Marshall M. Taheri photoMarshall Taheri, Esquire, founder of the firm, has been practicing law for more than forty (40) years to include the areas of civil; business; commercial; real estate; energy; finance; federal tax; securities and investment fraud; domestic and international negotiations and litigation; legislative and governmental relations; and white collar criminal defense. He has handled litigation matters in the federal and state legal systems. Dr. Taheri has achieved the highest rating for competency and ethics, an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is recognized by Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Taheri received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from South Texas College of Law, which is recognized as one of the top advocacy and litigation law schools in the nation. In August of 1974, he was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in law by the Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education. In the Spring of 1981, he studied U.S. and International Civil and Business Litigation Law at the University of Houston Law Center. In the Spring of 2002, he participated in an International Business Litigation and Arbitration Conference in New York City. From time to time, he is called to judge the National Appellate Advocacy Competition for the American Bar Association and other national mock trial and advocacy competitions. Dr. Taheri is also a frequent speaker at continuing legal education conferences for attorneys and other organizations.

Dr. Taheri is licensed and authorized to practice law in the states of Texas and New York. He is also licensed and authorized to practice law in Washington, D.C., U.S. Federal District Courts, the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C., U.S. Federal Circuit Courts, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Taheri's international business and negotiation skills between U.S. and international corporations developed early in life. Prior to his studies in Houston, he was associated with a U.S. company as a liaison director to facilitate the construction of a submarine pipeline which carried crude oil from the mainland to an island for export via super tankers to Europe and the United States. Further, he worked as a Corporate Accountant and Auditor for an oil company while pursuing his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in Houston. He has on behalf of his corporate clients, successfully negotiated joint venture contracts with the governments of other countries. At the request of Houston's prominent business leaders, Dr. Taheri established an International Chamber of Commerce in Houston for the purpose of fostering international business relationships between the United States and other countries. As founder and Secretary General of the Chamber, Dr. Taheri was responsible for organizing as members more than 250 Texas industries.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Taheri has been actively involved with his alma maters, University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. Through both institutions, he was appointed as adjunct professor. At the University of Houston, he taught Business Law, and at the University of Houston Law Center, he taught U.S. and International Business, Law, and Diplomacy. At South Texas College of Law, he has taught U.S. and international law seminars from 1980 to 2011, to include U.S. and International Business Litigation and Arbitration; U.S. and International Criminal Law and Procedure; and U.S. and International Business, Law, and Diplomacy. Additionally, he served as President of the Alumni Association at South Texas College of Law in 1982. Further, Dr. Taheri served as moderator for a round table forum entitled, "Business, Law, and Diplomacy," which was co-sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership's World Trade Division and South Texas College of Law. Dr. Taheri's combined business and legal careers have afforded him the opportunity to represent individuals and corporations, domestically and internationally. Further, he has developed an understanding of more than eighty-five (85) different cultures which is a prominent distinction in today's business world.

In 1982, Dr. Taheri was appointed by the Greater Houston Partnership to form an Ad Hoc Committee to study the pending legislation in the U.S. Congress and the impact of such legislation on the Houston economy. Dr. Taheri submitted an oral presentation to Board members of the Greater Houston Partnership on the findings of the Ad Hoc Committee. Subsequently, he and the late Honorable Louie Welch, former mayor of Houston and then President of the Greater Houston Partnership, traveled to Washington, D.C. and testified before the Senate Subcommittee in connection with the pending legislation.

Dr. Taheri has been a member of numerous organizations to include but not limited to, the American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Washington, D.C. Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, American Association for Justice (American Trial Lawyers Association), The College of the State Bar of Texas, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, British American Business Association, International Business Committee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Forum Club, World Affairs Council of Houston, the World Trade Association, the Institute of International Education, and the International Lawyers Association in London, England.