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Helping Clients Navigate a Challenging Legal System

“ We bring the same power, resources, experience, and novel approach to every case we handle. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted and recovered more than $1 billion dollars across our various practice areas. We approach and pursue each case with the expectation of a jury trial which allows us to aggressively prosecute our clients’ cases to their full potential,” says Ralph Kalfayan, Managing Partner, San Diego at Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP. The firm serves clients throughout California in multiple practice areas.

Personal Injury
Kalfayan Merjanian is a one-stop shop for victims of accidents, offering experienced representation in such diverse areas as: automotive accidents, assault and battery, boat accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian, physical trauma, products liability, slip-and-fall, traumatic brain injury, premise liability, trucking accidents, and wrongful death. Kalfayan Merjanian even has former insurance defense attorneys who now work on the plaintiff’s side at the firm.
“We see client representation as one part of the healing process, a significant part, of course, but only one element of many. We work just as hard to assist our clients in the total healing process,” says Vic A. Merjanian, Managing Partner, Newport Beach at Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP.

Businesses and consumers can fall victim to unlawful antitrust practices. They deserve not only fair business practices, but restitution for damages, which most often requires skilled and experienced legal representation. The typical types of antitrust violations the firm handles include: agreements in restraint of trade, monopolization and oligopolization, price fixing, and unlawful tying arrangements (forcing the purchase of a second product or service to obtain the desired product or service). The firm has extensive experience handling these matters in state and federal courts.

Business Litigation
Kalfayan says, “We’re attorneys but we are also business people, and in fact, business owners, also owning other businesses in addition to the law firm. We handle the small details, but within the context of the big picture. We stay ahead of the game by anticipating and overcoming the challenges blocking a client’s success.” The firm’s unique financial accounting background allows their attorneys to understand a client’s business needs and how to best represent those interests in today’s equally challenging legal environment.

Consumer Protection
Representation areas covered by the Kalfayan Merjanian team include: false advertising, unconscionable pricing, charging for services that were never provided, cellular telephone disputes, rental car disputes and other areas of consumer law.

Partnering in Success
“We formed Kalfayan Merjanian to help clients in specific practice areas navigate the challenges of a complex legal system. Having had several friends and family members directly involved or injured by having their legal rights trampled upon, we wanted to pursue justice on their behalf and also for all the other people in the same situation but who may not have the resources or guidance to know how to proceed with their recovery,” says Merjanian.

Ralph B. Kalfayan, Esq. – Managing Partner, San Diego
The firm was founded in 2013 by Ralph B. Kalfayan and Vic A. Merjanian and has grown to include approximately two dozen full-time attorneys and staff.
Kalfayan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, graduating with honors from the University of San Diego in 1982. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from University of San Diego School of Law.
He joined the law firm of Borton Petrini & Conron in 1988 and became a partner in 1991. His major practice area was business litigation including real estate disputes, general commercial litigation, corporate work, partnership work, tax litigation or consulting work, contract disputes, and large acquisition work. He is an experienced trial attorney and has handled a number of civil trials before a jury and several major appeals. Kalfayan was selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers list, an honor bestowed on those lawyers who exhibit excellence in their field of practice. Only five percent of attorneys in San Diego receive this distinction. One noteworthy article Kalfayan co-authored with Merjanian is called Ensuring Access to Affordable Medication: The Supreme Court’s Opinion in F.T.C. v. Actavis, Inc. which appeared in the Summer 2013 edition of The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California Vol. 22, No. 2. The article was subsequently cited by courts.
In August 1993, Kalfayan became of counsel to the Law Offices of Krause & Kalfayan, and in January 1994, became partner. In January 2013, Kalfayan co-founded the firm of Kalfayan Merjanian where he is presently a managing partner. “We wanted to help people. Our friends and families have been deeply touched by legal issues, whether it’s relating to business transactions, injury, or the consumable products they rely on. We have personally seen the struggle caused by injustice. The day-to-day hurdles that should not exist in our society. We have made it our mission to help people navigate struggle so that they may have the best chance to thrive as individuals and as contributors to society,” he says.

Vic A. Merjanian, Esq. – Managing Partner
Merjanian received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, San Diego with a 4.0 major GPA and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, School of Law. He served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the inaugural edition of The San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, the nation’s first student-run climate change and renewable energy law journal.
He is the founder and managing partner of Kalfayan Merjanian LLP’s Newport Beach office. His primary practice areas include antitrust, business litigation, civil litigation, and personal injury.
His affiliations include the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Armenian Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and before the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California.
Merjanian serves as a Board Member of the Board of Directors for Two Wings, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking. Previously, he served as a co-founder and leader of a community group in San Diego dedicated to assisting the families of deployed military personnel. He is also a member of Surfrider Foundation. He is fluent in Armenian and is also proficient in basic Spanish and has classical training in piano, music theory, and guitar.
“My partner and I worked together for several years. As we continued to work together, our mutual respect and admiration of each other continued to grow. At the same time, more and more opportunities came our way to help people through our legal services, and outside of legal services in the other companies we own together. It was a natural transition, or rather growth and evolution of what we already had,” Merjanian says.

Aggressively Innovative
Kalfayan Merjanian is aggressive in exploring and adapting new ideas and new technologies. Several years ago the firm implemented electronic and paperless practices while these methods were still budding. The process allowed the attorneys and staff to communicate more effectively and efficiently with clients, provide them better access to materials relating to their cases, and at fast and reliable speeds.
The firm has begun rapidly expanding with referrals in the areas of Uber- and Lyft-related accidents. These cases pose many interesting legal issues and the firm’s attorneys have become adept at navigating the complex fact patterns and insurance and liability quandaries found in such cases.
“We have continued to evolve our practices to provide the latest and greatest to our clients. Our firm continues to practice heavily in our primary practice areas but constantly grows and evolves as our clients request additional services and our commitment to innovation is an extension of our continuing efforts toward client satisfaction,” says Merjanian.

Hitting the Legal Home Runs
The Kalfayan Merjanian team is composed of litigation attorneys. All cases are handled directly by those attorneys with secondary support from an experienced support staff. Team members “roundtable” cases with the entire firm every week to provide multiple perspectives and legal approaches for each case.
Management encourages building strong relationships and maintaining open and thorough communication as some of the best tools for achieving success for their clients. “A fun way we foster this is by meeting with any new potential client in our conference rooms and usually enjoying some chocolate or gelato with them as we learn more about each other and explore their case. Sharing a snack and having a more casual sit down provides a great venue to spring board off as we then begin representation,” says Merjanian.
“On average, our litigation attorneys are able to obtain recoveries three to five times higher than the top offer at competitor firms on the same case once they’ve been referred in to our office,” he says.
For example, the firm’s most memorable case was the In re Cipro antitrust litigation in which the firm’s attorneys filed the first consumer class action case in the State of California against generic and brand name companies for manipulating the price of Cipro. The case resolved after sixteen years of litigation and a trip to the California Supreme Court. The settlement was one of the largest settlements for California consumers in a reverse payment antitrust case in State court, says Kalfayan.
On the other end of the spectrum, the firm receives and routinely resolves personal injury or business litigation cases pro bono when clients are severely injured but recovery options are limited.
A client wrote, “I’ve talked to Vic many times about legal issues and he’s always provided good advice and valuable insight.”

Vic A. Merjanian, Esq. & Ralph B. Kalfayan, Esq.
Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP
500 Newport Center Dr., Suite 950
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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