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Ian Graham, Esq

Ian Graham is a founding partner in Ahrony & Graham's post-conviction practice. He has a broad range of post-conviction experience, including successfully overturning a murder conviction and a double life sentence. His work on behalf of Mario Rocha, a young man wrongfully convicted of murder, was featured in the award-winning documentary film "Mario's Story" and the book Unbillable Hours.

Prior to joining Ahrony & Graham, Ian worked as an attorney in the litigation department of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Quinn Emanuel. Ian has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School's Juvenile Justice Clinic and lectured widely on habeas corpus and post-conviction relief issues. He is on the board of directors of InsideOut Writers, a non-profit that works with incarcerated and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.

Ian graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Speaking Engagements

Stanford University Law School.

American Constitution Society guest lecture. 

UC Berkely School of Law.

Overturning the Conviction. 

Rice University.

Pre-law Society Keynote speaker. 

Williams & Connolly, LLP.

Young Lawyers Can Make a Difference. Washington, D.C. .

Vinson & Elkins, LLP.

Best Practices of Pro Bono. Houston, Texas. .

University of Texas School of Law.

The Difference Lawyers Can Make. 

University of Southern California.

Guest Lecture, Race, Class & Politics. 

National Juvenile Defenders' Conference.

Panelist on defending major juvenile crime cases. .

Media Appearances:

Jim Campbell

Yale Radio


Lars Larson Radio Show
Portland Community Radio, KBOO



Unbillable Hours, A True Story, Kaplan/Simon & Schuster (May 2010)

The story—part memoir, part hard-hitting expose—of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them. Landing a job at a prestigious L.A. law firm, complete with a six figure income, signaled the beginning of the good life for Ian Graham. But the harsh reality of life as an associate quickly became evident. The work was grueling and boring, the days were impossibly long, and Graham’s sole purpose was to rack up billable hours. But when he took an unpaid pro bono case to escape the drudgery, Graham found the meaning in his work that he’d been looking for. As he worked to free Mario Rocha, a gifted young Latino who had been wrongly convicted at 16 and sentenced to life without parole, the shocking contrast between the greed and hypocrisy of law firm life and Mario’s desperate struggle for freedom led Graham to look long and hard at his future as a corporate lawyer. Clear-eyed and moving, written with the drama and speed of a John Grisham novel and the personal appeal of Scott Turow’s account of his law school years, Unbillable Hours is an arresting personal story with implications for all of us.

4.4 stars - 107 reviews


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California Lawyer.


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