Simona Danesh is a Senior Associate at Slater Slater Schulman with a concentration in Child Victims Acts cases. As a tri-lingual attorney fluent in English, Farsi, and French, Simona has fiercely advocated for a multitude of clients across California in various state and federal court matters.
Simona’s drive to help victims of unlawful and negligent conduct stems from her genuine compassion for others. Her person-centered approach begins with honesty and respect. She strives to create an empowering environment where her clients feel safe to share their stories. This successful technique arms Simona with the pertinent information she needs to set achievable legal goals for her clients, goals that not only give victims a voice but propel them towards securing the justice they deserve.
In addition to practicing Child Victims Act cases, prior to joining Slater Slater Schulman, Simona also represented employees throughout California in single-plaintiff cases, class actions, and PAGA representative actions involving matters such as wrongful termination, unpaid wages, workplace discrimination, and sexual harassment. Prior to this experience, Simona frequently handled complex and catastrophic medical cases, including birth injuries, brain injuries, and wrongful death. Her aggressive litigation practices have secured several multi-million-dollar settlements throughout her career: $5 million on behalf of a child who sustained permanent lifelong neurological injury and cognitive impairment; $5 million on behalf of a child in a birth injury case resulting in quadriplegic cerebral palsy; and $3 million on behalf of an individual catastrophically injured in a multi-vehicle car crash.
Simona was inspired to become an attorney after spending a significant amount of time studying and working abroad in France, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Dubai, Iran, and Malta on issues ranging from systemic discrimination, socio-economic and political disenfranchisement, and human rights violations. After attending sentencing hearings in Tanzania at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Simona was determined to pursue a career in law to advocate on behalf of individuals who have been wronged.
Outside of the firm, Simona is active in the legal community and holds memberships in several bar associations dedicated to the vindication of employees and injured individuals, including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the California Employment Lawyers Association. In 2018, Simona was appointed to the Delegation and Diversity in the Profession Committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). Simona was also recognized as a bar leader by LACBA in honor of Women’s History Month. In addition, Simona has done pro bono and volunteer work for organizations such as the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in an effort to give more back to her community.
While obtaining her B.A. in International Studies from California University, Long Beach, Simona earned a University Diploma (diplôme universitaire) in French and European Studies from L’université Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence in France during a year-long study abroad program. Simona received her Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law and is licensed to practice in California State, the Federal Southern, Eastern, and the Central District Courts of California. Simona joined the team at Slater Slater Schulman in March 2021 after connecting with the firm’s drive for vindicating the rights of their clients.