Sara N. Pahlavan


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Sara Pahlavan is a litigator in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including breach-of-contract, ERISA, and class-action disputes. She has served on two trial teams, successfully defending an ERISA class action in federal district court and litigating a complex breach-of-contract related to a joint venture on behalf of a private investment company in Delaware Chancery Court. Sara also has experience representing large companies in white-collar criminal investigations. She maintains an active pro bono practice, where her work has included securing asylum for a West-African woman who was a victim of torture, and representing two young boys seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status whose brother was the victim of a political assassination.

Sara co-chairs the San Francisco office’s Women’s Employee Network.


  • Farsi
  • French


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of California


  • New York University, J.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Geography/Environmental Studies, Political Science