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Emilia A. Arutunian

San Diego

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Emilia A. Arutunian is an Associate in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including pre-litigation claims and litigation, as well as preventive advice and counseling.

Ms. Arutunian’s family migrated to the United States as refugees due to ethnic and religious persecution after the fall of the Soviet Union, she was six years old at the time. Her unique background has resulted in her authentic interdisciplinary worldview, which has been an asset in her practice. While attending law school, Ms. Arutunian completed an externship with the Honorable Larry Alan Burns, the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. After graduating law school at 24 years old, she immediately recognized and cultivated her passion for defense litigation.

Ms. Arutunian is an active member of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), an organization which works to promote justice and economic opportunity around the world. Ms. Arutunian's focus within ROLI is on the country of Armenia. Ms. Arutunian is also a board member of the San Diego Branch of the Society for Armenian Orphaned Relief, an international organization whose mission is to raise funds to provide humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children and adults with disabilities throughout the world. She is a board member of Frederich’s Ataxia Movement, an organization dedicated to fundraising and raising awareness to support scientific research for Frederich’s Ataxia, a neuro-muscular disorder. 

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Armenia Branch
  • Frederich's Ataxia Movement, Board Member
  • Society for Armenian Orphaned Relief, San Diego Branch, Board Member


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Start Planning Your Workplace Sexual Harassment Trainings Early – The Ins and Outs of the Training Requirements Going into Place in 2020
March 11, 2019

California employment law is changing once again.  By January 1, 2020, an employer having five or more employees will be required to provide at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all of its employees, once every two years. Read More

CASE LAW UPDATE: California Employees Cannot be Compelled to Arbitrate PAGA Claim Without the Government’s Consent
March 11, 2019

In a recent case, the California Court of Appeal held, employees could not be compelled to arbitrate their claim under California’s Private Attorney General Act without the government’s consent, despite signing an arbitration agreement. Correia v. NB Baker Electric. Read More