A. Ali Sabzevari
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A. Ali Sabzevari works with corporations, local governments, individuals and insureds in state and federal lawsuits at both the trial and appellate levels concerning a wide range of matters, including wrongful death, catastrophic injury, civil rights, employment, property taxation, contracts, and real estate. Mr. Sabzevari has represented corporations, counties, cities, elected officials, and local government employees in civil litigation. He has represented clients in several high-profile cases throughout the State of Georgia.
Examples of Mr. Sabzevari’s appellate work include:
- Authored brief of appellee in Ducree v. Archer, 2016 WL 3006843 (11th Cir. May 25, 2016) (affirming district court's grant of summary judgement to officer on the basis of qualified immunity)
- Authored brief of appellants in Mosley v. Lowe, 298 Ga. 363, 782 S.E.2d 43 (2016) (obtained clarification from the Supreme Court of Georgia that retroactive application of statutory amendments that expanded the right to restrict access to criminal records did not violate state constitutional prohibition against retroactive laws)
- Authored brief of appellee in City of Lovejoy v. Clayton Cty., 335 Ga. App. 881, 783 S.E.2d 395, 395 (2016) (affirming trial court’s decision declaring city’s annexation ordinance null and void)
- Authored brief of appellant in Clayton Cty. v. Segrest, 333 Ga. App. 85, 775 S.E.2d 579 (2015) (obtained reversal of trial court for failing to exclude experts' opinions that county police officer “proximately caused” motorcyclist's injuries, or that officer acted in “reckless disregard” of proper police procedures during high speed chase in which suspect struck motorcyclist)
- Co-Authored brief of appellants in Williams v. Boehrer, 530 F. App'x 891, 892 (11th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court’s denial of summary judgment on state law claims)
Examples of Mr. Sabzevari’s trial work include:
- McDonough Village South, LLC v. Sowards, Civil Action File No. 2015-CV-01012-5 (2016) (achieved six-figure judgment on behalf of commercial lessor and management company in breach of contract action)
- Ford v. Woodforest National Bank, Civil Action File No. 2016-CM-2439 (2016) (defended a national bank through trial and achieved defense verdict in client’s favor)
- Grant v. Clayton Cnty., Ga., No. 1:14-CV-1279-TWT, 2015 WL 4744623 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 11, 2015) (achieved dismissal of employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of employer)
- Thrasher v. Hall Cnty., No. 2:14-CV-00148-RWS, 2015 WL 751715 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 23, 2015) (achieved dismissal of lawsuit filed by individual raising federal Constitutional claims for violations of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as state law claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful/false arrest, false imprisonment, and negligence)
- Bagwell v. Hall Cty., No. 2:14-CV-00195-RWS (N.D. Ga.) (achieved summary judgment for a sheriff’s deputy on allegations of unlawful search, excessive force, and denial of medical care under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and negligence under state law based on the denial of medical care)
Mr. Sabzevari received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude, finishing 12th in his class of 232 students. While in law school, Mr. Sabzevari served as an advocate on Georgia Law’s Mock Trial team and was selected to serve as a pupil in the Chattahoochee Inn of Court. Also while in law school, Mr. Sabzevari interned for Congressman Jack Kingston in Washington, D.C. and the Honorable Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia. He served as a volunteer mediator at the Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Court. As a result of his academic success, Mr. Sabzevari was elected to the Order of the Coif.
He received his B.B.A. in Economics from Georgia Southern University, where he was a member of several honor societies, served as a Student Government Association Senator, and served as President of Phi Alpha Delta, President of Alpha Tau Omega, and President of the Interfraternity Council.
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- Government Liability
- Civil Rights
- Litigation & Appeals
- Election Law
- Property Tax Litigation
- Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury
- Business and Commercial Litigation
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
- Georgia Southern University, B.B.A. Economics
- "District Court Dismisses Suit For Failure To Meet The Pleadings Requirements Under The U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act," FMG BlogLine (October 2016)
- "Georgia City Sues County Over Dispute In Providing Emergency Services," FMG BlogLine (September 2016)
- "Storage And Maintenance Of Seized Property: Liability Update," (September 2015)
- "Municipal Liability: No Action For Damages Against A Municipality In Georgia For Its Failure To Provide Medical Care To An Inmate," FMG BlogLine (March 2015)
- "Municipal Liablity: Failing To Provide Inmates With Adequate Medical Attention," FMG BlogLine (July 2014)
- "Blowing The Whistle: Georgia’s Whistleblower Act Waives A County’s Entitlement To Sovereign Immunity," FMG BlogLine (February 2014)
- "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Misdemeanors,” FMG BlogLine (November 2013)
- "How Far Is Too Far When It Comes To Invasive Searches Of The Body?” FMG BlogLine (September 2013)
- “Get In Focus: Law Enforcement Departments Should Strongly Consider Body Cameras,” FMG BlogLine (August 2013)
- “Law Enforcement Officers Permitted To Take DNA Cheek Swabs From Arrestees,”FMG BlogLine (June 2013)
- “Disability or Criminal Behavior? ADA Claims Involving Law Enforcement,” FMG LawLine (February 2013)
- “Temporary Flooding May Give Rise to a Takings Claim,” FMG LawLine (January 2013)
- "Eleventh Circuit Finds that Officers are Entitled to Qualified Immunity in Fourth Amendment Flashbang Lawsuit Handled by FMG," FMG BlogLine (February 2017).
Mosley v. Lowe, No. S15A1722, 2016 WL 227587 (Ga. Jan. 19, 2016). Obtained clarification from the Supreme Court of Georgia that retroactive application of statutory amendments that expanded the right to restrict access to criminal records did not violate state constitutional prohibition against retroactive laws.
Grant v. Clayton Cnty., Ga., No. 1:14-CV-1279-TWT, 2015 WL 4744623 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 11, 2015). Achieved dismissal of employment discrimination lawsuit.
Wilson v. Miller, No. 1:14-CV-10 (WLS), 2015 WL 5338170, at *1 (M.D. Ga. Sept. 14, 2015). Achieved summary judgment on behalf of clients on federal Constitutional claims in case where officer justifiably used deadly force against naked man who charged at him with something (later identified to be money) concealed in his hand.
Clayton Cnty. v. Segrest, No. A15A0502, 2015 WL 4174456 (Ga. Ct. App. July 13, 2015)
Johnson v. Lowndes Cnty. Bd. of Educ., No. 7:14-CV-157 HL, 2015 WL 403072 (M.D. Ga. Jan. 28, 2015).
Thrasher v. Hall Cnty., No. 2:14-CV-00148-RWS, 2015 WL 751715 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 23, 2015). Achieved dismissal of lawsuit filed by individual raising federal Constitutional claims for violations of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as state law claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful/false arrest, false imprisonment, and negligence.
Williams v. Boehrer, 530 F. App'x 891, 892 (11th Cir. 2013). Reversing district court’s denial of official immunity in case where officers used deadly force against suspect who posed a deadly threat.
- Risk Management Issues Related to High Speed Pursuits and The Effect of Pursuing and Arresting Mentally Disabled Suspects, December 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
- Complications Arising From Multi-Jurisdiction Task Forces, July 2016, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
- Legal Update: Current Issues Affecting Municipal Liability and Law Enforcement, Public Risk Management Association, October 2016, Atlanta, Georgia
- Militarization of Police and the Status of Qualified Immunity for Flash Bang Use, April 2017, Atlanta, Georgia
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
- Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
- State Bar of Georgia, Local Government Section
- Buckhead Business Association