Mr. Khojayan earned his J.D., with Distinction, from the University of the Pacific. As a trial lawyer from 1998-2002 for the Federal Defenders of San Diego, he conducted numerous federal felony trials with most resulting in not guilty verdicts. He has also authored and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gaining reversals in several cases. After working as a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders, Mr. Khojayan joined the nationally known plaintiff’s class-action law firm of Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach LLP where he litigated securities class action lawsuits. Within Milberg Weiss, Mr. Khojayan was part of a select group of lawyers that handled complex, shareholder lawsuits involving mergers and acquisitions, in addition to his securities class action case load. In 2004, Mr. Khojayan opened his own practice in Los Angeles, California, where he defends clients against complex criminal accusations and litigates complex civil lawsuits. Mr. Khojayan is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Khojayan is also the creator of the JurySelectionPro to help attorneys select the right juries for their cases. The JurySelectionPro is a direct result of his trial experience and the methods he has used to consistently and effectively select the best juries for his cases.
Aleen Balabanian is an excellent lawyer and an asset to the Firm. She attended the University of Southern California on various scholarships including the prestigious Town & Gown Scholarship. Ms. Balabanian graduated with Summa Cum Laude Honors while receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Sociology and Spanish and a Minor in Business. Ms. Balabanian then earned her law degree from Southwestern Law School where she was a Paul Wildman Scholarship recipient. She has previously worked at the insurance defense firm of Robinson Di Lando where she gained experience in civil litigation. Ms. Balabanian handles complex civil litigation. She prides herself on her detailed and thorough legal work on behalf of her clients. She speaks Spanish and Armenian fluently.
Gracie Mena works as a paralegal for the firm. Gracie Mena’s duties include preparation of personal injury cases, civil litigation, and immigration cases including H-2 Visas and applications under the DREAM ACT or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (http://dreamact.info/and http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp) She helps maintain contact with clients and lawyer throughout the entire case.