What are Our Advantages?

Oakwood Legal Group, based in Beverly Hills, is California’s premier personal injury law firm. We represent clients across California including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and the Bay Area. Our lawyers are armed with sophisticated legal training from some of the nation’s top law schools, including Harvard Law School. We’ve recovered millions for our clients and successfully handle personal injury, accident and wrongful death matters with skilled, knowledgeable and aggressive representation throughout the course of your legal matter.

Meet Our Team

Neghin Khanverdi Associate Attorney

Thomas Espinoza Case Manager
Ana Avalos Case Manager
Matthew Kashani Dir. Of Client Services
Fransheska Ramos Case Manager

Meet Oakwood Legal Group:
Raymond J. Zolekhian, Partner

Raymond J. Zolekhian is partner at Oakwood Legal Group. Raymond received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to attending Harvard, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Businesss-Economics, magna cum laude, from UCLA. He has been awarded countless honors including being named as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and The Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. He was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2014 alone, he obtained a $4.1 Million verdict for a client who suffered a trip and fall, a $2 Million settlement for a client who was in a truck accident and a $1.1 Million settlement for a client who was in a car accident. These verdicts earned him a place in both The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Raymond started his legal career at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, which is consistently recognized as one of the top law firms in the world. Raymond uses his superior training and experience in representing clients involved in car, motorcycle, truck and slip and fall accidents. He takes pride in seeing things in cases that other attorneys don’t see all in an effort to get his clients the best possible outcome.

Raymond has been quoted in several publications including The Los Angeles Times and The Beverly Hills Weekly. A native of Los Angeles, he is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Community Foundation.

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Meet Oakwood Legal Group:
Michael D. Terani, Partner

Michael D. Terani is partner at Oakwood Legal Group, LLP. Michael received his law degree from Loyola Law School. Prior to attending Loyola, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA. He has been named “Top Lawyers in California” by the Legal Network and has successfully served thousands of clients since 2006. Early in his career, Michael gained invaluable experience working for the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office. There he helped handle injury matters including slip and falls, bus accidents, police misconduct, road design matters and other personal injury cases. In 2007, Michael established his own practice which slowly grew to become a multi-jurisdictional law firm that worked with over 100 attorneys across the country. It was his passion to help those who have been injured that led him to form Oakwood Legal Group and devote 100% of his practice to California personal injury matters.

Michael is extremely passionate about serving his community. For more than two decades, Michael has consistently volunteered his time to serve as a coach and mentor to the youth in the community.

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Meet Oakwood Legal Group:
Demetrios Papanikolas, Trial Counsel

Demetrios Papanikolas is a skilled litigator with nearly 25 years of experience and multiple jury verdicts. His verdicts include a $1.25 Million jury verdict for the victim of a motorcycle accident. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum whose membership is limited to those attorneys who have obtained a jury verdict of over $1 Million. During his legal career, he has won jury trials and successfully settled cases involving significant injuries in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Joaquin counties.

Demetrios received his Bachelor of Arts degree with multiple honors, including Phi Beta Kappa, from Vassar College. He then attended the UCLA School of Law where he was recognized as a Distinguished Advocate in the Moot Court Honors Program. Demetrios began practicing law as a civil litigator at a prominent business and construction law firm in Los Angeles. After a few years of successful practice in the area of construction litigation, he began representing injured victims in personal injury matters. He gained significant experience representing motorcyclists while working for a prominent motorcycle injury firm.

Since 2001, Demetrios has served as a Temporary Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court where he has served in courthouses throughout Los Angeles presiding over a wide range of cases. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Crestview Preparatory School where he was a former Board Chair.

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Meet Oakwood Legal Group:
Sean J. Atalla, Associate Attorney

Sean Atalla is an associate in the litigation department of Oakwood Legal Group, LLP and a member of the State Bar of California. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he was on the Dean’s Honors List. Sean then earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. While attending law school, he was the secretary of the Black Law Student Association and gained legal experience in the areas of litigation, intellectual property and estate planning. He prides himself in coming up with creative new solutions and legal strategies all in an effort to get his clients the recovery they deserve. During his free time, Sean enjoys surfing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

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What Clients Say

  • Truly a first class law firm that will fight for you. When I contacted Mr. Zolekhian, I knew he would fight for justice and represent those in their darkest times. His credentials alone speak volumes. He kept me informed throughout my case. Simply put, HE KNOWS THE LAW.

    A 2013 Personal Injury Client
  • I was in a bad car accident in August of 2012 and I hired Ray and his team to help me out at a very stressful time in my life. They were really helpful and made the process very easy. They took care of my car repairs, rental car, medical bills and earned a very relieving settlement.

    Emily, 2013 Personal Injury Client
  • After I got into my car accident, they were the FIRST to call back. Secondly, they literally answered every question I had - but the part I respected the most was that some of there answers were "it is too soon to guess." Mike was always honest and I respected that. They told me they would have a better idea of my case after they got the police report and looked into everything; that was exactly right. I refer all my friends and family to them.

    Becky, 2013 Auto Accident Client

Testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

Why Choose Us?

  • Harvard Trained
  • Award Winning Law Firm
  • Over 40 Years Combined Experience
  • Free Consultation 24/7
  • No Attorney Fee Guarantee
  • We come to YOU
  • Property Damage + Rental Car Assistance (if involved in vehicle accident)


Trained at top law schools, including Harvard Law School, our attorneys provide a level of expertise that is unmatched in the field of personal injury law. We understand that being injured in an accident is a life changing event that may cause you many hardships. You may suffer physical pain, emotional pain, financial pain and more. We know that your quality of life may not ever go back to how it was before your accident and we fight endlessly to get our clients MAXIMUM compensation and that’s why we offer a “No Attorney Fee Guarantee.”

We also will come to YOU. After being injured in any accident, it may be difficult to conduct routine activities such as traveling to our law office. For that reason, our staff takes great pride in client service and client convenience. We also work hard in helping our clients receive the medical treatment they need while we fight to ensure the insurance companies cover ALL the bills. Lastly, for those injured in vehicle accidents we will immediately arrange for the repair of your vehicle and rental.

Located in Beverly Hills, we serve Los Angeles, Riverside, and all of California.

Big or small, we handle personal injury cases such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful deaths, dog and animal attacks, serious injuries and slip and fall accidents. We’ve recovered MILLIONS for our clients and we love fighting for VICTIMS of accidents.

How Does it Work?

Free Consultation

Call us now or submit your contact information and include the details of your accident. We answer phone calls 24/7 and respond to inquiries within minutes.


We Represent You

You get the legal advice and medical attention you deserve with no out of pocket expenses. We investigate your case and address all legal issues while you get healthy.


Settlement Or Verdict

Once we achieve a successful settlement or verdict at trial, your medical bills and legal fees are paid and you are compensated for pain and suffering. No fees unless we win!


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