TAMPA, FLA - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?
Each week, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.
We go beyond the questions that are news of the day.
After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?
This week we hear from local attorney Rohom Khonsari.
Many of you may have seen him on the national stage.
He has taken part in many high profile cases including one that was among the first of a video beating to go viral.
You may recall the case out of Polk County in 2008. He represented April Cooper, the youngest of 8 defendants in the beating of a Lakeland Cheerleader.
Another one of his cases involving a drunk teenage college student named Jessica Rasdall who killed her best friend in a drunk driving incident was highlighted in the popular ABC News show 20/20.
Mr. Khonsari has also been consulted by national media outlets as an expert in criminal law.
He is so well spoken, I have had the opportunity to interview him on a few occasions. And, this is impressive, since English is not his first language and it is a language he did not even start speaking until the age of 8!
He was born in Iran. His family decided to move after the Iran-Iraq war broke out. His father, a physician, who had done some work in the United States decided to seek a better life for his family and made the U.S. home.
Mr. Khonsari earned an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then headed to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a law degree.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Khonsari was open to moving anywhere but decided to make Tampa Bay his home, after meeting the father of one his classmates, Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Robert Simms.
Mr. Khonsari was so taken by the man and his principles, he decided to take the Florida bar. He told me sadly, Judge Simms died just one month before he graduated. But the lessons he taught him, stick with him today.
Mr. Khonsari started his career as a prosecutor in Pinellas county.
He is very proud to have taken part in a specialized DUI manslaughter/vehicular homicide team. He said it enabled him to respond to crime scenes and even assist law enforcement in some of their investigations.
Next, Mr. Khonsari went to work with one of the most prominent lawyers in the Bay area. Barry Cohen and his firm at The Cohen Law Group.
But then, he decided to branch out on his own and started his own firm The Khonsari Law Group.
And also very important to him, giving back to the community. He is committed to his charitable work with the Children's Dream Fund, a local organization benefiting children with terminally ill diseases. As part of his work for that charity, he is the President of the First Team, that group promotes and organize events for the charity
Mr. Khonsari is also happily married and he and his wife are the proud parents of a two year old little boy.
1. What is your favorite movie or song?
Good Will Hunting
2. Do you have a smartphone? If yes, what is your favorite app?
Yes I do have a smartphone. Favorite app is New York Daily News
3. Who do you count as your mentors?
Stephen Romine. Other historical figures who made a change in society.
4. What was your first job?
A pizza cutter at Pizza Hut
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to have more hair...and just a little more patience.
6. What do you consider your greatest success?
My two year old son and the relationships and friendships I have developed.
7. Tell us something most people do not know
I didn't know English until I was eight years old.
8. If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead who would they be?
Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, and Bono
9. What is in your refrigerator right now?
A lot of food, but always coconut water and hummus (just not together)
10. If you could have a different career what would it be?
A cardiovascular surgeon
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