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Nossaman LLP

Artin N. Shaverdian


T 213.612.7811
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Artin Shaverdian is an experienced litigator representing business entities, public agencies and individuals in a broad range of commercial and real estate related disputes. In addition to his business and real property litigation practice, Mr. Shaverdian specializes in eminent domain / inverse condemnation litigation, other valuation related litigation, construction disputes, and municipal and redevelopment matters.  

He is widely recognized as an expert in California in eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters and speaks regularly on eminent domain issues. In addition to representing clients in litigation matters, he also provides strategic advice and counseling to his clients to creatively resolve or proactively avoid disputes.
Mr. Shaverdian has represented multinational corporations, business entities and individuals in a variety of industries including technology, oil and gas, hospitality, food and beverage, manufacturing, and various others in litigation and other related matters. He has also represented public agency clients such as the Riverside County Transportation Commission, Los Angeles Unified School District, Oxnard Union High School District, High Desert Water District, City of Ontario, City of Gardena, City of Pico Rivera, City of Pomona, City of South Gate, Bakersfield Redevelopment Agency, Cathedral City Redevelopment Agency, Glendale Redevelopment Agency, and Orange County Flood Control District in various litigation matters.

Los Angeles magazine has recognized Mr. Shaverdian as a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" from 2011-2015.

Representative Work

  • Represented an S&P 500 multinational technology corporation, in litigation against a multination energy company for its installation and operation of high-voltage power lines adjacent to the corporation's R&D facilities resulting in interference with instruments and business processes.  Obtained a favorable settlement before trial.
  • Represented the owners of a bar and lounge, against a joint power transit authority for the taking of and interference with the business' operations due to construction of its transit project.  Obtained over $525,000 in damages and benefits.
  • Represented the owners of a multi-million dollar wholesale fabric distribution business in an action against multiple public agencies and the transit authority for impairment of access and interference with the owners' property interests and business operations.    After mediation, obtained nearly $600,000 to resolve the matter.
  • Represented a multinational service station against a local municipality for its acquisition of a portion of the property eliminating fueling stations. Obtained over $400,000 in compensation and benefits for the operator. 
  • Represented a national food distribution corporation against a developer and a municipality for interference with the distributor's business operations and taking of its property.  Obtained nearly $1.2 million dollars in damages to resolve the matter.
  • Represented a national developer against a former redevelopment agency in a declaratory relief and breach of contract action for failure to proceed with the project and lost profits.  Obtained a multi-million dollar undisclosed settlement for the developer.

Public Agency Focus

  • Riverside County Transportation Commission - Represented the Riverside County Transportation Commission in the pre-litigation planning and acquisition of hundreds of parcels of full and part-take residential, commercial and industrial properties, including relocation advisory services through litigation, for the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project, a $1.3 billion design-build project to add regular and tolled expressed lanes and make improvements extending from the Riverside County/Orange County line to the I-15.  Defended multiple right to take challenges and obtained timely prejudgment possession of hundreds of parcels to meet critical construction, FHWA certification and funding deadlines.
  • City of Ontario Grade Separations – Represented the City of Ontario in full and partial acquisitions of dozens of parcels of commercial and industrial properties near the Ontario Airport for the South Milliken Avenue and North Vineyard Avenue Grade Separation projects.
  • High Desert Water District – Represented the High Desert Water District in Yucca Valley in the planning and acquisition of subsurface sewer easements and other property interests from over 270 parcels for its Wastewater Reclamation Project.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District – Represented the Los Angeles Unified School District over a ten year period in the acquisition of properties for the largest school construction building program in history, consisting of acquisition of over 450 acres of land for the construction of 131 new schools.  Secured all property rights for various school projects at or below the District's budget, and on a timely basis for construction and to meet funding deadlines.
  • Cities of Gardena, Pico Rivera and Pomona – Represented the various cities in multiple eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters in connection with several grade separation projects.
  • Glendale Redevelopment Agency – Represented the Glendale Redevelopment Agency in the acquisition of dozens of parcels of commercial and residential properties for the Americana at Brand project.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District v. Resource Recovery, LLC, 2012 WL 1859430 - Represented the Los Angeles Unified School District in eminent domain action to acquire property for the construction of school facilities.  Defendant, Resource Recovery, LLC,  occupied the subject property at the time of the filing of the eminent domain action.  Defendant continued to claim a loss of approximately $2 million in business goodwill, despite an attempted eviction of the business by the landlord just prior to the filing of the condemnation action. The trial court concluded that Resource Recovery did not possess the right to occupy the property and therefore its losses were not caused by the taking. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's determination that Defendant was not entitled to seek loss of business goodwill against LAUSD.

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2011-2015 by Los Angeles magazine.

Artin  N. Shaverdian
Artin  N. Shaverdian



J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2002

B.S., University of Southern California



United States District Court, Central District of California

Professional Affiliations

Member, Eminent Domain and Land Use Committee, Transportation Research Board 
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles County Bar Association's Real Property and Litigation Section
International Right of Way Association
Construction Management Association of America
Armenian Bar Association
Registered Agent, California Bureau of Real Estate

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2011-2015 by Los Angeles magazine.

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