Neemah Aaron Esmaeilpour is an employment law and immigration attorney on the firm’s labor and employment team. He regularly advises and defends employers on issues related to discrimination, minimum wage and overtime, employee leave, employment contracts and covenants not to compete. Neemah also represents housing companies on accessibility and discrimination issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). His recent experience includes:
- Defense of a hospital in a breach-of-contract action filed by a former physician alleging he was terminated in violation of his employment agreement;
- Defense of a steel manufacturing plant in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a current employee alleging she was denied promotions because she was a woman;
- Enforcement of a covenant not to compete and employment agreement against a former insurance sales employee;
- Defense of a property owner in a disability-discrimination lawsuit brought by a guest of a tenant alleging the apartment complex failed to comply with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act; and
- Defense of an apartment complex in a disability-discrimination lawsuit filed by an applicant alleging she was denied housing because the complex refused to make accommodations in rental policies.
Neemah’s practice also includes advising companies and professionals on business immigration matters and visa needs. He works with clients to obtain both temporary work visas (such as H, L, O) and employment-based permanent residency. Neemah also advises companies on compliance with immigration laws, such as employing F-1 students pursuant to OPT and Form I-9 requirements. His recent immigration experience includes:
- Petitioning USCIS for temporary worker visas on behalf of cap-subject companies under the H-1B program;
- Representing a manufacturing company to obtain permanent labor certification from the Department of Labor in preparation for an employer-sponsored green card; and
- Advising a multinational company on bringing foreign employees to the U.S. to train and assist in new projects for U.S. operations.
Prior to law school, Neemah worked as a photojournalist for seven years. He spent most of his journalism career as a freelance photographer, with a two-year period at The Morning News newspaper in Northwest Arkansas. As a photojournalist, Neemah covered a wide variety of stories from residents returning to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
When he is not practicing law, Neemah can be found outside exploring the Natural State and enjoying time with his wife and daughters.
Neemah is a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Neemah also serves on the board of the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP).
Mid-South Super Lawyers recognized him as a “Rising Star” in 2016 and 2017 in labor and employment law, and he was voted one of the 100 “Best Lawyers in Little Rock” by the readers of Soirée Magazine and Arkansas Business in 2017. Neemah was selected as a member of Class XXXIII (2017-18) of Leadership Greater Little Rock.