Rising Stars Awards

Armenian Bar Association Announces Its Second “20 Under 40 Awards”

September 5, 2018

The Armenian Bar Association is pleased to announce its upcoming “20 Under 40 Awards” recognizing 20 Armenian legal professionals who, on the date of this announcement, are less than 40 years old, or have been practicing law less than 10 years, and have distinguished themselves in their area of practice.
“Our membership includes a vast array of people from all walks of life and all levels of education. Our 20 under 40 event celebrates those exemplary individuals who recently began their careers in the legal profession and whom we are proud to have as our members and colleagues.”
-Gerard Kassabian, ArmenBar Chairman

The 20 Armenian legal professionals selected will be recognized at an awards dinner in early 2019. These professionals may include practicing lawyers, law professors, and members of the judiciary.  Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Nominees should be individuals who have begun to establish themselves in their respective legal practices, whether in the private, non-profit, or government sector, in the judiciary, or in academia.  They must have a proven track record of career success, be involved in promoting their profession, and demonstrate that they give back to their communities and advance the mission of the Armenian Bar Association. To substantiate these credentials, a current resume and cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages) must be submitted and two (2) references must be provided. Additionally, letters of support are strongly encouraged as they allow the Armenian Bar Association to consider various elements in making its selection.

The deadline to nominate a colleague is Monday, September 24, 2018 and final application submission deadline is Monday, October 22, 2018.  The 20 individuals selected must be members of the Armenian Bar Association.

Nomination forms and application materials must be submitted via email to info@armenianbar.org and the subject line should read: “20 Under 40”

Grant Petrosyan
Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee
Gpetrosyan11@gmail.com

Download Nomination Form Here (Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2018)


2011: “20 Rising Stars under 40” Held in Pasadena, California (See Photos on our FaceBook page.)

The Armenian Bar Association held its inaugural “20 Rising Stars under 40” awards ceremony on July 28, 2011 at the Pandora on Green restaurant in Old Town Pasadena.

The Rising Stars award recognizes 20 Armenian legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their professions and who have made a meaningful impact on their respective communities. This year’s honorees span the globe, coming from Toronto, Boston, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, among other locations.  Master of Ceremonies Garo Hovannisian introduced each honoree to enthusiastic applause. He noted that “each of the award recipients has a remarkable story. Their accomplishments in their professions and their commitment to community and Armenian interests set them apart.” Hovannisian added that “we’re excited not only for their accomplishments thus far, but for the prospect of what lies ahead for each of them, both professionally and in terms of their contributions to the advancement of the Armenian communities worldwide.”

The 2011 Rising Stars award recipients are Ani E. Ajemian (Sherin & Lodgen, Boston, MA), Armen Akaragian (Mardirossian & Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, CA), Michael R. Amerian (Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles, CA), Henri Arslanian (UBS Investment Bank, Hong Kong), Ara A. Babaian (Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, Beverly Hills, CA), Nareg Gourjian (Gourjian Law Group, Glendale, CA), Annie P. Marandjian-Hovanessian (Vulcan Materials Company, Los Angeles, CA), Ara Jabagchourian (Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Burlingame, CA), Raffi Kassabian (Reed Smith, LLP, Los Angeles, CA), Lara Kayayan (Home Savings of America, Los Angeles, CA), Karnig Kerkonian (The Kerkonian Law Firm, LLP, Evanston, IL), Alex Khachaturian (White & Case LLP, Washington, DC), Hovanes Margarian (The Law Office of Hovanes Margarian, Sherman Oaks, CA), Armen S. Martin (Liner Grode et al., Los Angeles, CA), Mampre Pomakian (LAUSD, Office of General Counsel, Los Angeles, CA), Suzanne J. Prysak (Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago, IL), Chris K. Safarian (Safarian & Choi, Los Angeles, CA), Nicole J. Simonian (Bryan Cave LLP, Santa Monica, CA), and Fernand Vartanian (ACE INA Insurance, Toronto, ONT, Canada).