Alex R. Baghdassarian

Alex R. Baghdassarian: Attorney with Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation


Alex R. Baghdassarian is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice on construction contract administration, development agreements, and claims and litigation, including construction defects and delays, and claims involving defaults and terminations. Mr. Baghdassarian handles binding arbitrations, and jury and bench trials in Federal and State Court., and represents clients in Northern and Southern California.


Mr. Baghdassarian obtained a 152 million jury verdict for the owner in the Royal Palm Resort litigation, a 10-month jury trial on Guam involving the structural collapse of a high-rise hotel during an earthquake. He also represented the owners of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in connection with 60 million in claims asserted by the contractors, working closely with the County of Los Angeles’ in-house and outside counsel to resolve the county’s property rights with respect to the completed concert hall.

Mr. Baghdassarian obtained a 30M arbitration award in a claim for defects in construction of a landfill, and recently secured a defense verdict on behalf of a general contractor in a breach of contract claim involving the renovation of a historic building in which the client was also awarded its attorneys’ fees. He’s been lead counsel for mechanics’ lien claimants on various matters pending before the Superior Court of California Complex Litigation Panel.

Mr. Baghdassarian helped negotiate the construction contracts for two marquis projects in Los Angeles: The Wilshire Grand Center, which, upon completion in 2017, became the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and the Midfield Satellite Concourse project, the first all new terminal construction at the Los Angeles International Airport since the 1960’s, which will house 22 new aircraft gates. He’s also acted as Project Counsel for several complex construction projects, including the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District project slated for completion in 2020.

As part of his diverse construction litigation practice, Mr. Baghdassarian has handled bid protests involving municipal agencies as well as the Office of Hearings and Appeals for small business administration matters, and disputes involving commercial general liability policies, excess insurance and reinsurance issues, as well as surety coverage.

Mr. Baghdassarian received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and he served as an extern to the Hon. William J. Rea, United States District Court for the Central District of California.


Super Lawyers 2013-2018

Best Lawyers 2015-2017

Chambers USA, 2018

Publications & Presentations

AB 1701 - General Contractor Liability for Subcontractors’ Unpaid Wages, Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, November 2017

Public Contract Code 9204 - A New Mandatory Claims Process for Contractors and Subcontractors - and a Possible Trap for the Unwary, Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, March 2017

A Contractual Agreement Between an Owner and a Builder to Shorten the Statute of Limitations is Enforceable, Even if it Results in a Claim Being Time-Barred Before it is Discovered, Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, November 2013

SB474 and Changes To California’s Contractual Indemnity Provisions, Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, December 2012

Looking Out For Number One - Safeguarding Lien Rights When Construction Loans Collapse, Client Alert, 2010

Waiving the Right to Sue , Construction and Design Newsletter, Vol. 8, 2002 (co-author)

Tactical Disqualification for Attorneys , ABTL Report, May 1992 (co-author)

Time Limits at Trial: Cutting The Case Down to Size , ABTL Report, January 1992

News and Events

Wow!! Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Murphy’s Law Strikes, Now What? Insurance Coverage in California for Construction Claims

Thirty-Four Attorneys Across the Firm have been Named 2019 Best Lawyers In America

Alex Baghdassarian and Nate Cohen Co-Author Article in the Daily Journal, Los Angeles

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management
  • Government Contracts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310.228.1075  Phone
310.228.1076  Fax
University Attended:
University of Chicago, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Southern California, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the Western District of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; United States District Court for the Central District of California; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of California; 1989, California

Professional Associations

•Los Angeles County Bar Association - Construction Subsection
•Construction Management Association of America
•Southern California Development Forum


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