Siamak Vaziri is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, where he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy. After graduating law school, Siamak worked as an associate in a downtown insurance defense firm. He represented clients in matters involving auto accident and premises liability defense. He worked hand in hand with insurance adjuster and claims representative in litigation matters.
In 2006, Siamak opened Vaziri Law Group. He dedicated and concentrated 100% of his practice towards representing injured people. With a thorough understanding of how to defend cases, he utilizes that skill set in effectively representing harmed and injured people. Siamak is a big believer in the justice system and aggressively and effectively pursues every avenue of recovery for his clients. Siamak takes pride in personally reviewing every case the firm handles and is always available for his clients.
Siamak lives in Brentwood, California with his wife and two children. He is an avid Laker fan and enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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Mark Giannamore is a partner at Vaziri Law Group, A.P.C.
Mark is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1985. Mark is licensed to practice in all State and Federal courts in California.
Prior to Joining Vaziri Law Group, Mark worked as an insurance defense attorney for over 25 years at some of the most respected and prestigious firms in Southern California. Mark brings a unique perspective to the Plaintiffs bar based on his extensive defense background. Mark is a seasoned trial attorney with over 50 trials and arbitrations. A percentage of the cases that Mark handles are matters that he is associated into immediately before trial or arbitration.
Mark lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Theresa. Mark is a devoted Los Angeles Kings fan and enjoys playing volleyball.
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Stefano Formica is a partner at Vaziri Law Group, A.P.C.
Stefano is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University Law School, where he served as a member of the Mock Trial Board. After graduating from law school, Stefano worked as an associate in a prestigious insurance defense firm and later became a partner at one of the nation’s largest litigation firms. He has successfully represented clients involving automobile accidents, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and catastrophic injuries.
Stefano is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully won several multi-million dollar verdicts including the largest trip and fall verdict in California for the year of 2017. Stefano has been successful in trying cases with very difficult facts- a skill he has honed throughout his over 13 years of practice. He attributes his success to preparation and understanding each client’s case through their eyes, and truly immersing himself in their situation. Only then can a jury be given “all of the facts”- both positive and negative. He believes in giving the jury as much information as possible and letting them decide what is fair and just.
Stefano lives in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and enjoys hiking, yoga, and surfing. Stefano is a Los Angeles native and speaks Spanish and Italian fluently. He is also an avid Laker and UCLA fan.
Notable Verdicts and Settlements:
2018- $1.1M settlement in a lane change dispute where the defendant admitted liability on the eve of trial.
2017- $1.1M settlement against a commercial trucking company on behalf of an individual who was operating in the course and scope of his employment, and required a spine fusion surgery.
2017- $4.55M settlement against a commercial trucker, on behalf of 6-day laborers, including one with a Traumatic Brain Injury and multiple catastrophic injuries.
2017- Barnett v. Westfield Group, a $3.1M verdict against a multi-national on behalf of an 87-year-old patron. This was the largest trip and fall verdict in California for 2017.
2016- Trip and fall verdict in Alameda County on behalf of an 80-year-old plaintiff in a residential complex.
2016- Verdict involving two occupants of a vehicle that was rear-ended in Riverside, California.
2016- Verdict in a dog-bite incident involving a 13-year-old who was attacked by his neighbor’s unleashed dog.
2016- Verdict in Orange County for over $500,000 involving a pedestrian who was struck while in a crosswalk, despite having admitted to entering the intersection after a flashing “don’t walk” was given.
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David C. Shay is a partner at Vaziri Law Group, A.P.C
Dave is a graduate of the University of Maryland- College Park where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. He earned his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. After graduating law school, Dave moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles where he began working for one of California’s most prestigious litigation boutique law firms. Dave moved on to work for one of the largest product liability litigation firms in the country. All in all, Dave spent ten years representing Fortune 500 companies in major injury cases. He was selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of Products Liability Defense for five consecutive years until he moved to the plaintiff’s side. Once consistently chosen as a rising star of the defense bar, Dave now focusses his practice entirely on representing injured individuals.
Having spent a decade working in the trenches for premier defense law firms and shoulder-to-shoulder with some of California’s most esteemed defense attorneys, Dave tried many major injury and death cases. Today, Dave uses his vast experience to help injured individuals achieve justice. Dave looks at every case from both perspectives, keenly aware of the weaknesses in any corporation or insurance company’s case. He is known for his tenacious “leave it all in the courtroom” approach, because even when you can’t outsmart your opponent, you can always out work them.
Dave lives in Manhattan Beach, California. He enjoys playing soccer, beach volleyball and impersonating a chef.
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After attending U.C. Santa Cruz for two years, Shawn transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with minors in philosophy, sociology, and psychology. He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1993. Shawn is licensed to practice in all California state courts, as well as in the federal courts for the northern and central California districts.
Shawn initially worked as a consumer trial lawyer representing clients in various personal injury actions before he commenced a nearly 25-year career centered primarily on the defense of major transportation carriers and their insurers in actions arising from catastrophic and/or fatal accidents. He is a seasoned trial attorney who has served as lead counsel in more than a dozen jury trials, who has participated in hundreds of settlement conferences, arbitrations and mediations, and who is now using his considerable experience and expertise to aid in the prosecution of civil actions on behalf of VLG’s clients.
Shawn lives in the San Fernando Valley where he cares for his mother and the dog which they rescued from a Los Angeles Animal Shelter. He is an avid movie fan and enjoys gardening on his downtime.
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Matt Taylor graduated from the University California at Irvine, where he majored in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Whittier College, graduating Cum Laude, whereat he was an Editor of the Law Review, and received awards for legal writing, counseling, negotiating, and civil trial advocacy. Matt also studied international and family law in Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles.
After law school, Matt accepted an associate attorney position in the Los Angeles office of one of the largest law firms in the United States. There he spent over 10 years, working his way up from junior associate to partner. His practice areas included premises liability, auto/transportation collisions, products liability, use of force, food-borne illness, construction/job site accident, toxic torts and habitability, homeowners’ association disputes, indemnity and subrogation, inverse condemnation, real estate transactions, business/commercial disputes, medical and veterinarian malpractice, construction defect, defamation, and protection of the First Amendment. Matt’s skills as a litigator gained him notable peer recognition, as he was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 5 consecutive years.
Matt now focuses his abilities and tenacity on helping those that have been injured through the conduct of others. He is motivated every day by two things: (1) His drive to win; and (2) His clients appreciate his hard work. Matt knows how to pick up a file, assess its strengths, weaknesses, and “cut to the chase.” Litigation can be a long and drawn out process for some, but Matt has a keen sense of case evaluation, which allows him to pick up the phone, talk to the other side, and quickly determine if a favorable resolution can be reached quickly, or if the case needs to be tried.
Matt lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two children. He enjoys travel, softball, SCUBA diving, and hiking.
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Joe is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2006. Joe is a licensed to practice in all State courts and Federal Courts for the Central District of California.
Joe has over eight years of personal injury litigation experience on both the plaintiff and defense sides. Prior to Joining Vaziri Law Group, Joe worked as an insurance defense attorney for 5 years where he worked on mass tort litigation matters, including asbestos and pharmaceutical class actions. Joe also has extensive experience in personal injury premises liability litigation.
Joe lives in South Pasadena with his two sons. Joe is a devoted soccer enthusiast and coach.
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Aaron G. Miller
Aaron G. Miller graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He went on to attend business school at the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, graduating with a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and General Management while also studying abroad at the London School of Economics. Aaron earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School – Los Angeles. He is licensed to practice in all State and Federal courts in California.
Before law school, Aaron worked as a marketing manager for a variety of consumer packaged goods companies, government entities, and non-profits. Once he changed careers to become an attorney, Aaron gained experience during law school as a law clerk for a business litigation firm servicing foreign businesses operating in the U.S. Upon graduating, he worked for many years as an insurance defense attorney. He represented clients in an assortment of matters including motor vehicle accidents, trip and falls, property disputes, and employment litigation. Rounding out his experience, Aaron has also worked as a family law attorney, addressing custody and support issues. With the Vaziri Law Group, Aaron is able to use this varied experience to assist clients in pursuing their personal injury claims. Aaron is motivated by forming direct relationships with his clients, in order to understand their needs and goals in the litigation process.
Aaron lives in Culver City with his son. He grew up in Washington, DC, and thus remains loyal to its sports teams and maintains an unhealthy interest in politics. After ten-plus years here, however, he considers LA home and thoroughly enjoys everything it offers.
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Benjamin Zeng is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a minor in Business Law and earned his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University in Orange, California. Since being admitted to the State Bar of California in 2007, he has gained extensive litigation experience working in diverse environments, including small boutique firms, private defense firms, and in-house counsel, in areas of law including labor & employment, personal injury, class action, general liability, insurance coverage, and criminal defense. His experience spans all stages of litigation, from client intake through trial, including obtaining favorable results for his clients as lead counsel in multiple civil and criminal jury trials.
With his extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in diverse areas of law, Benjamin is able to bring a well-rounded and seasoned perspective to the table in serving his clients. With over 6 years of experience in defense practice, he is well-equipped to seek justice and obtain compensation on behalf of individuals now that he is representing plaintiffs on the other side. He has always maintained close and personal relationships with each of his clients, prioritizing their interests and concerns above all else. He takes pride in his ability to communicate and sympathize with his clients, effectively address their concerns and communicate complex legal issues, and fulfilling all aspects of his role as their counsel. His motivation for work has always been, and always will be, making a positive impact in the lives of those in need.
Benjamin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys watching movies, following the NBA and shooting hoops himself, and spending quality time with friends and family. He is Chinese/Japanese, speaks Mandarin, and is active in various Asian American bar associations and professional organizations, including the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and Taiwanese American Professionals.
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