Alex H. Aharonian is a partner in the Firm's Los Angeles office. A seasoned litigator, his principal areas of practice include business torts and complex contractual disputes, environmental litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, appellate advocacy, and real estate and homeowner association litigation.
Mr. Aharonian obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client as co-trial counsel during a seven-month bench trial brought by the Orange County Water District. This case involved a claim for more than $200 million in purported past and future clean-up costs associated with alleged groundwater contamination in Fullerton and Anaheim, California. The court found that Mr. Aharonian’s client had not caused groundwater contamination, and ordered Orange County Water District to pay cost of proof sanctions to Mr. Aharonian’s client.
Mr. Aharonian successfully co-arbitrated a claim against a major real estate developer in Los Angeles, obtaining a judgment in excess of $3.5 million on behalf of his client. Mr. Aharonian’s client agreed to purchase a high-end residential property in Beverly Hills, and placed a large deposit for the property. After the purchaser cancelled the contract, the developer refused to return the deposit. Despite contractual language supporting the developer’s position, Mr. Aharonian’s client was awarded most of the deposit, plus attorney’s fees.
Mr. Aharonian authored the respondent’s briefs and orally argued the successful appeal in Lopez v. Sony Electronics, Inc. (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 444, before the Second District Court of Appeal. At issue in this appeal was which statute of limitation applies to an alleged personal injury caused by prenatal exposure to toxic substances. As a result of Mr. Aharonian’s advocacy, the Court of Appeal found in favor of his client and affirmed summary judgment in its favor. In so holding, the Second District Court of Appeal departed from a decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeal that reached the opposite conclusion regarding the limitation period applicable to prenatal toxic injury cases.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Aharonian was admitted to the Order of the Coif, a prestigious national organization for top law school graduates.