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Hon. Armand Arabian

Associate Justice, California Supreme Court, Retired

Justice Armand Arabian authored more than 100 majority opinions on the California Supreme Court and has conducted hundreds of complex arbitrations and mediations since he retired from the bench and became a private neutral in 1996. Highly regarded and frequently honored for his lifetime commitment to public service, Justice Arabian’s distinguished legal career includes nearly five decades of experience and expertise in a broad range of subject matters.



Complex commercial, insurance coverage, real estate,
environmental, bad faith, personal injury, medical
malpractice, wrongful death, family, legal malpractice, fee


Justice Arabian has served as a mediator, arbitrator and
special master for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he was an
Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (1990-96);
Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second
District (1983-90); Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (1973-
83), and Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge (1972-73).
He was an attorney in private practice and a Los Angeles
County Deputy District Attorney before being appointed
to the bench.

On the state Supreme Court, Justice Arabian was known
as a prolific and colorful author of opinions, many of
them humorous and filled with literary references. He was
appointed by then Gov. Ronald Reagan and became the
first supervising judge of the North Valley Courthouse in
San Fernando, rising rapidly through the court system. A
nationally recognized leader in the reform of rape laws, he
created the sexual assault victim counselor privilege now
embodied in the California Evidence Code and adopted
by 29 other states.

Justice Arabian was an adjunct professor at Pepperdine
University School of Law, where he taught appellate




Recipient of countless awards for his dedication
and distinguished service from prestigious legal,
educational and community organizations, ranging
from Boston University School of Law’s highest
alumni recognition, the Silver Shingle award, to the
San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s first Lifetime
Achievement Award for “justice tempered with

Co-founder of the prestigious Justice Armand Arabian
Leaders In Public Service Awards given annually by
the Encino Chamber of Commerce.

Author of numerous published articles over the
past 30 years in newspapers and legal publications
including the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily
Journal and the Pepperdine Law Review.


L.L.M., 1970, University of Southern California Law

J.D., 1961, Boston University School of Law.

B.A., 1956, Boston University.

Justice Arabian is available throughout California.

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