The Honorable Nahal Iravani-Sani

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 45


The Hon. Nahal Iravani-Sani is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2017, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Richard J. Loftus.

Iravani-Sani earned a B.A. in social ecology, with an emphasis on criminology and legal studies, from the University of California, Irvine in 1990. She then completed a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1993.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Iravani-Sani served as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Santa Clara County from 1995 to 2017. During her tenure there, she prosecuted violent felonies as well as domestic violence, narcotics, consumer fraud, and environmental crimes. She also worked in its Sexual Assault Unit, where she handled rape, child molestation, and human trafficking cases.

Iravani-Sani taught Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School and Trial Techniques at Santa Clara University School of Law. She also coached the Willow Glen High School Mock Trial Team.

She has sat on the Board of Advisors of the Iranian American Bar Association, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, as well as the Pars Equality Center. She has also served on the District Attorney Diversity Committee and the Judiciary Committee of the Santa Clara Bar Association.

Iravani-Sani is a recipient of the Unity Award from the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition, the Distinguished Service Award from the Iranian American Bar Association, and the Judge’s Night Diversity Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Iravani-Sani was born in Tehran, Iran. Just ten years old when the Islamic Revolution erupted, she moved with her family to the United States in 1979. She was the first Iranian-American to be appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

She is registered as a Democrat.

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