Maryam Rastegar is an associate with the firm's San Diego office, where she primarily assists clients in special education and student matters. Ms. Rastegar also assists school districts in legal matters regarding labor & employment and governance & leadership.
Ms. Rastegar began her career with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost as a law clerk and became an associate attorney upon passing the California State Bar Exam. Prior to joining F3, Ms. Rastegar served as a legal intern at the University of San Diego Education & Disability Clinic, where she represented low-income families in matters ranging from school discipline to special education. In addition, Ms. Rastegar was a policy intern for the USD's Child Advocacy Institute, researching state legislation addressing the educational rights of foster youth. Ms. Rastegar has also contributed to reports published in the California Regulatory Law Reporter, produced by the Center for Public Interest Law and Practice at the University of San Diego.
While in law school, Ms. Rastegar was awarded the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship by the University of Michigan School of Law due to her commitment to the field of children's education. As a Bergstrom Fellow, she interned at the Alliance for Children's Rights in Los Angeles, where she worked primarily on special education-related matters. As a law student, she served as President and Education Liaison Coordinator for a student-run organization, Advocates for Children & Education.
Ms. Rastegar received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Professional Responsibility. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of her professional activities, Ms. Rastegar serves on the Lawyers Club of San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and volunteers for a San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Just in Time for Foster Youth. She speaks fluent Farsi.