With a strong background in both civil and criminal litigation, Emma M. Tehrani is an integral member of KBK’s adept legal team who offers clients invaluable legal strategy and support.

Ms. Tehrani has represented clients in high-stakes cases involving white collar crime, antitrust matters, healthcare litigation, and employment and financial services disputes. She has also played an important role in a federal criminal antitrust trial and conducted internal investigations for both large companies and government agencies.

Ms. Tehrani is dedicated to pro bono work and has achieved success in obtaining immigration status for undocumented individuals. She is also proficient in French.


University of Southern California, J.D., 2019

  • Order of the Coif
  • Mentorship Chair, Women’s Law Association
  • President, International Refugee Assistance Project
  • USC Merit Scholarship
  • Southern California Law Review, Senior Submissions Editor

University of Chicago, B.A., Political Science and Psychology, 2016

  • Dean’s List 2012–16
  • General Honors
  • Howell Murray Alumni Association Award
  • National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship


U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, November 2021–April 2023

  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Fernando M. Olguin

White Collar Defense and Government Investigations

  • Engaged in extensive discovery, drafted witness interview outlines, and assisted in counseling Medicare Advantage organizations in connection with investigations into an alleged anti-kickback statute and false claims violations.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 company into whistleblower allegations relating to financial reporting and accounting issues.
  • Conducted an investigation on behalf of a government agency into allegations of financial mismanagement.

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Served as a key member of a team that ultimately obtained the acquittal of a former executive in a federal criminal antitrust trial.


  • Counseled a cryptocurrency company regarding compliance with federal and state regulations.

Pro Bono

  • Represented pro bono clients in Family Court proceeding and succeeded in obtaining award of sole physical and legal custody and predicate findings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
  • Drafted motions and declarations on behalf of minor clients seeking rescission of in absentia removal orders and reopening of removal proceedings.
  • Successfully represented an asylum-seeker in removal proceedings.
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP, 2018–2021
    Litigation Associate, 20192021
    Summer Associate, 2018
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
    Summer 2017 Diversity Fellow
  • California, 2019
  • U.S. District Courts
    Central District of California, 2023