Peter Afrasiabi

Peter Afrasiabi

Peter is an adjunct professor, author, and lawyer. He founded the Ninth Circuit Appellate Litigation Clinic at Chapman University School of Law in 2000.  The Clinic was devoted to taking pro bono appeals, primarily immigration, and advocating on behalf of immigrant clients in the federal courts.  Peter taught the clinic until 2011 when he joined the University of California, Irvine School of Law as an adjunct professor to similarly co-direct the UCI Appellate Litigation Clinic.  Through these clinics and pro bono immigration efforts, Peter has handled many dozens of immigration cases over the years from all corners of the world, including  Cambodian Freedom Fighters, Peruvian Shining Path victims, Armenian persecution survivors, Iraqi torture survivors, Honduran street children, Cuban asylum seekers, Zhong Gong practitioners from China, victims of Columbia’s guerilla FARC movement, Mexican-American families with deep, established ties to America, political asylum seekers, and more.

Peter is also a founding partner of One LLP, an intellectual property and entertainment law firm with offices in Santa Monica and Newport Beach, California (  In his private practice, Peter has handled numerous high-profile entertainment cases including: trademark disputes with Madonna over the iconic “Material Girl” brand, an ownership dispute over the recordings of Jimi Hendrix’s last major concert, representing the world-famous artist Alexandra Nechita in the protection of her works, copyright fair use rights in a political parody case involving a Don Henley classic song and a United States Senate Candidate, copyright infringement questions around Winston Churchill’s speeches, as well as publicity rights over the names and images of celebrities such as Bette Davis and Bettie Page.

A graduate of UCLA (Economics, Magna Cum Laude) and the USC School of Law, Peter began his career in the federal courts clerking for two federal judges and then joined the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP before leaving to form his current firm with his law partners.

Interviewed by NBC, CBS and the national American Lawyer Magazine, Peter is also a regular speaker at law events, including continuing education programs for lawyers as well as speaking to law students and undergraduate students on law and policy issues.  Peter is the author of numerous articles that address law and policy issues, and he is also the author of the annual chapter “Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks” in an annual University of California book.

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