Members in the News

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February 2018

ArmenBar member Shahane A. Martirosyan joined the trial firm The deRubertis Law Firm, APC as a senior employment law litigation associate. Prior to The deRubertis Law Firm, APC, Shahane worked as an associate attorney at Abrolat Law where she advocated on behalf of victims of employment discrimination and harassment, with a small practice in wage and hour class actions. In 2016, as a third-year associate, Shahane successfully obtained two seven figure verdicts as a second-chair trial attorney in a disability discrimination action against a large grocery chain and a wage and hour class action against the largest plastics manufacturing company in Northern America. Prior to Abrolat Law, Shahane briefly practiced at Schonbrun, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman LLP where she also summered. At SSHH, Shahane worked on employment, civil rights, and human rights matters.

The deRubertis Law Firm, APC, is a leading contingency-fee boutique trial law firm which handles employment-related disputes, catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters, and contingency business litigation.  At the firm, Shahane will continue her advocacy on behalf of employees under the leadership of the firm’s lead trial attorney, David deRubertis, an accomplished trial lawyer who has been honored as the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles’ Trial Lawyer of the Year, received a California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY Award), and twice been named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year -Employment Law Individuals (Los Angeles).  Based in Studio City, California, The deRubertis Law Firm, APC handles matters statewide. For more information, visit the firm’s website at

Attorney Ani Akopyan joins Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C.  Ms. Akopyan has extensive experience in all stages of labor and employment litigation. She has achieved favorable results in a broad spectrum of employment matters including wrongful termination claims, harassment claims, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, whistleblower claims, and wage & hour claims. She also has substantial professional liability defense experience and business litigation experience, having litigated matters involving contract disputes, trade secret disputes, and business torts.

Ms. Akopyan was named to the list of Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in Southern California as well as to the California Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in California for 2007-2018. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California receive this honor. Has also been recognized as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine for 2012-2015.

January 2018

ArmenBar board member Ara Babaian has partnered with Justin Karczag (of Karczag & Associates PC) to form a new firm called Encore Law Group LLP.  Drawing on his big-firm expertise, Ara had formed Encore Law Group PC in 2001 to provide expert legal services to both pre-revenue startups and mature companies in the areas of Business and Intellectual Property Law.  Prior to that, Ara was a partner at the Beverly Hills law firm of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP.  With this new firm, he combines Encore’s transactional practice with the civil litigation practice headed by Justin Karczag who has extensive experience, and an impressive track record, in all areas of litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in successful seven- and eight-figure outcomes, from pre-litigation resolution, to multi-month jury trials.  The new law firm is headquartered in downtown Los Angeles in an office condo purchased by the principals of the firm in 2017.  The firm also has a reach in Hawaii, Nevada and Texas, representing both local clients as well as out-of-state clients doing business in those states.  Encore Law Group LLP represents a wide variety of clients in a number of industries, including Technology, Entertainment & Media, Real Estate, Health Care, Manufacturing & Distribution, Restaurant, Retail and Professional Services. For more information, visit the firm’s website at