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Tannaz Kouhpainezhad

Tannaz Kouhpainezhad

office: 402.964.5055
fax: 402.964.5050

Tannaz is a seasoned litigator and client advocate who has litigated numerous cases in a wide variety of industries.

Tannaz is known for being agile, collaborative, detail oriented, conscientious, and organized. A strategic legal tactician who is known for being results oriented, she is able to tackle legal challenges of varying complexities to craft both short and long-term goals based on her clients’ immediate needs and long-range risk management strategies.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Tannaz was a Deputy Attorney General for over 10 years with the California Department of Justice, where she represented the State of California in the prosecution of over 300 criminal matters of varying complexities in both state and federal courts. Tannaz has defended over 100 cases that involved significant and complex statutory interpretation matters, regulatory issues, and constitutional challenges, which ultimately resulted in numerous favorable and nationally-used published opinions, particularly in the area of the Fourth Amendment and animal welfare.

Tannaz has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she taught Appellate Advocacy and Animal Law.

In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund named Tannaz as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Animal Defenders.”



  • America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders, 2011


  • J.D., Loyola Law School Los Angeles
      • Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Editor, 2004-2005; Senior Research Editor 2005-2006
  • B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
    • Business Economics


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • California Supreme Court


  • Farsi, fluent