Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
2140 Shattuck Avenue 6th Floor, Suite 601 Berkeley, CA 94705 map and directions

(510) 342-9050 Tel

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area



Yelda Mesbah Bartlett, Esq.

J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2006
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2001 Study Abroad, Moscow State University, Russia

State Bar of California
Southern District of California

Alameda County Bar Association
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Iranian-American Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild


Yelda represents U.S. and multi-national clients in high-stakes federal and state litigation, negotiations, and M&A due diligence. 

  • Successful defense of $10M claim involving false advertising under Lanham Act and breach of contract against a multi-national beverage manufacturer. Result:  Resolved 2.5 year litigation within 4 months after beginning representation. 
  • Advised and represented multi-state medical group in negotiations involving complex A/R transaction. Result: Obtained a total novation of the contract with superior terms in favor of client.
  • Expunged wrongfully obtained lis pendens against business client’s personal real property. Result: Obtained Attorney’s Fees in favor of client.

Catastrophic Personal Injury

Yelda represents seriously injured clients in premises liability, toxic torts, and wrongful death cases.

  • $875,000 settlement award in favor of client who suffered 3rd degree burns due to scalding hot water in her rental unit. Result: Petitioned City on behalf of client to strengthen ordinance protecting tenants against excessively hot water.

Family Law

Yelda represents select clients in dissolutions of marriage and partnership in California involving complex cross-over issues of real estate, trusts, business valuations, patents and trademarks, and long term spousal support.

  • Resolved marital dissolution action involving parties residing in different countries with real property holdings located in multiple countries and states.
  • Represented 100+ clients at all stages of litigation including pre-trial motions, trials, post-judgment motions, and appeals.


Yelda is from Ankara, Turkey by way of Sacramento, California. She is active in the local community, having served as the Commissioner for the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Berkeley where she was elected chairwoman. Yelda also supports and advises candidates for local political offices. When it’s not campaign season, Yelda enjoys traveling, painting, and running.

Recognized as a "Northern California Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015-2018
Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2020

Rated by Super Lawyers
Received City of Berkeley’s “Certificate of Service” for distinguished contribution as Chair of Commission on the Status of Women
Awarded “Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship” by National Lawyers Guild
Received Best Brief award in Moot Court

Of Counsel

J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A. Colby College, Maine
Study Abroad in Mexico, Turkey, Greece, and Israel

State Bar of California

Alameda County Bar Association
Charles Houston Bar Association
Bay Area Council


  • Drafted investor agreements and complex financial transaction contracts.
  • Negotiated entertainment contracts including movie rights & production, spokesperson and sponsorship agreements
  • Advised national company in the execution of multistate sweepstakes.
  • Created master contract for multi-national services company and securitized multi-party fee structure schedule.
  • Compliance and due diligence work in high value A/R factoring transactions.
  • Executed trademarks and performed strategic analysis for IP licensing market and negotiated national franchise agreement for a restaurant.
  • Pitched and created plan for retail goods including formulation, name acquisition, packaging, media and promotional partnerships.

Government Relations

  • Drafted the “Pacific Clean Air Partnership”, a Clean Technology trade and investment agreement between California and China; signed by Governor Brown in 2013.
  • Designed a series of private equity placements to create a Family of Funds to promote regional development and social equity investment.
  • Crafted risk mitigation strategy for Public Private Partnerships.

Personal Injury

  • Obtained $60,000 on behalf of client injured due to intentional battery by defendant. Result: Drafted and negotiated settlement terms ending high-conflict litigation.


Ben currently serves a member of the Berkeley City Council. Previously, he served on numerous boards and commissions for the City of Berkeley, where his family has resided since the Civil War: Planning Commission, Zero Waste Commission (Vice Chair), Loan Administration Board, Police Review Commission. Ben also served on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project to raise funds for the construction of a new homeless shelter and service hub for veterans, families, and single men. In his spare time, Ben enjoys the art, photography, filmmaking, and theatre.

Received City of Berkeley’s “Certificate of Service” for distinguished contribution as a Commissioner on the Loan Administration Board
Class President, UC Hastings College of the Law
Dean’s List
Received award for “Best Closing Statement” in Mock Trial
Class President, Colby College (4 years)


Sarah has been with Bartlett Law Firm, APC since 2017. She earned her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, where she graduated manga cum laude. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and hiking.

Bartlett Law Firm, APC:
2140 Shattuck Avenue
6th Floor, Suite 601
Berkeley, CA 94705
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(510) 342-9050 Tel
(510) 318-6314 Fax

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