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James Azadian joined the firm in 2010 and became a partner in 2012. Mr. Azadian serves as the Chair of the firm’s Appellate, Writs, and Constitutional Law Group. He is admitted to practice in the California state courts, District of Columbia courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, as well as the United States District Courts for the Central District of California, the District of Columbia, and the District of Maryland. Before joining the firm, Mr. Azadian was a litigation and appellate associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP, and earlier held judicial clerkships with the Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Azadian’s practice focuses primarily on appellate, constitutional law, regulatory law and affairs, and intellectual property litigation. He has served as lead counsel in dozens of appeals and writ proceedings in a wide variety of areas. In particular, Mr. Azadian has developed an expertise in the First Amendment, Article 1 of the California Constitution, and the application of California’s anti-SLAPP statute in federal court. Mr. Azadian also works on regulatory matters, with a focus on the 8(a) Business Development Program administered through the United States Small Business Administration. Additionally, Mr. Azadian counsels a variety of clients affected by the redevelopment agency dissolution process mandated under the California Community Redevelopment Law, including city attorneys, city managers, city finance departments, successor agencies, oversight boards, and private parties to redevelopment agency contracts.

Mr. Azadian has represented clients in the telecommunications, outdoor advertising, aerospace, pharmaceutical, medical device, agricultural, entertainment, insurance, and banking industries, among others, as well as religious institutions and trade and sports associations. He has authored numerous briefs and pleadings in cases before state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He has substantial experience litigating high-stakes disputes involving complex issues and overseeing considerable discovery production and review of sensitive information in a variety of forums, including state and federal regulatory agencies. He also has substantial experience in internal corporate investigations, high-profile congressional and U.S. Department of Justice investigations, and in creating and implementing strategic mass-media and public-relations campaigns to preserve client interests. Mr. Azadian frequently serves as special counsel to other law firms to prepare advocates for oral argument and to assist with the drafting of appellate briefs as well as critical motions at the trial court level.

In addition, Mr. Azadian is an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses for Legal Ethics at the University of Southern California, and Appellate Advocacy at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has also served as an adjunct professor for an undergraduate course in Law and Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and supervised students of the Northwestern University School of Law Supreme Court Practicum in preparing merits briefs, petitions for certiorari, and in conducting moot courts for lawyers arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Languages spoken: English, Armenian

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  1. Appeals: 60%
    11 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    14 years
  3. Government: 20%
    9 years



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Enterprise Counsel Group ALC

Three Park Plaza
14th Floor
Irvine, CA, 92614


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2013 Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
2012 Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
2011 Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
2010 Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Vincent F. Prada Pro Bono AwardSidley Austin LLP2008
Vincent F. Prada Pro Bono AwardSidley Austin LLP2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer RepresentativeUnited States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit2013 - Present
PartnerEnterprise Counsel Group ALC2010 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal and Social EthicsUniversity of Southern California, School of Law and School of Communications2010 - Present
Member (Second Term)United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules and Internal Operating Procedures2009 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Appellate AdvocacyPepperdine University School of Law2008 - Present
Court Settlement OfficerLos Angeles County Superior Court2008 - Present
Appellate AssociateHorvitz & Levy, LLP2008 - 2010
Appellate & Litigation AssociateSidley Austin LLP (Washington, D.C. Office)2006 - 2008
Law ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (The Honorable Consuelo Maria Callahan, U.S. Circuit Judge)2004 - 2006
Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the District Of Columbia (The Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, U.S. District Judge)2001 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts SectionMember2009 - Present
Appellate Court Experience ProgramInstructor, California Court of Appeal for the Second District2009 - Present
Ninth Circuit Civics Leadership Program for At-Risk YouthFounder and Instructor2009 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DiMarco v. SingerWon the appeal
Barnes, Crosby, FitzGerald & Zeman v. RinglerWon the appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily Journal"Circuit Reluctant to Remove anti-SLAPP"2013
The Reserve & National Guard Magazine (AmeriForce Publishing)"Do You Qualify? Entrepreneur and Other Small Business Programs for Reserve Component Members"2013
Los Angeles Lawyer"Preserving an Evidentiary Objection for Appellate Review"2010
(Co-Author, State Bar of California Litigation Section), 2008 California Litigation Review"Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions"2009
State Bar of California Skill-Builder Magazine"How to Make a Proper Record for Appeal"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - Los AngelesEconomics and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998