Bio Laya Dogmetchi, Zfaty | Burns Attorneys, Newport Beach, Ca
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Of Counsel
660 Newport Center Drive
Suite 470
Newport Beach CA 92660
T 949.398.8080
F 949.398.8081

Laya's practice focuses on complex civil litigation, business litigation, general liability defense, mass tort defense and employment-related litigation. Laya has defended employers, corporate officers/directors and corporate representatives in business-related lawsuits involving workplace harassment, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, business torts, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary. Laya also has considerable knowledge and experience handling cases for common carriers and public entities, particularly in the areas of transportation (rail), torts, compliance, property and casualty; as well as insurance defense litigation involving personal injury, products liability and premises liability.

Prior to joining Zfaty | Burns, Laya was a Partner at Ulich Ganion Balmuth Fisher LLP and Cummins & White, LLP. She has volunteered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (investigating endangered birds), NOAA (investigating watershed issues), South Royalton Legal Clinic (providing Pro Bono legal services to indigent clients), and was the recipient of the Jonathan B. Chase Scholarship. Her LL.M. from the University of Washington School of Law focused on Marine Law and Affairs.

Laya also provides Pro Bono services for small businesses throughout Southern California. Laya has served as Moderator and now sits on the Board of Directors of the Non-Profit Organization “Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education,” where she helps cancer patients, families and caregivers with access to information regarding their disease and treatment. She also has served as a Board Member to the CDM Girls Volleyball Foundation and AYSO Region 57. Laya is fluent in Farsi (Persian).


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1993
University of California, Irvine

Juris Doctor, 1996
Vermont Law School

LL.M, 1997
University of Washington School of Law

Admitted to Practice:

1997 State of California
1997 U.S. District Court,
Central District of California
1997 U.S. District Court,
Southern District of California

Areas of Concentration:

Complex Civil Litigation
Business Litigation
General Liability Defense
Mass Tort Defense
Public Entity Defense
Common Carrier Defense
Employment Litigation

Professional Affiliations/
Community Involvement:

Vermont Law School “Leader’s Circle”
Board Member, Global Resource
for Advancing Cancer Education
Board Member of AYSO Region 57

ph: 949.398.8080