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Shayan Modarres

Legal Council, National Iranian American Council
Washington D.C., Germantown, Maryland

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Shayan Modarres is committed to protecting civil rights through his activism and litigation work.


Shayan Modarres is civil rights activist and trial lawyer. He currently serves as Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Florida and the Washington Metropolitan area, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and has successfully held bad actors in law enforcement accountable for civil rights violations and misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as legal counsel to the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a civil rights attorney, Mr. Modarres decided to run for Congress for Florida’s Tenth Congressional District in 2014. Stories of disparity and inequality across the nation fuel his commitment to civil rights and social justice reform.

Mr. Modarres holds a B.A. in Law and Society from American University and a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review Journal.


  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Immigration

Issue Areas

Civil Liberties, Immigration, Muslim Ban, US Politics, Race & Racism