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Attorney

The Law Office of Robert B. Abtahi
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member

Education

  • JD
    SMU Dedman School of Law
  • bachelor's degree
    University of Texas
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News
www.iranianamericanpac.org, 14 May 2013 [cached]
Abtahi Qualifies for Dallas City Council Runoff
12/17/2013
May 14, 2013, Dallas, TX - Two highly successful and qualified Iranian American candidates were on the ballot on Election Day (May 11th) in Texas. Bobby Abtahi, seeking to become the first Iranian American to be elected to the city council of Dallas, received enough votes to qualify for a runoff for the position, while Amir Omar, a member of the city council (Place 7) of Richardson, Texas, fell short in his bid to become Richardson\\\'s mayor and the first Iranian American to become a directly elected mayor.
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Bobby Abtahi, Candidate for Dallas City Council - Election results gave Bobby Abtahi, former Dallas Plan Commissioner and former City of Dallas community prosecutor, 26% of the vote in District 14 (which includes parts of downtown and East Dallas as well as Oak Lawn), putting him in second place behind Phillip Kingston, who received 34%.
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A runoff between Abtahi and Kingston will take place on June 15th.
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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Abtahi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. After graduating from law school, Abtahi went to work for the city of Dallas as a community prosecutor.
At City Hall, Abtahi worked to help rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods, and was behind a popular program that used the National Guard to tear down drug houses. The program, which is a money-saving initiative that the city continues to use, was recognized by the White House in January 2012 when it presented Abtahi with the MLK Drum Major Award for Community Service. After working for the city, Abtahi started his own private practice but continued to serve Dallas as a member of the city's plan commission.
News
www.iranianamericanpac.org, 26 June 2013 [cached]
June 26, 2013, Dallas, Texas - Bobby Abtahi, former Dallas Plan Commissioner and City of Dallas Community Prosecutor, fell short in his bid on June 15th to make history by becoming the first Iranian American elected to the city council of Dallas, Texas, losing to opponent Philip Kingston.
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With 100% of the precincts reporting, Abtahi trailed Kingston by 387 votes to become the next representative of District 14.
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The election was a runoff between the two men; Abtahi was originally one of seven candidates running to represent the district, which is being vacated by term-limited council member Angela Hunt.
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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Abtahi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. After graduating from law school, he went to work for the city of Dallas as a community prosecutor. At City Hall, Abtahi worked to build coalitions and help restore deteriorating neighborhoods. He was behind a popular program that used the National Guard to tear down drug houses. The program was recognized by the White House in January 2012.
Abtahi's campaign was endorsed by former city council members as well as a number of community and business leaders throughout Dallas. On March 26, 2013, Abtahi won the backing of the city's Real Estate Council of Dallas. He also had the support of the the MetroTex Association of Realtors and the Stonewall Democrats.
In addressing his supports after the results became known, Abtahi stated: "We started this campaign at 1 percent.
"Proposed rezoning" signs all too often ...
www.dallasnews.com, 8 May 2014 [cached]
"Proposed rezoning" signs all too often result in shouting and standoffs rather than real conversation, writes Robert Abtahi.
By ROBERT ABTAHI
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Robert Abtahi is an attorney and the vice chairman of the Dallas City Plan Commission. He can be reached at Robert.Abtahi@gmail.com
December 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. - ...
www.iranianamericanpac.org, 7 Dec 2012 [cached]
December 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. - Robert "Bobby" Abtahi, former Dallas Plan Commissioner and former City of Dallas Community Prosecutor, recently announced his bid for a seat on the Dallas City Council. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American to serve on the council.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Abtahi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. After graduating from law school, Abtahi went to work for the city of Dallas as a community prosecutor.
At City Hall, Abtahi worked to help rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods and was behind a popular program that used the National Guard to tear down drug houses. The program, which is a money saving initiative that the city continues to use, was recognized by the White House in January 2012 when it presented Abtahi with the MLK Drum Major Award for Community Service. After working for the city, Abtahi started his own private practice but continued to serve Dallas as a member of the city's plan commission.
Abtahi is one of four candidates running to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council.
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Click here to learn more about Bobby Abtahi's campaign.
PAAIA and its connected PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), recently had the opportunity to sit down with Abtahi to discuss his campaign for the Dallas City Council.
PAAIA/IAPAC: Why are you running for the Dallas City Council?
Abtahi: Being born and raised in Dallas, I have always been interested in making this city a better place.
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Abtahi: The biggest challenge we will face is simply getting our message out to the voters.
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Abtahi: We plan on having a very strong grassroots campaign. I plan on knocking on doors everyday until the May 2013 election. Direct mail, paid canvass crews, phone banks, and paid advertising will also be integral in getting my message out.
PAAIA/IAPAC: What are the fundraising goals of your committee?
Abtahi: Running a sophisticated campaign in the 21st century has become very expensive with costs for Websites, polling, opposition research, paid advertisement, canvass programs, data management and operations. Political insiders are speculating a successful run for District 14 could exceed $250,000. The first fundraising deadline is January 1, 2013 and this will be strong indicator of which campaign is the most serious about mounting a successful run.
PAAIA/IAPAC: What particular skills or experiences will you bring to the Dallas City Council?
Abtahi: I am most proud of my work of building coalitions both through my time as a community prosecutor and as a city planning commissioner.
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Abtahi: In a city as large as Dallas there are a multitude of voices that must be heard.
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Abtahi: North Texas is home to a large number of Iranian Americans.
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Abtahi: Raising money.
December 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. - ...
www.iranianamericanpac.org, 7 Dec 2012 [cached]
December 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. - Robert "Bobby" Abtahi, former Dallas Plan Commissioner and former City of Dallas Community Prosecutor, recently announced his bid for a seat on the Dallas City Council. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American to serve on the council.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Abtahi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. After graduating from law school, Abtahi went to work for the city of Dallas as a community prosecutor.
At City Hall, Abtahi worked to help rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods and was behind a popular program that used the National Guard to tear down drug houses. The program, which is a money saving initiative that the city continues to use, was recognized by the White House in January 2012 when it presented Abtahi with the MLK Drum Major Award for Community Service. After working for the city, Abtahi started his own private practice but continued to serve Dallas as a member of the city's plan commission.
Abtahi is one of four candidates running to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council.
...
Click here to learn more about Bobby Abtahi's campaign.
PAAIA and its connected PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), recently had the opportunity to sit down with Abtahi to discuss his campaign for the Dallas City Council.
PAAIA/IAPAC: Why are you running for the Dallas City Council?
Abtahi: Being born and raised in Dallas, I have always been interested in making this city a better place.
...
Abtahi: The biggest challenge we will face is simply getting our message out to the voters.
...
Abtahi: We plan on having a very strong grassroots campaign. I plan on knocking on doors everyday until the May 2013 election. Direct mail, paid canvass crews, phone banks, and paid advertising will also be integral in getting my message out.
PAAIA/IAPAC: What are the fundraising goals of your committee?
Abtahi: Running a sophisticated campaign in the 21st century has become very expensive with costs for Websites, polling, opposition research, paid advertisement, canvass programs, data management and operations. Political insiders are speculating a successful run for District 14 could exceed $250,000. The first fundraising deadline is January 1, 2013 and this will be strong indicator of which campaign is the most serious about mounting a successful run.
PAAIA/IAPAC: What particular skills or experiences will you bring to the Dallas City Council?
Abtahi: I am most proud of my work of building coalitions both through my time as a community prosecutor and as a city planning commissioner.
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Abtahi: In a city as large as Dallas there are a multitude of voices that must be heard.
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Abtahi: North Texas is home to a large number of Iranian Americans.
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Abtahi: Raising money.
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