Alex R. Baghdassarian is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice on construction contract administration, development agreements, and claims and litigation, including construction defects and delays, and claims involving defaults and terminations. Mr. Baghdassarian handles binding arbitrations, and jury and bench trials in Federal and State Court., and represents clients in Northern and Southern California.
“We have comprehensive understanding of the regulatory and legal issues that affect the industry—one which often results in us being among the first to learn of developments that may impact our clients’ businesses.”
Mr. Baghdassarian obtained a $152 million jury verdict for the owner in the Royal Palm Resort litigation, a 10-month jury trial on Guam involving the structural collapse of a high-rise hotel during an earthquake. He also represented the owners of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in connection with $60 million in claims asserted by the contractors, working closely with the County of Los Angeles’ in-house and outside counsel to resolve the county’s property rights with respect to the completed concert hall.
Mr. Baghdassarian obtained a $30M arbitration award in a claim for defects in construction of a landfill, and recently secured a defense verdict on behalf of a general contractor in a breach of contract claim involving the renovation of a historic building in which the client was also awarded its attorneys’ fees. He’s been lead counsel for mechanics’ lien claimants on various matters pending before the Superior Court of California Complex Litigation Panel.
Mr. Baghdassarian helped negotiate the construction contracts for two marquis projects in Los Angeles: The Wilshire Grand Center, which, upon completion in 2017, became the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and the Midfield Satellite Concourse project, the first all new terminal construction at the Los Angeles International Airport since the 1960’s, which will house 22 new aircraft gates. He’s also acted as Project Counsel for several complex construction projects, including the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District project slated for completion in 2020.
As part of his diverse construction litigation practice, Mr. Baghdassarian has handled bid protests involving municipal agencies as well as the Office of Hearings and Appeals for small business administration matters, and disputes involving commercial general liability policies, excess insurance and reinsurance issues, as well as surety coverage.
Mr. Baghdassarian received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and he served as an extern to the Hon. William J. Rea, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
State of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Western District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association – Construction Subsection
Construction Management Association of America
Southern California Development Forum
University of Chicago, B.A.
University of Southern California, J.D.
Chambers USA, Construction Law, California, 2020
Super Lawyers 2013-2020
Best Lawyers 2015-2020
“AB5: New Requirements for Independent Contractor Classification, and its Potential Impacts on the Construction Industry,” Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, December 2019 (co-author)
"A High Stakes Game: Managing Risk for Stadium & Entertainment Projects", Construction SuperConference, December 2019 (Presenter)
"As steel tariffs come into play, contractors should review contracts," Daily Journal, May 2018 (co-author)
"AB 1701 – General Contractor Liability for Subcontractors’ Unpaid Wages," Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, November 2017
"Public Contract Code 9204 – A New Mandatory Claims Process for Contractors and Subcontractors – and a Possible Trap for the Unwary," Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, March 2017
"A Contractual Agreement Between an Owner and a Builder to Shorten the Statute of Limitations is Enforceable, Even if it Results in a Claim Being Time-Barred Before it is Discovered," Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, November 2013
"SB474 and Changes To California's Contractual Indemnity Provisions," Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, December 2012
"Looking Out For Number One - Safeguarding Lien Rights When Construction Loans Collapse," Client Alert, 2010
"Waiving the Right to Sue", Construction and Design Newsletter, Vol. 8, 2002 (co-author)
"Tactical Disqualification for Attorneys", ABTL Report, May 1992 (co-author)
"Time Limits at Trial: Cutting The Case Down to Size", ABTL Report, January 1992