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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 public agencies, business entities 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 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. 

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, 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. 

He has also represented multiple property and business owners in eminent domain/inverse condemnation litigation and various other claims including tort claims against multiple governmental agencies across California recovering millions of dollars on their behalf.

In 2011 and 2013-2015, Mr. Shaverdian was chosen to Rising Stars. 

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.  (2014–present)
  • City of Bakersfield.  Currently representing the City of Bakersfield with precondemnation planning and condemnation of more than 400 parcels for the Centennial Corridor Improvement Project involving relocation of 300 residential occupants and more than 150 businesses.   
  • Milpitas Unified School District.  Currently representing 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 more than 270 parcels for its Wastewater Reclamation Project.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Selected to the Rising Stars List for 2011 and 2013-2015 

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

President, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 1 Board

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

Construction Management Association of America

Armenian Bar Association

Registered Agent, California Bureau of Real Estate

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Rising Stars List for 2011 and 2013-2015 

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