Mona is owner of the Law Office of Mona Parsa, conducting entertainment contracts review and negotiation for film, television and music, and representing individuals primarily in the entertainment industry in immigration matters.
Two seemingly divergent areas – entertainment and immigration – yet a brief introduction to the source of Mona’s drive reveals their connection. Her immigration work centers on assisting individuals and companies in spreading their expertise in their respective fields so that all segments of society may benefit and advance, thereby allowing clients to have the ability to cause further waves throughout the globe with their talents and expertise. This area of her work has stemmed from her international and human rights activities, which are founded in her interest in resolving issues of inequality that hinder societies from advancing. At the same time, Mona’s work in entertainment law has attracted clients with an interest in using their skills and talents to better the societies around them by bringing joy to hearts with music, or exposing injustice or good works through film. Mona’s work in immigration and entertainment, then, have groundings in her passion to encourage individuals to achieve their highest potential – for the benefit of society’s hearts, minds, and unmitigated advancement. It is this fiery drive that makes her a sought-after advocate for those looking to take their talents to the top.
With a passion for justice, Mona has participated alongside the delegation of the Bahá’í International Community in the 16th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland – an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for the strengthening the protection of human rights around the globe. She also previously completed an assignment with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington, D.C. where she researched human rights and religious freedom issues in various countries, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. Her primary role at USCIRF was to assist in preparing the Commission’s annual religious freedom and human rights report which serves as a major basis for policy-making by the U.S. President and Congress. She also attended and reported on relevant public events and hearings on the Hill, and was with USCIRF when the most recent attacks against the Bahá’ís in Iran commenced.
Mona’s previous legal experience includes serving as In-house Legal Counsel for the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) – a major employee union with a membership of over 7,000 law enforcement personnel from various California state departments (including the Department of Justice, Housing & Community Development, Parks and Recreation, and Public Health) – where she championed the rights of state employees to achieve better working conditions, better working hours, and fair treatment, and educated Union members regarding pending legislation that could impact employment conditions.
Mona’s legal experience also involves trial preparation at a full-service business law firm, film production matters in the Production and Development and Business & Legal Affairs Departments of Miramax Films, and responsibility for the negotiation and drafting of service agreements and the monitoring of publicly disseminated information for compliance with FDA regulations for an international pharmaceutical company.