Shant A. Karnikian


Shant Karnikian is Partner with Kabateck LLP. He started as a post-bar law clerk in 2013 and worked his way up the ranks. His practice now focuses on insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injury, consumer class actions, and the firm’s trial work. Shant has served as second-chair trial counsel to the firm’s lead trial attorney Brian Kabateck on six jury trials, all of which have resulted in favorable verdicts for their clients.  In 2018, he served as second chair in an eleven-week jury trial of a mobile home habitability lawsuit where he and Brian Kabateck obtained a $39.7 million verdict—the sixth largest verdict awarded by a Los Angeles County jury in 2018. The verdict led to a settlement in excess of $56 million, the largest mobile home park habitability settlement ever recorded.

Mr. Karnikian has recover millions of dollars for policyholders who have been taken advantage of by insurance companies. In his first insurance bad faith trial, Mr. Karnikian was second chair to Brian Kabateck in a trial where KBK represented a homeowner in a lawsuit against Ameriprise Insurance. Mr. Karnikian helped obtain a jury verdict in excess of $1.3 million, including $1 million in punitive damages and over $300,000 for compensatory damages. The jury found that Ameriprise was liable for bad faith when it refused to make repairs to a home that had been damaged and flooded by vandals. The verdict in Lopez v. IDS Ameriprise is believed to be the first time in California history that a jury has awarded punitive damages in an insurance bad faith lawsuit involving a water loss claim.

In his first jury trial, Mr. Karnikian helped obtain a record-setting $3.5 million jury verdict for a woman who sustained severe eye injuries while riding on the upper deck of a chartered Starline open-air tour bus. As part of the KBK trial team in Guerra v. Starline Tours of Hollywood Inc., Mr. Karnikian successfully argued the bus company lacked safety measures and training for its employees which created a dangerous condition. This was the largest bus accident verdict in the State of California in 2015, and was one of the top 50 largest verdicts in California in 2015.

Mr. Karnikian received his law degree from Loyola Law School, where he was awarded the Dennis & Anne Beaver Scholarship for exceptional academic merit and community service. In 2010, he was selected to study at Cornell Law School’s Summer Institute at Universite De Paris Sorbonne where he completed coursework in International Commercial Arbitration, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law, and Human Rights Law. In 2012, he competed in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong, where his team was awarded for their memorandum. Most of his final year of law school was spent working directly alongside the Chief Labor & Employment Counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of General Counsel.

Mr. Karnikian currently serves on the Board of Governors of Loyola Law School. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Karnikian earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also lobbied in the halls of the state legislature on behalf of the Armenian National Committee of America, the largest Armenian-American interest group in the United States.

  • Finalist, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles “Rising Star” Award 2019
  • Largest mobile home park habitability settlement ever recorded — $56 million
  • 6th Largest Verdict for 2018 in Los Angeles County — $39.7 million
  • 11th Largest Verdict for 2018 in California — $39.7 million
  • Top Bus Accident Verdict in 2015 — $3.5 million
  • South California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Times Standard, You and the Law: Thinking of Law School? Take This Advice (March 11, 2019)
  • The Recorder: How to Get Around the Dreaded Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy (February 8, 2019)
  • Law 360, Calif. Leads the Way for Consumer Protection Laws (November 14, 2017)
  • Daily Journal, AB 2159: Immigration Status in Civil Actions (January 18, 2017)
  • Advocate, Use of Criminal Convictions in Subsequent Civil Trials (October 28, 2015)
  • Daily Journal,  The Naked Truth: Little Recourse for Cloud Based Security Breaches (September 15, 2014)
  • Daily Journal,  State Laws Fail to Keep Up with the Billowing Cloud (June 17, 2014)
  • Daily Journal, State Needs to Limit Gaming of ACA  (September 18, 2013)
  • Advocate, Being an Effective Second-Chair Trial Counsel (January 2020)

    Advocate, Being an Effective Second-Chair Trial Counsel

Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Board of Governors – 2018 to Present
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Board of Governors – 2018 to Present
Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Finalist, “Rising Star” Award – 2019
  • Nominee, “Rising Star” Award – 2018
American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division – 2013-2014
American Association of Justice
  • Insurance Committee – 2019 to Present
  • Bad Faith Litigation Group – 2019 to Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member – 2013 to Present
  • Trial Practice Inn of Court – 2012 to 2013
Armenian Bar Association
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • J.D.,  2012
University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. Political Science, 2008

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