have been a practicing attorney for 20 years and was referred to Mani Dabiri from a colleague to assist me in obtaining a restraining order. From first consult through successful judgement, Mani was top notch. Professional, knowledgable, available, understanding and efficient. These are the characteristics that make a great attorney stand out from a good attorney. Hopefully I never need to hire him again but if circumstances arise, he would be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2014
Mani Dabiri saved our family in 2012
I feel so privileged to have had such exemplary representation at what was the lowest point in my life. Mani quickly developed a sound legal strategy and implemented it successfully over the course of several months. Since I lived in another state, Mani had to advocate on my behalf. He made sure to minimize the number of times I had to fly in to physically appear. Mani was so compassionate to me and my wife throughout the entire process. He was able to work effectively with the court to secure the best possible outcome. Our kids would have had a very different future had their father and sole provider been incarcerated for years. Thank you Mani.
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Posted by Rani | October 28, 2014
Excellent lawyer
I retained Mani Dabiri in 2011 for my husband who was charged with drug related charges. He was very knowledgeable and always kept me informed throughout the process. My husband was due to get 10 years but Mani was able to reduce it to 3 years. He is very trustworthy and will do his best to defend you.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2014
Engaged and Competent
I hired Mani a few years ago to represent me in a drug possession case. He was extremely professional and helpful throughout the process, and was ultimately successful in getting the charges dismissed.
Posted by Mark | April 25, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
My personal experience dealing with Mani Dabiri was absolutely terrific and effortless. I had the first initial meeting to discuss my case and from that point on it was the Mani show. I never once had to ask what was going on, he kept me completely informed from start to finish, pushed for my overall outcome (innocent of course haha) and advised me on what should or should not be done on my behalf. Mani is worth every dollar that was spent and if I'm ever in need of a lawyers assistance in the future I know who I will be calling.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2014
I highly recomend Mani Dabiri
Mr. Dabiri is an excellent attorney. He is professional, ethical and sensitive to his clients situation. I highly recommend Mr. Dabiri. He helped me navigate uncharted legal waters successfully.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2011
Skilled and Knowledgeable
I have had several occasions to deal with Mr. Dabiri and found him to be knowledgeable and skilled. He takes the time to thoroughly discuss issues and attack a case from all possible angles.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2008
Knows his stuff!!!
This guy is a go getter but really he makes you feel really comfortable by keeping you informed and up to date on everything that is going on. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone as he is a real professional.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Think Defense, APLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Mani Dabiri
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Manuel L. Real
  • United States District Court
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. M.S.
  • Not guilty
  • People v. M.N.
  • Dismissed
  • United States v. V.S.
  • Sentence below 3.5 years
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iranian American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Communications Chair, Federal Career Service Division
  • 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • USC Law Alumni Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Persian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Coast Magazine
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • 2014
  • Annual Pro Bono Award
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • 2007
  • James C. Holbrook Award
  • Southern California Law Review
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County
  • Why We Defend People
  • 2012
  • L.A. County Bar Association
  • Dialogues on Freedom
  • 2012
  • Hope International University
  • Litigation in State Courts
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (25)
Endorse Mani
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a friend that had an emergency hearing coming up in a couple of days. Even though I am an attorney, finding a good attorney to handled a very specific kind of case can be hard to do sometimes. I called around but I knew instantly after speaking with Mani that he was going to do a great job. After my friend called him, Mani spoke with him for hours, getting comfortable with the full facts. My friend later told me that Mani was extremely thorough, and extremely passionate about his work, and most importantly seemed to genuinely care about the case. Long story short, Mani showed up to the emergency hearing and got a positive result for my friend. If it wasn't for Mani stepping in, I am not sure what would have happened to my friend. I 100% endorse Mani and would recommend any person to call him. Anthony Radogna, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mani Dabiri has a great ability to understand the tactics and strategy of both sides, which gives him and his clients a substantial advantage inside and outside the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mani as a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney's Office. Not only is he an exceptionally talented attorney he is a class act."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mani is a sharp and hard-working attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mani and fully endorse his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mani. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mani is highly intelligent, extremely well-organized, and very articulate. I would not hesitate to refer Mani to my own clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mani is an experienced, thoughtful and well-prepared attorney who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone needing zealous representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mani Dabiri is a great advocate for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mani is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. With both federal and state prosecution experience, he has the experience to handle any type of criminal matter."
White collar crime Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mani is the perfect blend of intellectual prowess and relentless. Mani has an eloquent aggressiveness that helps him in any situation."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In the instances I have had an opportunity to work with Mani he has been knowledgeable, responsive, and extremely efficient and effective. I would highly recommend him for any criminal matters in California and beyond. He is a lawyer's lawyer. A top notch guy and a top notch lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mani is a diligent, ethical and motivated Defense Attorney who achieves outstanding results for his clients. I have seen him in action as he makes himself available for clients and makes sure their interests are protected."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mani is a knowledgeable, trust worthy and diligent attorney whom I trust and respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mani is smart, conscientious, thorough and humble. He is the connsumate professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Mani Dabiri as a criminal defense attorney. As a criminal tax defense attorney myself, I recognize the depth and value of his experience and his readily apparent dedication to mitigating his client’s criminal prosecution exposure. I anticipate teaming with Mani in the near future in situations where a while collar crime is coupled with criminal tax exposure which is all too common these days."
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Irvine Criminal defense Lawyer Mani Dabiri
Mani Dabiri
Criminal defense Attorney
Irvine, CA