Alex wanted to start a law firm because he saw a problem with the way things were and he wanted to change it. He realized that the law was built on precedent, and apart from being a politician and changing the laws, there was little to do as an attorney to make that happen. However, having needed help before himself, he really valued the role he could play in walking with people through their legal issues. Alex determined that practicing technology law was the way forward, and he resolved to get an education in computer science so he could competently do so. He was pleased to see his instincts shake out in decisions passed by the Supreme Court, like US v. Jones, Riley v. California, and Carpenter v. US, affirming the changes that technology brings. What really excites him though, is the seemingly limitless opportunity to automate his practice. Alex ceaselessly applies his CS education to his law practice to keep his costs down while maximizing his impact
Based in Austin, Texas, Alex Shahrestani studied philosophy and computer science as an undergrad and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas.
For the past several years Mr. Shahrestani has launched startups, served on boards, developed strategies, and increased funds for a prestigious network of business clients. His strengths are in developing business strategies - with a focus on technology startups and nonprofit organizations.
Alex is heavily involved in pro bono services, and was awarded the Pro Bono Beacon Award in three consecutive years, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He was also awarded admittance to the Texas State Bar's Pro Bono College for the same three years.
His pro bono work has involved supporting around a dozen different organizations, including educating children about their legal rights, training children for a mock trial before the Texas Supreme Court, providing businesses legal and consulting advice through the Texas C-Bar project, volunteering with Veterans Legal Services, and more.
Dedicated to technology law and policy early on, Alex founded one of UT Law's twelve academic journals, dedicated to the intersection of law and technology. The Journal of Law and Technology at Texas (JOLTT) is the newest Journal at UT Law, and the first new journal since the year 2000.
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