Reed Aljian is one of the Firm’s co-founding partners and serves as its Managing Partner. His practice focuses on complex business litigation and consumer class actions. Past litigation matters have included commercial and business contract disputes, unfair business practices, labor and employment claims and real estate litigation. Mr. Aljian has significant experience in all phases of litigation, having represented a diverse client base as both plaintiff and defendant. He also serves as general counsel to various companies and high net worth individuals, offering corporate, transactional, and litigation consulting.
Mr. Aljian also volunteers significant time to the community. He is actively involved in pro bono cases in Los Angeles and Orange County representing low income and moderate means individuals in real and personal property litigation matters. He is a governing member of the board of the St. Michael Homeowners Association, and the chairman of Neighbor Legal Services’ Dickran Tevrizian Fellowship Committee. He is a member of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Administration of Justice (2011-2014). He was a past member of the State Bar of California’s Committee for the Delivery of Legal Services (2008-2011).
Mr. Aljian has received numerous honors for his community service. For example, in 2005, for his services representing an elderly homeowner, Public Counsel of Los Angeles honored Mr. Aljian as its Consumer Law Project Volunteer of the Year. In that action, the client was awarded the largest single-plaintiff judgment in a pro bono matter in the history of California jurisprudence. In 2008, McDermott Will & Emery honored Mr. Aljian with its annual award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Service to the Community. In addition, Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Mr. Aljian as a “Rising Star” in business litigation for each year from 2008-2011 and as a “Super Lawyer” in business litigation every year since 2012.
Mr. Aljian was born in Santa Monica, California. He obtained his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. At Berkeley, he was a four-year letterman and starting catcher on the baseball team and participated in the 1992 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduation, he played professional baseball in the California Angels baseball organization and was a member of the Northwest League Champion Boise Hawks in Boise, Idaho and the Lake Elsinore Storm in Lake Elsinore, California. After his playing career ended, Mr. Aljian worked in sales, marketing, and advertising for several minor league baseball teams located in Arizona and Texas.
Mr. Aljian obtained his juris doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. During law school, he worked as a law clerk in the Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission in its Pacific Regional Office and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Dickran Tevrizian, Jr., United States District Court Judge, Central District of California. Prior to co-founding the Firm, Mr. Aljian was a member of the trial department of two large international law firms, including Jones Day in its Los Angeles office and McDermott Will & Emery in its Orange County office.
Mr. Aljian is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and all California courts.
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