The following representations do not constitute a guarantee of outcome in other situations. See disclaimer language below *
Civil & Business Litigation
Our firm's practice focuses principally on civil litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before various governmental agencies. We have significant experience representing businesses and businesspeople in diverse local and international business disputes, as well as representing employers and executives in a variety of employment-related matters. We represent employers and executives in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, protection of trade secrets, employee privacy rights, prevailing wage investigations and litigations, and governmental investigations by various administrative agencies. We have also provided regular counsel on a broad range of employment law matters to assist clients in avoiding costly disputes and litigation in all areas. Our firm has handled civil litigation cases at different levels of complexity both in State and Federal courts, representing mostly plaintiffs. The litigation cases we handled involved complex procedural issues which required not only a knowledge of the law that governs the dispute, but also the law governing the procedures to be followed in order to properly litigate the claim. Our firm has also handled cases in cooperation with large nationwide and multinational law firms in both State and Federal courts. Our firm has gained valuable experience with the governing rules and practices of both systems.
The firm is experienced in most types of Civil and Business Litigation cases, including breach of sales contracts, commercial agreements, representation agreements, trade related agreements, copyright and trademark infringement, employment law related disputes, construction and real estate litigation, and other business related disputes.
Business Litigation is at the core of our firm's practice. We have been involved in the resolution of various types of business disputes, whether through direct negotiations, mediation, arbitration or litigation. We have aquired substrantial experience in a wide scope of business disputes, involving joint venture formation and management related litigation, commercial lease related disputes, collection cases, distribution, representation and agency related disputes. We have also been engaged in intellectual property, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. The firm has also experience in evaluating and processing trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Serious and Catastrophic Injury Claims
Over the years we have handled hundreds of personal injury claims and cases, we successfully pursued cases involving car accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, defective product (product liability), slip and fall, burn cases, and other types of cases. Our firm is involved in all stages of the recovery process, from evaluating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident causing the injury, to trying to understand the client's personal situation during the initial consultation. Then, gathering and compiling information regarding your injuries and damages, including costs of medical treatment, therapy, physical and mental rehabilitation, attendant care costs, lost income, lost wages, and other types of losses. Our firm prides itself in achieving favorable settlements to its clients as well as successfully prosecuting cases through trial.
International Business Law
and International Taxation
With a network of contacts throughout the United States and most of the Middle East, and a presence in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Beirut, Lebanon, the firm is activly involved in both international transactions and disputes. For more than seventeen years we have been handling transnational and international matters, mostly with parties and issues involving the Middle East and Asia. Throughout those years the firm had to deal with a broad variety of legal issues, conflict of law situations and jurisdictional disputes regarding Middle Eastern and U.S. courts and legal systems, which gave us extensive experience and knowledge on those issues.
Taxation is the newest area in which the firm is practicing in association with a certified public accountant who has substantial experience in various tax issues and tax controversy matters. The firm has already established a solid working relationship and cooperation with other taxation law specialists to support the needs of its international clients.
Contracts Our firm is experienced in drafting contracts that would give you some assurance they would be enforceable in foreign jurisdictions and be accepted as "legally enforceable promises". Just like with the U.S. legal system, European and Middle Eastern laws provide remedies if a promise is breached and recognize the performance of a promise as a duty, however the scope, implementation and extent of those remedies are different. Contracts also arise when a duty does or may come into existence, because of a promise made by one of the parties. But for instance, to be legally binding as a contract, under U.S. laws a promise must be exchanged for adequate consideration; that is not true in some of the Middle Eastern systems. Likewise, in the U.S. legal system, adequate consideration is a benefit or detriment which a party receives which reasonably and fairly induces them to make the promise/contract; but is not a requirement in other systems. We have assisted our clients with negotiating, drafting, executing, and implementing a wide array of contracts involving real estate, businesses, personal property, and intellectual property. Other contracts included real estate leases and construction contracts.
Entity formation: Corporations and Partnerships Wehave assisted our business clients in the selection and formation of legal business entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies both in the Middle East and California.
We have represented in association with Immigration certified specialists, clients seeking immigration to the United States through business visas or family based petitions. We represent both business entities seeking visas for employees as well as foreign investors seeking to obtain a business visa in the United States in order to start and operate businesses locally. We also assist qualified permanent residents (Green Card holders) with obtaining United States citizenship.
*Disclaimer This disclaimer applies to each and every statement and representation made on this website. Nothing in this website and/or in each of the representations made herein or on the other pages, is to be construed as a promise or guarantee about the outcome of your matter. Astourian & Associates makes no such promises or guarantees. Although the representations may express favorable outcome reached in previous cases and matters we handled, no representation could be made about possible results regarding other cases with different subject matters and circumstances, the uncertainties associated with legal matters makes it impractical and impossible for us to assure you of any particular result, or the likelihood of success (financial or otherwise) of any matter.
A s t o u r i a n A n d A s s o c i a t e s I n c.
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Offices in: Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Beirut
Main Office: 35 East Union Street, Suite D, Pasadena, CA 91103