Sogand Zamani


Managing Principal

Bar Memberships
District of Columbia
Maryland

Education
George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2005

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, A.M. 2002

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S. 2000, cum laude

Languages
French
Persian




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Sogand Zamani, Esq.

We understand the difficult choices faced by clients across the spectrum of family law needs, and we approach each case with compassion, pragmatism and solutions tailored to your families' needs. Sogand Zamani represents individuals in all aspects of family and domestic relations law, advocating for individuals seeking to form families through adoption or assisted reproductive technology (ART) and helping individuals separate and divorce from their partners in a dignified, practical manner that protects their future.

Family formation.  Her representative adoption work includes working with adoptive parents and birth parents, including LGBTQ individuals, in independent or agency adoptions, foster parent and step-parent adoptions, break the seal petitions, and other related proceedings. She also advocates for and represents individuals and couples seeking to use ART, such as gestational carrier (surrogacy) arrangements and donor egg and/or embryos arrangements to create or expand their family.

Custody/Divorce.  A significant portion of Sogand's practice is devoted to representing individuals and families in custody and divorce from negotiation to litigation through trial in custody disputes (both domestic and international), dissolution of partnerships, and divorce actions. She has a particular strength in handling challenging international custody and divorce disputes with complex jurisdictional and cross-cultural considerations given her educational background, language proficiencies, experience in international mediation and conflict resolution, and her personal experience living abroad. She is a strongly protective and persistent advocate for her clients. Sogand is known for her personal approach to each client's needs, her focus on the emotional and physical well-being of children experiencing family crises, and her strategic representation of clients to protect their financial interests. As part of her family law practice, she negotiates and assists in enforcing premarital agreements, settlement agreements, parenting agreements, and litigates regularly. Sogand is also a trained mediator and Collaborative law practitioner, representing individuals seeking to pursue divorce and dissolution in a dignified and less acrimonious way through mediation and Collaborative practice.  She is equal to the task of litigating matters that cannot be resolved out of court.

Community Involvement. Sogand is also active in the community. Sogand serves on the Domestic Relations Subcommittee of the D.C. Superior Court to help the court meet the changing needs of the family law community. She completed a three-year elected term on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Board of the Maryland State Bar Association (2012-2015). As part of her role on the ADR Section Council, Sogand moderated the section's bimonthly webinars and served as the chaired the annual state wide training event. She also served as President of the Collaborative Project of D.C. (2012-2015), a project seeking to bring collaborative resources to the indigent population of the D.C. metropolitan area, and continues to serve on its Board.  In addition, Sogand serves as a Board Member and past-President (2014-2015) of the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  She volunteers for the American Heart Association, previously co-chairing the Auction Committee for the Greater Washington Region Heart Ball (2013-2015), and has guest lectured at American University Washington College of Law, Howard University Law School, and Georgetown Law School on the subjects of Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Welfare, Divorce and Practice Management, as well as at the George Washington University Law School on the subject of Collaborative Law.

Sogand was selected to be a Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C. by her community of peers in 2015 and 2106. She was also selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for Washington, D.C. in 2013 and 2014. Sogand was given a 5.0/5.0 Overall Client Rating by Martindale Hubbell as well as a 10/10 rating on AVVO. 

Sogand is a member of the following organizations:

· Past-President (2014-2015), Board Member (2012-present), D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals

· Past-President (2012-2015), Board Member (2012-present), Collaborative Project of Washington, D.C.

· Council Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Maryland State Bar Association (2012-2015)

· Board Member and Co-Chair, Education Committee (2013-2014), Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Montgomery County, MD

· Member, D.C. Bar Association (Family Law Section)

· Member, Maryland State Bar Association (Family Law and ADR Sections)

· Bar Association of Montgomery County (Family Law and ADR Sections)

· Member, Subcommittee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association

· Professional Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine

· Member, Maryland Collaborative Practice Council


Education.  Sogand received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, a member of the Moot Court Board and Mock Trial Board, Champion of the Cohen & Cohen Mock Trial Competition and a student intern with the Honorable Judge Peter J. Messitte at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Maryland. She received a Master of Arts from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science cum laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Sogand is fluent in English, French and Persian.

  • Sections)
  • The American Bar Association (Assisted Reproductive Technologies Subcommitte, Family Law Section)
  • Professional Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine

Marisa Slifka






Paralegal
marisa@zamaniassociates.com
T: (202) 510-9112
F: (202) 510-9152

Marisa Slifka

Marisa joined Zamani & Associates in November 2016 after spending one and a half years working with the Close Up Foundation, where she educated students from all over the country about the importance of participating in our political system.  Prior to working at Close Up, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and Global Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She was inspired by the firm’s collaborative approach and commitment to represent clients of many different backgrounds. Marisa manages an array of office duties at the firm, and enjoys communicating with the clients to assist with their matters. 

Marisa's previous experiences reflect an interest in serving and empowering communities that need it the most.  During college, Marisa led a team in raising over $60,000 for children with Cystic Fibrosis and joined in advocating for mental health awareness on her campus through the Talk About It campaign. Through these experiences, Marisa developed a deep interest in working with children and underrepresented groups, and is interested in pursuing a future career in advocacy and policy work. 

As a member of Zamani & Associates, Marisa is passionate about assisting clients in matters of domestic violence and other challenging situations. Marisa believes her work at the firm is an important component of the personalized experience clients receive, and enjoys assisting the attorneys in representing clients in various types of family matters.

Alisa Yasin


Attorney

ayasin@zamaniassociates.com
T: (202) 510-9112
F: (202) 510-9152

Bar Memberships
District of Columbia
Maryland
Florida

Alisa N. Yasin, Esq.

Alisa joined the firm as an attorney working in all areas of family law, including adoption, assisted reproductive technology, custody, dissolution and divorce proceedings. Alisa is a strong advocate of collaboration to resolve disputes; however, when dispute avoidance fails, she stands ready to fiercely advocate for her clients’ financial, business, and personal interests.

Alisa has a strong public service background and believes in serving the indigent population in the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the firm, Alisa was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jeanette J. Clark in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Family Court. In 2009, she served as a legal extern for the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia in the Child Protection Section. In 2010, Alisa worked as a law clerk at the Children’s Law Center in the Guardian Ad Litem Project where she assisted in the disposition of several neglect and abuse cases from intake to the final adjudication.

Alisa received her Juris Doctor, With Honors, in 2011 from The George Washington University Law School. During law school, Alisa was the President of the G.W. Law Association for Women, the Vice President of Student Affairs of the G.W. Student Bar Association, and a student attorney in the G.W. Domestic Violence Project Community Clinic. Alisa also served as a Research Assistant to Professors Naomi Cahn and Catherine Ross working on family and reproductive rights issues and she was recognized for her work in Naomi Cahn’s article, No Secrets: Openness and Donor-Conceived ‘Half Siblings.’

Alisa received her Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in Political Science and Sociology, where she was a Presidential Merit Scholar and Capitol Scholar.


  • Sections)
  • The American Bar Association (Assisted Reproductive Technologies Subcommitte, Family Law Section)
  • Professional Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine

Amanda Sow



Bar Memberships

District of Columbia

Maryland

Illinois

Amanda Sow

For several years, Amanda focused her career on large-scale litigation. After taking on multiple pro bono custody and guardian ad litem cases, Amanda transitioned permanently to family law so she could use her legal skills to help individuals who are experiencing what is often one of the most difficult times in their lives. Since Amanda joined the firm, she has worked in many areas of family law, including adoption, custody, and divorce. A trained mediator and Collaborative practitioner, Amanda believes that many family matters can be handled outside the courtroom, through mediation, the Collaborative Process, or negotiated settlements. She strives to help her clients regain control of often-overwhelming situations and create solutions that work for them. However, there are times when litigation is unavoidable, and Amanda is always ready and able to assist her clients through these legally and emotionally challenging times.

Amanda is deeply committed to helping those in need and being an active participant in both her personal and professional communities. She handles pro bono cases through the Collaborative Project of Maryland and volunteers at the D.C. Family Court Self-Help Center. For many years, Amanda has served on the Fred Taylor Scholarship Committee at For Love of Children. In addition, Amanda is a member of the following organizations: District of Columbia Bar, Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Montgomery County (co-chair of Collaborative Section), D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Association for Conflict Resolution, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, and Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

Amanda received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., with honors, in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.


  • Sections)
  • The American Bar Association (Assisted Reproductive Technologies Subcommitte, Family Law Section)
  • Professional Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine
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