Admitted to the California State Bar in 2004, Tess graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2004. She has practiced exclusively in family law since her admittance to the Bar. Tess is admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit. Tess obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, cum laude, in 1997.
Tess has experience in complex litigation involving family law issues, which can often include cross-over issues related to other areas of the law (such as corporate governance, probate, tax issues, estate planning, criminal, etc.) Tess has worked on many complex divorce matters involving high asset estates, dividing assets as diverse as commercial properties, patent rights, musical royalties, film/TV residuals, and stocks (options, RSUs, etc.) Tess has drafted and reviewed premarital agreements, post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, and has also been involved in appellate work for her clients. Tess started her career with a small family law firm and later was an associate for a very well known family law firm in Beverly Hills. Thereafter, Tess was a partner in Javadi & Cozine, LLP, with practice areas in family law and assisted reproductive technology (egg donor/sperm donor and surrogacy contracts.) Currently, her practice consists of all matters related to family law: domestic violence restraining orders, premarital agreements and marital settlement agreements, post-nuptial agreements, child support (obtaining and enforcing orders, modification of orders), spousal support, paternity or parentage matters, marital dissolutions (division of property; discovery, valuation and identification of assets; business valuation; child custody; child support; spousal support; injunctive orders; emergency orders; attorney fees and sanctions.) When the facts and situation warrant it, she supports mediated solutions and believes the client should exhaust this as an option before pursuing litigation. She supports using other qualified professionals to assist clients in the divorce process: therapists, forensic accountants, and other experts.
Tess is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In the past, she has provided services to the Harriet Buhai Center (as a pro bono attorney) and HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA) (as a student volunteer through UCLA Law’s El Centro Legal Clinic). In law school, Tess spent a summer as a volunteer law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Family Violence Division and a semester as a student teacher for a “Street Law” program for high school students. During law school Tess also worked as a law clerk for Senator Entertainment, a film distribution and sales company and production company. Tess serves on the board for “FYI-Foster Youth In Transition,” a non-profit organization providing support and guidance to transition age foster youth.
Prior to attending law school, Tess worked at a law firm handling product liability defense, as well as a firm handling white collar criminal defense and environmental and toxic tort litigation defense.