LSATMax LSAT Instructors

Our LSAT instructors all share three key qualities: they all scored in the 99th percentile, they are great communicators, and most importantly they were not naturals.

To achieve their target score they had to work hard to learn the strategies and change the way they think. They are uniquely qualified to help you do the same.


Mehran Ebadolahi

Mehran Ebadolahi

Score: 174

Mehran Ebadolahi graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2004 with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. The first time he took a practice LSAT, he scored a 148, which made him seriously reconsider his law school dreams. Through hard work and perseverance, however, he was eventually able to score a 174 on the December 2004 LSAT and he has been an LSAT instructor/private tutor ever since.

In 2010, Mehran graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. It was during his time at HLS that he co-founded BarMax (“the $1000 app”) in an effort to disrupt the bar exam prep space that had long been a monopoly. Since graduating from HLS, Mehran has continued to work on BarMax (now TestMax, Inc.) full-time and he is currently the CEO of the company.

Matt Shinners

Matt Shinners

Score: 180

Matt grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, the home of Bruce Springsteen. He earned a biochemistry degree from Boston College and a law degree from Harvard (where he sadly didn't get a chance to meet Mehran despite them being there at the same time).

After law school, Matt has spent much of his career building materials and programs for students to take their LSAT prep to the next level. He's taught and designed classes, wrote and edited study guides and books, and written or edited an explanation for essentially every question that's been on the test. His focus on why someone would select each answer allows him to address the pitfalls that he's seen students fall into.

Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Score: 178

Jelena Woehr was born and raised in Golden, Colorado, known as “the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.” There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports and constitutional debate.

More recently, Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity about the legal profession and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction after her initial diagnostic. After three months of self-directed study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous, ten-year career in tech startups behind and began teaching the test. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic of the test and its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student.

Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, and a competitive equestrian endurance rider. Her work appears on several popular true crime podcasts, and her spec TV pilots have been recognized in major competitions. She recently completed both the 100-mile Tevis Cup and the 50-mile AERC National Championship.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

Score: 175

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change.

In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers.

When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.

Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Score: 180

Ravi Reddy received his B.A. in sociology from Pomona College in 2013, where he graduated cum laude, was a Pomona College Scholar, and received a Distinction in the Senior Exercise award. After teaming up with attorneys on projects at work, Ravi developed an interest in pursuing a legal career and decided to take the LSAT. Before beginning his LSAT prep, Ravi took a practice LSAT as a diagnostic and scored a 159. After several months of studying and countless hours in the library, he scored a 180 on the July 2018 LSAT.

Through his LSAT preparation, Ravi developed a love for the test and enjoys sharing his passion for the LSAT with others and making the experience of studying for the test an enjoyable one. Ravi resides in Los Angeles and enjoys bodybuilding, cooking, hiking, and reading.

Naz Akbari

Naz Akbari

Score: 175

Nazaneen [Naz] Akbari graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a dual degree in English Literature (concentration in Shakespearean Literature) and French Language. The first time she ever took a practice LSAT test she scored a 145 and raised it to a 175 through hard work and practice. Since then she has been an LSAT instructor and private tutor.

Naz has always had a penchant for standardized tests and finds happiness in helping others raise their LSAT scores. Naz lives in Los Angeles and is a real-life starving artist trying to find success as a novelist. In her free time she likes to bake, paint and read anything she can get her mitts on.

Henry Bram

Henry Bram

Score: 180

A native New Yorker, Henry earned a BA in 20th Century American History from Columbia University in 2017. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, first in talent representation and more recently in feature film and documentary development. Henry scored a perfect 180 on his first official LSAT and is now sharing his innate understanding of logic and reasoning with his students.

Preston Moore

Preston Moore

Score: 177

Preston was born and raised in the Atlanta area. He lived there until attending college at Wake Forest University and, after transferring, received his degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University.

Preston then worked as a Legal Analyst at a Chicago law firm. While there, he began studying for the LSAT. Preston moved from a 156 diagnostic score to a 177. That score earned him admission to, and recently his degree from, Harvard Law School.

Andrew Jung

Andrew Jung

Score: 174

Drew graduated with a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2018, was nominated into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honors Society, and came home to sunny San Francisco to work in Tech for a couple years, before switching gears to go to law school. After scoring an initial 157 on a diagnostic test, Drew studied for 4 months, going on to earn a 174 on the June 2020 LSAT. The biggest breakthroughs came in studying when he slowed down to change his mindset about problem-solving, before speeding back up to finish each section in-time.

Drew has a passion for both learning and teaching, and has held multiple instructor roles over the years, from gymnastics coach, to science teacher, to weekly book club facilitator.

Shunhe Wang

Shunhe Wang

Score: 180

Shunhe Wang is a senior at Yale studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics. His first practice test score was in the mid 160s and studied until he raised it to a 180 on the January 2019 LSAT. He has worked before as a tutor for other standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and SAT subject tests. He enjoys the outdoors and likes avocados.

Ben Mingov

Ben Mingov

Score: 176

Ben Mingov received his BSc in Biology from York University in 2018, where he graduated with First-Class Honors. Starting with a 157 diagnostic, Ben studied his way to a 176 on the June 2019 LSAT. He has worked as a biology and chemistry tutor for two years, but has now shifted gears to tutoring LSAT.

Ben is currently applying to law schools and is looking forward to starting classes in Fall 2020. Outside of the LSAT, Ben enjoys playing chess and exploring the Toronto food scene.

Rosalyn Leban

Rosalyn Leban

Score: 180

Rosalyn received her BA, magna cum laude, in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Education from Mount Holyoke College in 2018. Throughout college, she worked as a writing mentor and teaching assistant for college students at all levels and a classroom teacher for adult learners. Following graduation, she spent a year in Guatemala as a Fulbright Fellow and worked with local organizations to study migration in Central America. She currently works as an immigration paralegal in Boston.

In February 2020, after studying for six months while working full-time, Rosalyn achieved a score of 180 on the LSAT. Her approach to LSAT preparation emphasizes setting a consistent and manageable schedule. Outside of work, Rosalyn enjoys spending time with friends and volunteering as a Spanish-English translator.

Annie Madding

Annie Madding

Score: 175

Annie Madding received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 2015. The first time she took a practice LSAT she scored in the 150s, however she ultimately scored a 175 on the test after many hours of studying. Annie graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2019 and currently lives and works in Honolulu, HI.

Sam Adondakis

Sam Adondakis

Score: 174

Sam graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018, with a degree in Political Economy and a minor in Spanish. He returned to his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT where he worked as a staffing coordinator while studying for the LSAT. Sam is currently applying to law schools. He spends his free time as an amateur guitar player, Greek folk dancer, and fantasy football commissioner.

Sam worked hard for his score, but he is not someone who can study for 8 hours a day. He prepared for the test by setting clear goals and creating a manageable practice schedule. Taking the LSAT led to new opportunities for him, and he hopes to share his enthusiasm with students.

Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Score: 175

Chris Moore received his B.A. in Philosophy and Classics, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas in 2017. He then taught in schools in Boise, ID and later Guadalajara, MX. Now, Chris is back in his hometown of Austin, TX applying to law schools and teaching the LSAT.

Chris spends his free time playing sports, reading classical Greek literature, and eating tacos. He enjoyed prepping for the LSAT, and he hopes his enthusiasm will rub off on his students.

Brett Sokol

Brett Sokol

Score: 180

Hailing originally from Tampa, Florida, Brett Sokol earned a BA in Russian and French Literature from Amherst College in 2019 and spent his junior studying at the University of Oxford. He was inspired to pursue a career in international law during his time as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, where he taught English at a secondary school in Eastern Ukraine. After returning from his service, he managed to get a perfect score of 180 on the July 2020 LSAT after three and a half months of studying, and is currently applying to various JD programs.

Brett is passionate about literature and history, and knows seven languages at at least a conversational level. While in college he was active in theater and athletics, and currently spends his much of his free time at the gym or exploring the great outdoors in Southern California where he now resides. Brett initially struggled to reach his ambitious LSAT goals, first getting a 167 on the exam in 2018, and he is eager to help others overcome the challenges that he faced himself.

Jillian Knox

Jillian Knox

Score: 173

Jillian received a BA in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College in 2017. She worked as a researcher for San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research for two years and published several peer-reviewed articles on wildlife conservation. Jillian scored a 163 on her first LSAT but was able to achieve a 173 on her second through self study and an emphasis on time management. Jillian is currently a 2L at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and is a staff writer on the Arizona State Law Journal and a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law. In her free time, Jillian enjoys painting, yoga, and being outdoors.

Bhavishya Barbhaya

Bhavishya Barbhaya

Score: 172

Bhavishya completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a Major in Statistics and Economics. She took the LSAT with a particular liking for logical games and logical reasoning. After two months of self-study, she achieved a score of 172.

She intends to apply to law school this year. Bhavishya likes watching movies, biking, and horse riding.

Andrea Kerndt

Andrea Kerndt

Score: 172

Originally from the midwest, Andrea Kerndt traded winter for the beach cities of the west coast, graduating from Chapman University in 2018 with a B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science. She presently works in the entertainment industry and resides in the Los Angeles area. A westside, non-vegan or gluten free Angeleno, Andrea is a career-orientated early riser and a tennis rookie weekend warrior.

Though she has a passion for discovering the city's best cheeseburgers, she has an even greater enthusiasm for the law. She likes long walks on the beach and writing tenant contracts for her friends. She is both a cat person and a dog person. She is a lefty who can now parallel park. Most of all, she likes helping you score your very best on the LSAT. She believes no goal is too large for the committed achiever.

Irina Rodina

Irina Rodina

Score: 174

Irina Rodina received her dual B.A. in Business and Political Science, summa cum laude, from Columbia College in 2014 . She led an LSAT study group her senior year of college and scored 166 on her first practice LSAT, subsequently getting 174 on a real test. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014, spending her 3L year as a visiting student at Yale Law. Irina is a member of the NY bar and has been practicing energy law for the past five years serving as a regulatory consultant to renewable energy developers, advocacy organizations, and academic institutions.

She also has substantial experience as an LSAT tutor and an admissions consultant, having worked for several test prep companies as well as a private tutor over the past 8 years, and volunteering as an interviewer for the Harvard admissions office. Irina resides in Los Angles and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and photography.

Albert Qian

Albert Qian

Score: 178

Albert Qian grew up in Irvine, California, and eventually graduated from the University of Southern California in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Journalism. He started studying for the LSAT in May 2020 with a diagnostic of 158 and eventually scored a 178 on the July 2020 LSAT. Having worked as a private tutor throughout high school and college, Albert is passionate about helping his students reach their goals through individualized lessons and adapting to each student's unique strengths and weaknesses.

Currently, Albert lives in Los Angeles, CA, applying to law schools and working as a freelance journalist. In his free time, he enjoys cooking (and eating) Asian food, discovering new music, and learning how to surf.

Townes Jones

Townes Jones

Score: 174

Townes grew up on the East Coast before moving to Los Angeles, where she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in French and Philosophy in 2019 (without ever taking a math class).

She hates being rushed, and she loves breakfast. Her favorite section of the LSAT is Reading Comprehension. She lives in Los Angeles and plans to attend law school in 2022.

Nina Herth

Nina Herth

Score: 175

Nina Herth graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of International Business in May of 2019 and a Bachelor of Science in Finance in December of 2018. She currently is working in fundraising and communications at a non-profit law firm in the District of Columbia. Nina is applying to law school now and hopes to practice Public Interest Law in the future.

She scored a 150 on her first diagnostic. Through a lot of practice, she increased her score by 25 points and achieved a 175 on the actual LSAT. Nina found that her understanding of the test increased when she focused on approaching the LSAT systematically, like a beatable game. She is looking forward to helping other prospective law students to increase their score and to enjoy the studying process as much as she did.

Thomas Fogarty

Thomas Fogarty

Score: 173

Tom Fogarty graduated summa cum laude in May 2020 from the Ohio State University with a BA in History. In December of 2019, he took his first diagnostic test and scored a 151. Over the next six months, Tom studied intensely, making full use of the LSATMax course materials. In July of 2020, he received a 173 on the LSAT-Flex. Since then, Tom has been inspired to share his story with others to take their scores to the next level.

Having desired to become an attorney since high school, Tom is currently applying to all T14 law schools and hopes to pursue a career in criminal law. In his free time, Tom enjoys learning languages, writing novels, and exercising. Tom delights in seeing students succeed, and regularly searches for new and innovative methods to tackle the most difficult sections of the LSAT.

Dylan Steele

Dylan Steele

Score: 180

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dylan attended Middlebury College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2019. Upon taking his first practice LSAT, he was excited by the prospect of a practical application for his analytical training and, after two months of self-study, scored a 180. He's now applying to law schools and hopes his patient nature and penchant for logic can help his students achieve their goals.

Dylan lives in bucolic Vermont with his partner and puppy Ellie (a key supporter of his LSAT success). In his free time, he enjoys pizza making, being dragged to the dog park, and watching Top Chef.

Caroline Hackley

Caroline Hackley

Score: 175

Originally from outside Philadelphia, Caroline now lives in Nashville, TN, where she attends Vanderbilt University. She will graduate in December 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and Law, History, and Society (LHS). Caroline is in the middle of applying to law school and plans to matriculate in the fall of 2021. Starting out with a diagnostic score in the 150s, she ultimately received a 175 on the July LSAT-flex. Caroline improved her score by approaching the test piece-by-piece, tackling the specific areas that were giving her trouble before addressing the exam as a whole. Having had personal experience with the new flex-test format, she looks forward to helping other prospective law students improve their scores in the midst of these unexpected circumstances. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys hiking with her dogs, horseback riding, and painting.

Jacob Kennedy

Jacob Kennedy

Score: 172

Originally from Texas, Jacob Kennedy currently resides in Boston. He is on track to graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Economics. Jacob has tutored for hundreds of hours over the last three years in subjects including LSAT, SAT, ACT, and Statistics. He looks forward to tutoring sessions each day because he finds them to be genuinely fun and rewarding.

Jacob's approach to the LSAT focuses on making the exam as systematic as possible. He excels not only at identifying where a student is going wrong but also at offering plans of action to rectify the mistake. During his free time, Jacob enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and watching Boston sports.

Jordan Zanzuri

Jordan Zanzuri

Score: 174

Jordan Zanzuri received her BA in Finance and International Business this past summer from Florida International University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Currently she is pursuing her Master of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University in New York City. Jordan is currently applying to law school and hopes to practice corporate law in the future.

On her diagnostic test she earned a 152. She was able to increase her score by 22 points to a 174, by changing her mindset regarding the test. Jordan found her success by learning to enjoy studying for the LSAT.

Abigail George

Abigail George

Score: 176

Abigail George (she/they) graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College. Although she was not a natural at the LSAT, she dedicated a gap semester to its mastery, eventually earning a 176. Supported by research grants, Abigail lived in Guatemala for 6 months between 2017 and 2019 to conduct ethnographic field research. Abigail has published peer-reviewed articles on Guatemala and Brazil and presented their research at national academic conferences.

Following graduation, Abigail earned a sommelier certification and worked harvest at a winery near her home in Napa, CA. Abigail currently lives in Paris, France and studies political philosophy at Sorbonne University. Abigail will start at Columbia Law School in fall 2021 where she will use her anthropology background and language skills to pursue international human rights work.

Skylar Drefcinski

Skylar Drefcinski

Score: 172

Skylar Drefcinski will graduate from Indiana University in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Affairs, a certificate in Public Management, and minors in Spanish and Communication & Public Advocacy. She is currently in the process of applying to law schools and looks forward to a career of practicing law.

Skylar used LSATMax to study for a month full-time leading up to the June 2019 LSAT, where she scored in the 99th percentile. Her favorite thing about the course is the flexibility it allows students. As a current undergraduate who just took the test, she can relate to the time constraints students face and the need to maximize and personalize prep time.

Kalyn McDaniel

Kalyn McDaniel

Score: 177

Kalyn recently graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Economics. She participated in Speech, Debate, and Moot Court, but only decided to pursue a career in law after studying economic inequality in South Africa.

She has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience and took her diagnostic 163 to 177 after using LSATMax and changing her approach to the LSAT. Her favorite section is logical reasoning, but she worked hardest on reading comprehension and loves teaching others how to master it.

She lives in Austin, Texas, and is applying to law schools in the 2020 cycle. She spends most of her free time with her basset hound, Lizzo, and takes any opportunity to travel!

Victoria Kacer

Victoria Kacer

Score: 175

Victoria Kacer graduated from Trent University in 2019 with a B.ESS in Environmental Science/Studies. Volunteering with organizations championing environmental justice and Indigenous resurgence throughout southern Ontario sparked her passion for social and environmental justice.

Victoria studied for the LSAT during the summer of 2018 and, with the help of LSATMax's thorough and flexible course of study, was able to raise her score from 157 to 175 while working full-time conducting policy evaluations for the Government of Ontario. Victoria will be attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia this fall with plans to specialize in environmental law.

Katherine Robinson

Katherine Robinson

Score: 176

Katherine Robinson graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and Human Rights. Through hard work and lots of practice, she was able to score a 176 on the June 2014 LSAT.

Katherine graduated from Harvard Law School in 2018 and is now working at a criminal justice non-profit organization in Los Angeles.

Jacob Reisberg

Jacob Reisberg

Score: 177

Jacob Reisberg graduated from Grinnell College in 2010 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. Jacob first attempted the LSAT his senior year of college, without much preparation, and got a 161. With intensive study and practice, he was able to get a 177 and went on to attend Harvard Law School.

Since graduating cum laude in 2015, Jacob has clerked on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court of Oregon, and has also practiced as a legislative counsel and criminal defense lawyer.

Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal

Score: 172

Max received a BA in Economics from the University of Rhode Island in 2019. He also played french horn in the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as with the Newport County Orchestra. He spent three years working as a sailing instructor in his hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Max scored a 160 on his diagnostic but was able to achieve a 172 on the actual LSAT through dedicated study and an emphasis on understanding not only how to identify the correct answer, but also on recognizing the mistake made in each incorrect answer.

Max is currently applying to law schools and hopes to pursue a career in either intellectual property or litigation. In his free time, Max likes to spend time on the water, play french horn, and play soccer with friends.

Chris Dinkel

Chris Dinkel

Score: 174

Chris Dinkel earned his BA in Church History from Oral Roberts University in 2008 and his MA in Diplomatic History from Fort Hays State University in 2010. After working nearly a decade in marketing and sales, Chris chose to pursue a legal career and found LSATMax to be the best way to prepare for the LSAT while maintaining a full-time career. Starting with a 152 on his first practice test, he ultimately scored a 174 on the December 2016 LSAT, was offered admission to multiple T14 law schools, and will be attending Columbia Law School in the fall of 2018.

In contrast to the dread that many people associate with studying for and taking the LSAT, Chris enjoyed the process of mastering the exam and believes that taking the LSAT need not be a traumatic experience. By taking advantage of LSATMax's comprehensive course of study, extensive library of practice material, and expert instructors, he was able to score in the 99th percentile and is eager to help you maximize your potential on the exam as well.

Stephen Ruotsi

Stephen Ruotsi

Score: 172

Stephen graduated from the University of Miami in 2009. After scoring a 158 on his first practice LSAT, he was able to boost his score to 172 and gain admission to Georgetown Law. Rather than head straight to law school, however, Stephen spent two years tutoring SAT, ACT, and LSAT, and playing in a reggae-rock band in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

After finishing law school, Stephen passed both the New York and California bar exams, and now calls Venice Beach home. He loves teaching and has at times coached soccer and taught piano. He plays in a couple of bands and enjoys hiking, going to concerts, playing beach volleyball, and eating burritos.