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S. Jacob Babachanian

Criminal defense Attorney at Glendale, CA

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About S. Jacob

Learn S. Jacob’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Representing the accused in felony and misdemeanor cases in California and federal courts.

    30 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Representing those accused of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI / DUI Drugs) in California courts.

    27 years

  3. Litigation
    25%
    Representing primarily plaintiffs in general civil litigation (e.g. personal injury and accident claims, fraud cases, police misconduct and brutality cases and business lawsuits) in all California courts and in the US District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California.

    30 years

  4. Personal injury
    25%
    Representing primarily plaintiffs in general civil litigation (e.g. personal injury and accident claims, fraud cases, police misconduct and brutality cases and business lawsuits) in all California courts and in the US District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California.

    30 years

Glendale attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian offers clients efficient, cost-effective legal solutions inside and outside of the courtroom. Over 26 years of law practice experience qualify Mr. Babachanian to professionally handle cases in these practice areas:

 

  • Criminal Defense – As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Babachanian fights exaggerated charges, illegal searches, lying witnesses and false evidence; he negotiates dismissals, lower bail and fines, alternatives to custody and less or no jail time; he helps clients keep their jobs, calm family, get needed treatment and stay out of jail or state prison. To arrange a fast jail visit for a loved one, reach Mr. Babachanian now at ( or

 

  • Restraining Orders – Our firm helps people needing to file or defend against civil harassment, domestic violence or workplace violence restraining order petitions.

 

  • Personal Injury – We litigate catastrophic and serious accident cases, aiming to make clients whole after being injured by the wrongful acts of others.

 

  • Attorney Malpractice – Babachanian | Legal Counsel helps victims of attorney negligence recover damages for their injuries.

 

  • Police Misconduct – In cases of police brutality, excessive force, overdetention and denial of medical care, we demand accountability of law enforcement, policing the police one case at a time.

 

  • Business Litigation – Our office helps businesses resolve contract, trade secret, insurance and other disputes by negotiating settlements if feasible and appropriate, and by aggressively litigating if the adversary’s inflexibility leaves no solution other than a fight in court.

 

  • Business Transactions and Contracts – We form and maintain business entities (corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and partnerships), negotiate and draft agreements (including for health care providers and managers), prepare and file copyright and trademark applications, and offer general counsel.

 

  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Mr. Babachanian uses advanced dispute resolution training, cross-cultural abilities and language skills to help parties minimize risk by deciding their own settlement terms instead of having decisions forced upon them by others.

 

Mr. Babachanian is licensed to practice law in the California Supreme Court, all lower California courts and in the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

 

If you have an existing case being handled by another lawyer, ask Mr. Babachanian for a second opinion.

 

Take advantage of Mr. Babachanian’s experience, skill, integrity and commitment; reach him now at  or .

Location

S. Jacob Babachanian
3460 Ocean View Boulevard
Suite F
Glendale, CA, 91208-3311

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ahmed | January 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great human of a laywer
He spent the time to take me call and take me through all the steps and really helped me out explaining everything for me
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian January 24, 2019
Thank you, Ahmed.
Posted by Quan | May 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
Sarkis is very knowledgeable and would definitely recommend him! He explains your options in detail and he doesn't pressure you at all.
Posted by Levon | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I Made the Right Choice!
We recently used Sarkis Babachanian when a family member of mine was being accused for a "hit and run" and charges were about to be filed when in fact my family member was the victim of the "hit and run" as it was the other party that hit our car and did not stay at the accident scene. Sarkis gathered the necessary evidence, started working very diligently with the detective who was investigating the case, had numerous telephone conversations with him, also had a face to face meeting and was able to get the file closed without any charges being filed. He was always accessible either via phone, text or an email. We were happy to hire Sarkis and would recommend him ti anyone. Thank you Sark!
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Posted by albert | May 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer's Lawyer
I'm a lawyer. Sarkis has represented me in two litigated matters with optimal results. I also consult with him informally on my most challenging cases.
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian May 15, 2017
Thank you, Albert. I think highly of you and your professional competence so your kind words are especially meaningful to me. Best, Sark
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THE BEST. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW SUPPORTIVE & CARING HE IS!!!
The best, trustworthy, supportive, caring, big heart, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional attorney I have ever seen. Whatever I say is not enough to describe him. Always available to help and dedicate himself to his job no matter what day or time is. He is handling a misdemeanor case for us professionally. He could have earned more money by charging us for another civil case and representing us at that case too, but he preferred to not represent us and referred us to another attorney. He still showed up on that civil case, supported us and the other attorney at no charge for 5 hours till late night 11:00 PM. This is really not something any other attorney would do and I dare to say that no one would do that without getting paid for. God bless you and your family big heart.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding counsel -- one of the best A+++
Very helpful and specific; he's one of the best lawyers I've talked with, of many. Intelligent, knowledgeable and provided lots of practical insights on how he might be able to help. A++++ Thank you, Sark! He's top-notch.
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian September 2, 2016
Thank you for your positive review!
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exactly What I was looking for
Mr. Babachanian answered all of my questions and more. Completely worth it in every way. I have the information i need to try and resolve my situation. Very Highly Recommended.
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian September 2, 2016
I appreciate your kind words. Thanks!
Posted by Edmond | March 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Sarkis Babachanian is a great lawyer. I had a consultation and he was so thorough in his research. He gave me the background knowledge and confidence I needed to follow through with my particular situation. I would highly recommend his services.
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian March 2, 2016
Thank you, Edmond! I appreciate your kind words.
Posted by Sunny | May 16, 2013
Sarkis Babachanian is my hero!!!
Sarkis Babachanian is my hero!!! On our first meeting, he spent time getting to know me and explaining the process to me, making sure that I understood everything. He was kind, funny, and compassionate. I was highly impressed. Upon hire, he worked very hard to get the charges against me dropped. He remained positive, but realistic, throughout the weeks before my court date. However, said court date never came, because he got everything dismissed. I feel very, very fortunate to have met him and had him as my lawyer. He believed in me and he fought for me. I will always be grateful for what he did for me and I will recommend him highly to anyone who needs good counsel!
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thanks, Sunny! I really appreciate your fantastic review and your super-positive attitude. : )
Posted by Natalie | December 3, 2012
Heart of gold!
Mr. Babachanian is one of the most nicest and caring people I have ever met. Although I was unable to afford him he answered all of my questions (whenever I called) and even did research for me to help me out with my case. He took time out of his busy day to hep someone that wasn't even able to pay him...not many people would have done what he did and for that I am truly grateful....it's not only a paycheck that drives him...he actually wants to help people out. Sarkis is very smart and he knows the legal system like the back of his hand.
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thanks, Natalie, for your kind words. : )
Posted by Jane | November 28, 2012
OUTSTANDING LAWYER!!!
Atty. Babachanian has been very nice and reliable from the very first day I got him hired. He's very passionate for what he's doing and shows sincere concern to his clients. It was 11pm when my family had to call him...and he ardently got up from his bed to give immediate assistance. As much as I would want to re-hire him...I would hate to do so...as that would mean I'm in trouble again. Anyhow, I've been very satisfied with the legal services he has provided so far. 2 THUMBS UP for this lawyer!!!
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thank you, Jane! : )
Posted by Lilit | July 3, 2012
Highly recomended, Great Attorney
Sarkis Babachanian helped me with a criminal case. He is the best attorney I've ever met. He quickly gathered all the information needed, presented with the options how to handle the case and all possible outcomes and resolutions. He knows his job and all the laws to protect his clients in the best of their interest. He is always reachable, will resolve the issue in the timely manner and available any time you need help. Promptly returns calls and responds to emails. A+++ all he does. Professional, trustworthy, powerful, self confident. The best attorney and highly recomended. Thank you very much Sarkis for all hard work.
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian March 3, 2015
Oops. Thanks "for" your very nice review!
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2011
Most trustworthy guy I've ever met!
I was being charged with a hit and run, and a friend of mine recommended Sarkis, so I took his advice and made an appointment. The minute I walked into Sarkis's office I was told to calm down and take a sit, and that everything will be alright. He gave me a quick rundown of the law, what might happen, and the steps we needed to take in order to prevent escalating the situation. To be honest I've dealt with many lawyers in the past, but none were as experienced and trustworthy as Sarkis. I was a little worried that I might not be able to afford his services, but the guy really knows his business and is really willing to work with clients. In the end Sarkis got me out of trouble with the law, and cleared all the charges on me. I'm very grateful to have met him, and will recommend Sarkis to anyone.
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
I'm happy I was able to have this case dismissed for you!
Posted by sheryl | November 17, 2010
Mr BIG man with a BIG heart..!
I would definitely recommend this lawyer because he doesn't only work for you as a lawyer-client relationship, but he takes it seriously on what is best for his client. He's been our lawyer for how many years and we really appreciate his BIG help to our family.
Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thank you so much, Sheryl. I'm glad things went well. : )
Posted by Julie | November 8, 2010
Best Lawyer Ever!
The experience that we had with Sarkis was outstanding...he kept us informed at every stage of our Bankruptcy....we don't know what we would have done without him representing us...I would let everyone know he's the go to guy when it comes to professionism and knowledge in all aspects of his profession.....keep up the good work Sarkis....Julie
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thanks, Jules. Glad it all worked out. : )
Posted by Eric | November 7, 2010
outstanding
I was represented by Mr. Babachanian on a misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license. From our initial telephone consultation through our in-person meeting through to his ultimate attainment of a sound plea offer for a minimal fine, Mr. Babachanian conducted himself with the utmost warmth, accessibility, professionalism, and excellence. I was so impressed with his wide-ranging legal knowledge and versatility that I have repeatedly returned to his practice with inquiries on a variety of topics. Invariably, his input and guidance are marked by knowledge, wisdom, high value, and unmistakable good instincts. Any person in need of top legal counsel would benefit from Mr. Babachanian's service. Not only is he exceptional in and of himself, but he stands out in a field that tends to be characterized by distant and aloof professionals. Sarkis Babachanian is outstanding.
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Such nice words! Thanks, Eric!
Posted by A. PALARDY | August 9, 2010
CANT GO WRONG WITH THIS KINDA REPRESENTATION.
my past exsperiences with some public defenders werent always the greatest,so the next time i had got myself into a bind that was a little bit more serious i decided to look into a private attorney, a family member referred me to mr. babachanian it turned out that not only was his style and knowledge very professional, but he had a deep concern and made my future his main concern he is the kinda attorney anybody would be blessed to have represent them in a case thank you very much mr.babachanian for all you have done.
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Response from S. Jacob Babachanian June 6, 2013
Thank you, A.P., for your nice review - especially the part about clients being "blessed" to have me represent them. : )
Posted by Sebu | November 11, 2009
Best attorney in town
Mr Babachanian is an excellent attorney, who is knowledgeable of the law. He takes avery caring approach to his client's legal needs. He helped me resolve my business matter very efficiently. He was able to resolve my issue quickly and saved me alot of money from avoiding a long drawn out court case. I would definately recommend Sark as my attorney of choice.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2009
Reliable, trustworthy, and wise.
Sark is an exceptional lawyer. He's advised me on business matters for many years. He cares, he listens, and he gets things done. His advice is always sage and well thought out. His fees are very reasonable and he's worth every penny and more. If you need a lawyer who is both wise and does exactly what he says he'll do, he's your man.
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Posted by Art | October 16, 2009
Protecting the storyteller
As a film and video producer, before every new project we have to set the rules for the deliverables and responsibilities of both the Producer and our Client. Telling our client’s stories cinematically is both an Art and Science, and because of that there are thousands of variables to the process of making a film. Babachanian has always been there for us to ensure that both parties completely understand the responsibilities and deliverables, and most importantly Babachanian has always looked in our best interest to make sure that we are well protected in the eyes of law. Starting a project with a solid legal contract completely changes the way we approach the film production process, and as a producer the peace of mind is crucial to our creativity and business survival. Art Simon Productions highly recommends Babachanian’s legal expertise to anyone dealing in the service sector. Art Simon Producer / Director Art Simon Productions 438 S. Central Ave. Glendale, CA 91204 http://www.artsimon.com
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-550 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Counsel
  • Babachanian | Legal Counsel
  • 1994 - Present
  • Mediator
  • FirstADR.com
  • 2006 - 2016
  • California Bar Certified Law Clerk
  • Glendale City Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1993
  • California Bar Certified Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Los Angeles Superior Court - Planning and Research Unit
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1990
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Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California St Univ
  • BS (4 units short)
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • $37k+ Business Action
  • Dismissed
  • $50k Motorcycle UM Claim
  • Settled
  • Felony Burglary & Theft
  • Negotiated Plea
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Associations

  • Glendale Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • Glendale Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Attorney-Coach
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Special Master
  • 2005 - Present
  • Glendale Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Glendale Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Private Defenders
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Settlement Officer Panel
  • Attorney Settlement Officer
  • 2003 - 2009
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, Settlement Officer Panel
  • Attorney Settlement Officer
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Temporary Judge Program
  • Temporary Judge (Judge Pro Tem)
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Los Angeles Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program
  • Attorney Settlement Referee
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Panel
  • Mediation Panelist
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Armenian Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2015
  • Burbank Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2010
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2010
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Glendale Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2016
  • Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Member
  • 1964 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Armenian

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States District Court
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (ADR)
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States District Court
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States District Court
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (ADR)
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (ADR)
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Special Olympics
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (Judge Pro Tem)
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Southwestern Law School
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (CRASH)
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (Judge Pro Tem)
  • 2003
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • LA Superior Court (Judge Pro Tem)
  • 2002
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Publications

  • TechnoLayer Community
  • Why Run Windows On Your Mac?
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Pro Bono Workshop
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Workshop
  • Criminal Law
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Workshop
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2009
  • Starting and Operating Your California Business
  • Business Entity Selection and Planning
  • 2001
  • Financial Fitness
  • Estate Planning
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (39)
Endorse S. Jacob
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sarkis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarkis is an excellent and caring attorney. He is extremely knowledgable, experienced, and aggressive in defending the right of his clients. He is a top-notch criminal defense attorney, and I am proud to endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Babachanian is an attorney who has always placed the needs and interest of his clients above all else. He is diligent, consciousness and extremely profession."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Babachanian is a zealous advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Babachanian. He provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. He is an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know of the fine work he does for his clients, going the extra mile on their behalf."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Babachanian is an experienced litigator who effectively advocates for his clients with the utmost professionalism."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Sarkis for many years and know he is a highly skilled and detail oriented attorney who will handle your case with diligence and care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"An excellent lawyer. I knew Sarkis when he was just starting out and I could tell then he was going to be a great attorney. I was right. If I ever need a lawyer I'd call Sarkis first...."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sarkis. He has tremendous knowledge and a caring attitude when dealing with clients. You can trust Sarkis during your time of need."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Babachanian is dependable, competent and fights for his clients' rights. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarkis is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of criminal law. I refer criminal matters to Sarkis, assured that the client will receive great advice and representation. He also is a great person and with high ethical standards."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Very diligent and responsible lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarkis is an honest and competent lawyer and I highly recommend him."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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