Babak Bakhtiari represents school districts in a variety of areas. He litigates employment discrimination claims in federal court, including cases based on age, disability, sexual harassment, race/national origin, and religion. His practice also includes civil rights claims based on due process, excessive force, Title IX, and freedom of speech and religion. Mr. Bakhtiari also defends educators in employment and commercial cases in state court, including claims for breach of contract and employee benefits, petitions for writs of mandamus and certiorari, administrative review actions, real estate disputes, and actions for personal injury. He has tried employment, civil rights, and personal injury cases to successful jury verdicts in both state and federal court.
Mr. Bakhtiari also represents school districts in agency practice before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. He tries labor arbitrations before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and represents school districts in administrative hearings, including special education due process, student discipline and residency, and tenured teacher dismissal hearings.
In addition, Mr. Bakhtiari counsels school districts on a number of personnel-related and student issues. He conducts internal investigations involving personnel and student issues and advises on contracts, FOIA, FERPA/ISSRA, Title IX compliance, and other operational matters.
Mr. Bakhtiari received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.