Role

Board of Trustees

Bio

Sam Yebri is a partner at Merino Yebri LLP, a general practice business law firm in Los Angeles specializing in litigation, real estate, and employment law. An experienced litigator, Sam counsels a broad spectrum of media, technology, and real estate companies. Prior to founding Merino Yebri LLP, Sam served as a law clerk for federal judge Hon. A. Howard Matz, and worked at the law firms Jones Day, and Proskauer Rose. In 2007, Sam co-founded 30 Years After, a grassroots civic organization that has engaged thousands of Iranian-American Jews in American civic and Jewish life, which received a $200,000 Foundation Cutting Edge Grant in 2008. Sam has also held leadership positions with numerous Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Federation, Bet Tzedek, AIPAC, Bend the Arc (formerly the Progressive Jewish Alliance), the Anti-Defamation League, ETTA, both USC and UCLA Hillel, and the LA County Bar Association’s Barristers. In October 2010, then LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Sam to the Board of Civil Service Commissioners, a position he held until May 2014. In 2013, Sam served on the Transition Team and Gun Violence Prevention Task Force for LA City Attorney Mike Feuer. At the age of one, Sam and his family fled Iran as refugees to the United States. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received his law degree from USC. Sam and his wife reside in Westwood with their two daughters.

EXPERTISE/SPECIALTY AREA

  • Real estate
  • Media
  • Technology

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SUMMARY

  • Co-Founder, 30 Years After