Since she was 14, Almara knew she would become an attorney. With the support and guidance of her parents, Almara became a first-generation college graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After college, Almara joined Aghabegian & Associates, PC as a legal assistant and gained extensive experience in personal injury litigation.
While attending Southwestern Law School, Almara was placed on the Dean’s List and was twice awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She also won Best Brief in the Southwestern Intramural Moot Court Competition and joined both the Moot Court team and Law Review. Almara and her Moot Court teammates won Best Brief and Semi-Finalist Team in both the regional and international rounds of the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, which was held in Oxford, England. Almara also was a judicial extern for the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Central District of California. Her article, “Cleaning House with Rule 41(b): An Empirical Analysis of the Multi-Factor Tests for Involuntary Dismissals,” was recently published in Southwestern Law Review.
Since becoming an associate at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, Almara has been honing her advocacy skills and learning from some of the best personal injury attorneys. With a passion for client advocacy, Almara strives to seek justice for her clients who have been seriously injured. Her practice focuses on all aspects of personal injury, including catastrophic injuries, car accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and falls, and pedestrian incidents. With every case, Almara strives to make a difference in her clients’ lives by securing a favorable outcome and the justice they deserve.
Aside from her legal experience, Almara has personal experience navigating the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, as her cousin suffered a severe brain injury in a car crash a number of years ago. She has lived through the initial news that a loved one is in critical condition and may not survive, the months-long hospitalization, the grueling road to recovery, and the day-to-day struggle to do basic tasks, like putting on clothes. Almara understands the real-life impact that catastrophic injuries have not only on victims but on their family members as well. She can relate to her clients’ family members in a way that most other attorneys can’t. This experience was a major reason why Almara decided to pursue a career in personal injury law, and it has helped her achieve significant results for the firm’s injured clients.
In her spare time, Almara loves playing fantasy football, traveling, and hanging out with her friends, family, and Siberian husky, Thunder. She is also an avid New England Patriots fan.
- “Cleaning House with Rule 41(b): An Empirical Analysis of the Multi-Factor Tests for Involuntary Dismissals,” 44 SW. L. REV. 411 (2014), available at http://www.swlaw.edu/pdfs/lr/44_2sepanian
- Southwestern Law School: J.D.
- University of California, Santa Barbara: B.A., Political Science; minor in History
Bar Admissions & Licensed Jurisdictions
Honors & Awards
- Dean’s List
- Dean’s Merit Award Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
- Best Brief, Southwestern Law School Intramural Moot Court Competition
- Best Brief, Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition
- Semi-Finalist Team, Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- American Association of Justice