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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 represents public agencies, business entities and individuals in a broad range of commercial and real estate related disputes.  In addition to his civil litigation practice, Mr. Shaverdian specializes in eminent domain/inverse condemnation and other valuation-related litigation.

He is widely recognized as an expert in California in eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters and publishes and speaks regularly on right of way acquisition and valuation related issues.  Mr. Shaverdian is regularly invited by agencies in California to put on seminars for in-house counsel and real estate staff on legal issues in the right-of-way industry and to assist in streamlining the agency’s precondemnation planning.  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,including but not limited to, advising agencies on: purchase and sale agreements; title and escrow matters for both acquisition transactions and for relocation obligations including utility relocations; rent stabilization issues; valuation of real property; lease analysis; and business goodwill.

Mr. Shaverdian has represented and continues to represent multiple public agencies as lead counsel on the acquisition of thousands of parcels of real property for some of the largest public works projects shaping California’s infrastructure including roads, highways, utilities, grade separations, rail projects, schools, flood basins and redevelopment projects.

Representative clients he has counseled and/or continues to lead include the City of Bakersfield, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, City of Modesto, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Southern California Edison, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Milpitas Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Oxnard Union High School District, High Desert Water District, the cities of Ontario, Gardena, Pico Rivera, Pomona and South Gate; the Bakersfield, Cathedral City and Glendale redevelopment agencies; and the Orange County Flood Control District.

Representative Work

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Currently assisting Metro with acquisition of properties for (i) the Westside Subway Extension Project, a $6-plus billion, 9-mile subway extension in Los Angeles and (ii) the LAX/Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project, a $2+ billion, 8.5-mile light rail line in Los Angeles, and (iii) the Rosecrans/Marquardt Grade Separation Project.
  • City of Los Angeles / Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).  Currently assisting LAWA with acquisition of properties and advising on real property matters related to a $5 billion program to ease access in and out of LAX airport by developing a consolidated rental car center, an elevated 2.5-mile automated people mover system, intermodal transportation facilities, and a joint station connecting to Los Angeles’ rail system.
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.  Currently advising the VTA on complex right-of-way property acquisition, relocation, and environmental matters for the VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project, a $4.7 billion, 6-mile light-rail line.
  • California High Speed Rail Authority.  Currently advising the California High Speed Rail Authority in multiple real estate, acquisition and relocation matters.  Providing the Authority advice on precondemnation planning, relocation planning and oversight, regulatory compliance, utility relocations, and other complex property acquisition issues for the 80-mile Merced to Fresno segment of the project.
  • City of Modesto.  Currently representing the City of Modesto in myriad real estate and right-of-way matters including pre-litigation advisory and eminent domain legal services for the State Route 132 West Freeway/Expressway Phase 1 Project involving the acquisition of dozens of commercial, farmland, orchard, and residential parcels.
  • City of Bakersfield.  Currently representing the City of Bakersfield with precondemnation planning and condemnation of over 400 parcels for the Centennial Corridor Improvement Project involving relocation of 300 residential occupants and over 150 businesses.  Notable acquisition and relocation matters include a rehabilitation hospital, a large bank, a self-storage property including the relocation of 300+ storage units, and the relocation of a complex oil and gas operation.    
  • San Diego Association of Governments.  Currently representing SANDAG with property acquisitions for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, a $1.7 billion, 11-mile trolley line extension from downtown San Diego to University City. 
  • Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority.  Represented Expo with acquisition of multiple properties for the Expo Light Rail Transit Project, a $2-plus billion, 15-mile light rail line connecting downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District.  Acquisition of more than 200 properties by eminent domain for one of the state’s largest acquisition and construction projects consisting of approximately 120 schools.  Co-led teams of attorneys representing and advising the Los Angeles Unified School District, providing pre-litigation advisory services up through trial and appeal for the acquisition of residential, commercial and industrial properties involving litigation of complex contamination, easement, and right to take issues.
    • 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.  Successfully tried the case and obtained a favorable ruling that Resource Recovery did not possess the right to occupy the property and therefore its losses were not caused by the taking.  Represented the District on appeal wherein the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's determination that Defendant was not entitled to seek loss of business goodwill against LAUSD.
  • 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 $1.4 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.
  • Milpitas Unified School District.  Represented the District with pre-litigation advisory services pertaining to the acquisition of a complex ground lease and valuation of a commercial/industrial R&D facility with dozens of business relocations for a school expansion project.
  • Southern California Edison.  Represented SCE with right-of-way acquisition services for the relocation of electric transmission lines including transmission towers and subsurface utilities throughout the City of Ontario.
  • 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.
  • City of Ontario Grade Separation.  Represented the City of Ontario in the acquisition of parcels for the South Milliken Ave. and North Vineyard Ave. grade separation projects comprising partial and full acquisitions of commercial and industrial properties in partnership with SANBAG and Union Pacific Railroad, and consisting of complex real property and business valuation, access, and utility relocation issues.
  • 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. 

Awards & Honors

Named one of the Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles for 2019 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list, 2011, 2013-2015.

Artin  N. Shaverdian
Artin  N. Shaverdian



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

B.S., University of Southern California



U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Professional Affiliations

Transportation Research Board, Member, Eminent Domain and Land Use Committee

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property and Litigation Section

International Right of Way Association – Chapter 1, Nominations & Awards Committee Chair (2019-2020); President (2018-2019); President-Elect (2017-2018)

Construction Management Association of America

Armenian Bar Association

California Department of Real Estate, Registered Agent

Awards & Honors

Named one of the Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles for 2019 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list, 2011, 2013-2015.

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