"Ilyas Akbari’s parents faced an excruciating dilemma: stay in war-torn and dangerous Afghanistan with their two small children, or do anything to get the family out. At a time when children were prohibited from leaving the country, the Akbaris’ drugged their 3- and 2-year-olds, stuffed them into suitcases, and spent their life savings bribing their way out of Afghanistan."
Akbari is now a mass disaster attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, and focuses on wrongful death personal injury cases. He represents clients in commercial transportation accidents involving death or traumatic injury, pharmaceutical products liability and class action lawsuits. Read the Ilyas Akbari story published in Southern California Rising Stars 2010 — July 2010
“When we first came here, we didn’t have anything, but my parents always did what they could for others,” he says. “I’m fighting for people who have lost it all: their lives or the lives of loved ones.”