Yaman Salahi is an associate in our San Francisco office, with prior experience at the ACLU of Southern California, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, and clerking for the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District of California. Yaman currently works on the firm’s antitrust cases related to “no poaching” agreements between employers that have the effect of suppressing worker salaries, and has also worked on the firm’s employment discrimination and wage and hour cases and other antitrust matters.
Yaman graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, where he participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic to defend Latino residents of East Haven, Connecticut from racial profiling by local law enforcement. At Yale, Yaman also studied Arabic on a Fields Language Study Fellowship, participated in the Middle East Legal Studies Seminar, and interned at the Urban Justice Center-Community Development Project in New York City and Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland.
Out of law school, Yaman was an Arthur Liman Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California defending civil liberties of Muslim and Middle Eastern communities and litigating the First Amendment photography rights of photographers. Yaman also worked in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, including on Omar v. Kerry, a lawsuit successfully challenging the summary confiscation of a San Francisco grandfather’s U.S. passport based on a coerced confession of immigration fraud.
At the Asian Law Caucus, Yaman helped prepare a report requesting that the Office of the Inspector General investigate a wave of illegal passport confiscations at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a that left dozens of American citizens stranded abroad. After a thorough investigation, in October 2018, the OIG published a report concluding that the State Department indeed failed to follow relevant guidance related to the revocation and confiscation of passports of at least 30 Americans in Yemen. While working at the Asian Law Caucus, Yaman also received the Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship from U.C. Berkeley School of Law for his supervision of law students in the Civil Rights Outreach Project.
In 2017, Yaman served as a Commissioner on the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. In 2018, after clerking but before returning to Lieff Cabraser, Yaman spent five weeks as a volunteer attorney with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City, advising Mexican migrant workers about their rights under the H-2A, H-2B, and TN temporary visa programs and conducting intakes with persons facing abuse or underpayment in the work place.
Yaman is fluent in Arabic and Spanish.