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Shirin Afsous has significant litigation experience, regularly interacting with clients and developing case strategy. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including government contracts (including claims and protests), labor & employment, financial services litigation, and commercial contract disputes across the country in state and federal courts. She also appears regularly in administrative proceedings, including assisting clients involved in governmental investigations. Shirin has handled trials as first chair attorney, and has wide-ranging experience drafting, researching, preparing witnesses for trial, conducting depositions, and arguing dispositive motions.


  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Financial services litigation
  • Government Investigations
  • Bid Protests
  • Employment Litigation



  • Negotiated out of court settlement during multi-day remote international mediation resulting in withdrawal of the opposing party’s motion to set aside court order based on alleged fraud perpetrated on the court.°
  • Handled multi-day bench trial where the court awarded over $80,000 in attorney’s fees based on the opposing party’s failure to comply with discovery-related orders and egregious conduct during the case.°
  • Represented individuals seeking protective orders based on family abuse and represented individuals defending against allegations of domestic violence in protective order hearings.°
  • Represented parties to divorce actions in motions hearings, depositions, and trials related to custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution hearings.°
  • Represented parties in contested stepparent adoption proceedings.°
  • Represented parties concerning discovery matters, including motions to compel, motions for sanctions, and motions to quash subpoena duces tecum

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Afsous prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Rule 3:03 Student Prosecutor, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, M.A., 2015
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office, Appellate Division, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Law Clerk, United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Boston, M.A., 2014
  • Law Clerk, American Civil Liberties Union, Wilmington, D.E., 2014

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Best Lawyers, “Ones to Watch,” 2021-2024
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Virginia Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2019-2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2019-2023
  • Selected, Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2018
  • President, D.C. Chapter of the Iranian-American Bar Association
  • Contributing Editor, ABA Litigation News
  • Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2018-Present
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Board Member, D.C. Chapter, Iranian-American Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Membership Chair, University of Mary Washington Legal Affinity Group, 2017-Present
  • Attorney volunteer for the Fairfax Bar Association, Color of Justice Program, 2018-Present
  • Docket Call Associate Editor, Virginia State Bar, 2018-2020


  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 2015
    • Trial and Appellate Concentration, with distinction
    • Comment Editor, Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy
    • Member, Moot Court Honor Board
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Mary Washington, 2012
  • Hon. José M. López, Superior Court of District of Columbia, 2015-2017
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Farsi, Native