Law Office of David P. Shapiro - San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys




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Elmira Yousufi

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Elmira Yousufi

Associate Attorney
Elmira Yousufi has dedicated her career to making a difference for those who may be mistreated by the criminal justice system.

Born in Afghanistan, Elmira and her family emigrated to Pakistan and Iran before eventually coming to the United States when she was four years old. Growing up in a post-9/11 America, Elmira experienced discrimination and prejudice for being an Afghan Muslim. These experiences taught Elmira an invaluable lesson on race and ethnicity and encouraged her to study hard and work to make a difference in her community. Having witnessed her family overcome so much to attain a pathway to United States citizenship, Elmira has dedicated her career to making a difference in the lives of the more vulnerable individuals in our community, those facing criminal charges and the potential loss of their freedom and future.

Elmira graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, and was invited into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law with over 250 hours of Pro Bono hours and was selected as one of ten graduating students for membership into the Order of Barristers.

Prior to joining our firm in early 2022, Elmira spent time working at the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia and completed a clerkship at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Elmira’s time at the District Attorney’s Office provided her with hands-on experience evaluating, prosecuting, and negotiating criminal cases. Elmira’s diverse background and life experiences, both inside and outside the courtroom, make her a valuable member of our team and a strong advocate for our clients.