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Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian

Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.)

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Practice Areas
Civil Rights
Class Action/Mass Tort
Construction Defect
Employment Law
Entertainment & Sports
Federal Judge
Financial Markets
Intellectual Property
Personal Injury/Torts
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.) is best known for his ability to bring disparate groups together in even the most difficult situations when parties are unyielding. He takes an active role in case management and in settling cases.

Recipient of numerous awards and recognized as an “excellent, shining star, great judge, kind human being, and 13 or 14 on a scale of 10,” Judge Tevrizian is widely respected for doing the right thing according to existing law. Judge Tevrizian joined JAMS after serving more than 32 years of his legal career on both the federal and the state trial courts, where he served 22 of those years on the U.S. District Court for the Central Distirct of California.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • While on the bench, many judges sent their most complex cases to Judge Tevrizian to settle
  • Resolved approximately 10,000 cases while serving on the bench
  • Participated in negotiations in hundreds of cases involving a wide variety of issues, including:
    • Aviation
    • Business/Commercial
    • Construction
    • Employment
    • Entertainment
    • Environmental
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Personal Injury including premises liability and product liability
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability including legal and accounting malpractice
    • Real Estate
    • Securities

Representative Matters

  • As a federal district judge in the Central District of California, he presided over cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction and decided several notable cases
  • An active settlement judge, Judge Tevrizian mediated the settlement of a wide range of complex cases including copyright, patent, securities, employment, civil rights, aviation, real estate, and general commercial disputes
  • Presided over numerous Multi District Litigation (M.D.L.) matters
  • Successfully resolved complex contract, patent, copyright, trademark, employment, professional liability, securities, and insurance coverage disputes, as well as tort cases
  • Managed complex commercial disputes in a variety of fields including energy, entertainment, contract, real property, securities, intellectual property, insurance coverage, and patent litigation
  • Handled cases involving consumer and civil rights class actions, Clean Water Act violations, Federal False Claims Act matters, and a variety of employment discrimination disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2024
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019-2020
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2016
  • Recognized as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2010 and 2012
  • Emil Gumpert Award for promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005
  • Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Public Service Award, Orange County Federal Bar Association, 2003
  • Maynard Toll Award for service to the underprivileged, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2002
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, 1999
  • Federal Court Trial Judge of the Year, Malibu Bar Association, 1998
  • Peter The Great Gold Medal of Honor, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences for outstanding contributions to the field of law, 1998
  • Trial Jurist of the Year, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1994-1995
  • Trial Judge of the Year, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • Advisory Director to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Policy
  • Member, Board of Directors, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation, Armenian Eye Care Project, Exceptional Children’s Foundation
  • Lecturer for numerous Bar Associations, California Continuing Education Programs, and State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Background and Education

  • Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1986-2007
  • Of Counsel, Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, Los Angeles, CA, 1985-1986
  • Partner, Manatt Phelps Rothenberg & Tunney, Los Angeles, CA, 1982-1985
  • Judge, Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles, 1978-1982
  • Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1972-1978
  • Partner, Kirtland & Packard, Los Angeles, CA, 1966-1972
  • Tax Accountant, Arthur Anderson & Company, 1965-1966
  • J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, 1965
  • B.S., cum laude, Finance and Accounting, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1962


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