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Emilia A. Arutunian

San Diego

P 619-573-4900 F 619-573-4901


Emilia A. Arutunian


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.

Emilia’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, Emilia 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.

Emilia 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. Her focus within ROLI is on the country of Armenia. Emilia 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. 

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Litigation - Labor and Employment" (2021-present)


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


  • "Implicit Bias- What It is and What You Can Do About It (CLE Presentation)," Association of Corporate Counsel 2020 Legal Update (California, January 2020) (presenter)
  • "What Can Employers Do Now That Marijuana is Legal in California? (CLE Presentation)," Professionals in Human Resources Association 2020 Legal Update (San Diego and Riverside, California January 2020) (presenter)
  • "AB51- The Likely Future of Employment Arbitration Agreements in California (CLE Presentation)," Jackson Lewis San Diego Breakfast Seminar (San Diego, California, December 2019) (presenter)
  • "Sexual Harassment Prevention Training in the #MeToo Era (CLE Presentation)," Association of Corporate Counsel (California, August 2019) (presenter)