Sanam Ghandehari joined Zwaik, Gilbert & Associates in May of 2017. Sanam has specialized in a broad range of immigration matters, including but not limited to family-sponsored petitions, employment-based applications, asylum, special immigrant juvenile, waivers, and adjustment of status. Sanam had also practiced as an attorney in Iran prior her moving to the United States as a member of Iranian Central Bar Association. She has obtained her JD degree from the University of Minnesota Law School (ranked among top twenty law schools in the nation) and was admitted to practice law in New York State. she has been two times recipient of Human Rights Fellowship which lead to her internship at the United Nations Headquarter in New York. Sanam also worked as summer associates at two major litigation law firms in Minnesota.
During her time in the law school, Sanam served as a board member of Amnesty International Group and became the student liaison for American Immigration Law Association. Being an immigrant and knowing the challenges that immigrants facing to integrate into workplaces, Sanam has conducted extensive research on work place discriminations against immigrants and interned at Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, EEOC.
Sanam devoted her last year of law school to practice various aspects of immigration law and represented client as student attorney at the University of Minnesota Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. She was also part of a panel on the subject of “Articulating Challenges in Particular Social Groups in Asylum cases” which was presented by the Center of New Americans.
Sanam practices out of the Hampton Bays office where she devoted most of her time to representing abandoned and neglected children from Central America in the Suffolk County Family Court as part of their Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) cases. Sanam is fluent in Farsi.