Babak Bakhtiari

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
[email protected]
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334 (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., English, With Honors, 2001

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2006

  • Moot Court Honor Society

  • National Moot Court Competition, Best Brief Award

As a partner in the firm, Babak Bakhtiari is an impassioned litigator who dedicates his school law practice to representing clients in all stages of litigation. Babak defends educators in a wide variety of matters including employment discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, breach of contract and employee benefits disputes, personal injury actions, special education due process, student discipline and residency issues, and tenured teacher dismissals. He has the proven ability to successfully guide his clients though the intricate maze of state and federal courts, as well as all administrative agency proceedings.

In addition, Babak has extensive experience representing school districts in civil rights investigations and litigation on matters involving due process, excessive force, Title IX and freedom of speech and rights. School districts call on Babak to handle the variety of issues that arise when conducting internal investigations involving sensitive personnel and student issues.

In his spare time Babak is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.



  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2013 – Present

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2013 – Present

    • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Member, 2021



  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar Member, 2008 – Present

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, General Bar Member, 2007 – Present

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar Member, 2008 – Present

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, General Bar Member, 2007 - Present



  • CALI Award, Legal Writing IV

  • CALI Award, P. Seminar and Criminal Procedure

  • CALI Award, Adjudicative Process