Shant Karnikian’s practice focuses on consumer class actions, insurance bad faith, and personal injury. Mr. Karnikian has successfully litigated cases involving labor and employment violations, wrongful death, trucking collisions, bus accidents, and insurance bad faith. He has been a member of the KBK trial team in multiple jury trials and has helped clients recover millions from responsible parties through jury verdicts and settlements.
Most recently, 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 2015, 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.
- 2018 Southern California Rising Stars- Civil Litigation- Plaintiff
- 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
- 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
- 2015 Top Verdict for Vehicle Bus Accident – $3.5 million
- 2018 CAOC Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California
- Loyola Law School Board of Governors (2015-Present)
- Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- American Bar Association – Vice Chair of Young Lawyer’s Division (2013-2014)
- Los Angeles County Bar Association – Trial Practice Inn of Court Member
- 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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