people in general and these qualitiestend to stand out in all social settings.So, in spite of being a relatively smallnation geographically, we alwaysleave a big mark and I’m very proudof that.
What’s the most rewardingpart of your work?
Providing a strong voice for people, who don’t have one otherwise.
Have you ever been givengood advice that you have kept with you?
Pay attention to every simple detailin every thing that you hear andsee, because everything happensfor a reason.
What are your strengths that you feel play an important rolein your success as a lawyer?
Theoretically speaking, believingin what I do is my biggest strength.I won’t take a case unless I believein it and when I do, I will doRussian version of the IRS in theformer Soviet Union and did somemodeling for high profile make-up companies. She’s an excellentmother, an extraordinary personand my best friend.
How old is your daughter?
She’s only three years old andshe’s so smart that she starts my MacBook Air all on her own andgoes online to play Charlie andLola games on the Disney website.
So you are a family guy.
I’m a family guy. My Sundaysare spent with my wife and my daughter from 7:00 a.m. all the way to 10:00 p.m. Unless I’m in trial, I will not interrupt my Sundays withmy family for anything or anyone.
How important is Armenianculture and art in your life?
I’m a big fan of Armenian art,literature and culture. I recently attended a poetry night dedicatedbe taken in each case. Everyonehas their role in the office. They know, who is supposed to do whatand when. And, at the end of theday, our biggest motivation isbeing able to make a difference insomebody’s life.
What’s your advice for otheraspiring lawyers who are tryingto achieve their dream?
A lot of new lawyers think that inorder to be successful as a lawyer,they have to prove that they’remore aggressive than the opposingcounsel, when all they have todo is prove their case. There’sa difference between taking anaggressive approach on a case andbeing aggressive. I’m all for takingan aggressive approach on a case,if the circumstances of that case warrant so. But, nevertheless, oneshould always maintain a senseof civility and courtesy with allconcerned throughout every case,especially with opposing counsel,because ultimately they’re the ones you’re going to face at mediation,trial or on your next case. My advice is, always be prepared togo to war for your client on any case, against any opponent and atany time by making use of all theresources available to you, andremember that even in war wehave to follow specific protocols toprotect our enemies in defeat.
Do you have any majorupcoming plans for yourpractice or for the Armeniancommunity?
There’s a large population of young Armenian males in jail oron their way to prison. Most of them fall into trouble becauseof lack of education or resourcesto pursue a career path. And,unfortunately often times whenthey come out, they fall into adeeper hole, because they don’thave the academic skills or workexperience to get decent jobs. Iam in the early stages of forminga nonprofit organization with allthe right resources and staff toassist Armenian youth out of highschool in getting admitted to theright colleges for their situation.When they have a goal and decenteducation they never turn to crime!So it is up to us, our community,to make sure that Armenian youthturns into the society elite.
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everything to win it. I will find asolution, or an exception to the lawor an exception to an exception tothe rule. Practically, multi-taskingis really the biggest key to my success. One moment I may betrying a case, and the next I may bestrategizing a marketing strategy for my practice, and then signingup a client in another city. Thereare very few lawyers out therethat successfully do everythingthemselves. I’m pretty well versedin all the different aspects of thepractice after having worked inthe field for over 15 years fromparalegal to now a trial lawyer.
You seem very athletic. How do you stay so fit?
I’m a third degree black belt inKarate and have been trainingsince I was five years old. I workout at least 30 minutes per day,five-six days a week.
Your wife is absolutely beautiful, is she an actress?
No, but people always ask herthat. She used to work for theto Parouyr Sevak, an art showexhibiting the works of an Armenian artist and also sponsoredthe Armenian Comedy Awards.Events like that allow us to connect with our culture and keep it alive.
What do you do for fun?
Hang out with my friends fromGAVATY INC., put together thegreatest parties where others arealways asking to be a part of. Andof course, I travel all over the world with my wife and my friends. Wetry to take at least three-four short vacations and once a year we takea trip to the South of France. This year we’re going to Sardinia, Italy.
You must have a good team of people working for you for youto leave the office and travel allover the world.
Yes, I’m extremely fortunate tohave a brilliant team of employeesand associates that I can rely on atany time for anything. But, we alsohave a very strict system of practiceand procedure in place where wehave a road map of the steps to