Meet the Team

Art Gharibian

Art founded his law firm, Gharibian Law, APC, on the principle of #RespectYourElders, with the goal of protecting the rights of vulnerable, elderly and dependent adults, which are constantly subjected to abuse and neglect. His dedicated legal team therefore focuses on litigation against nursing homes and assisted living facilities for elder abuse/neglect and wrongful death, taking on tough cases to bring some comfort to victims and their families during some of the most stressful times of their lives.

Prior to founding Gharibian Law, APC, Art served as a staff attorney with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He later moved on as an associate attorney with a national, full-service defense firm with the largest Long-Term Care & Elder Law department in the Western United States. His background and extensive experience defending healthcare providers provides him with the unique skill and knowledge to prosecute claims for violations of elder abuse/neglect, and wrongful death. He brings a fresh and highly effective perspective and approach to every case.

Over the course of his legal career, Art has already earned a reputation as a dedicated client advocate and skilled attorney. He has been selected by Super Lawyers as a 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Rising Star for being a top-rated elder law attorney in Los Angeles. Art was also selected to the “Southern California Rising Stars Up-and-Coming 100” list in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Art is a member of a number of organizations, including California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), an advocacy organization and has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long-term care consumers since 1983.

Art is a Los Angeles native, father of three boys, and proud of his Armenian heritage which is the foundation of his remarkable sensitivity to all people in an increasingly multicultural society.

Bachelor’s Degree in Arts – Political Science – University of California, Los Angeles – 2005

Juris Doctorate – Southwestern Law School – 2011

State Bar of California, 2011

United States District Court, Central District of California, 2011

Super Lawyers Rising Star Top Rated Elder Law Attorney Los Angeles , 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Super lawyers Southern California RIsing Stars Up-and-Coming 100 – 2020, 2021, 2022

First Place, James E. Beckley National Securities Law Student Writing Competition, 2010

California Lawyer Magazine

The Prospectus Defense: Defeating it As a Matter of Fact and Law, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), PIABA Bar Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009 (Westlaw citation: 16 No. 4 PIABA B.J. 343) (Appeared in Student Lawyer Magazine, January 2011, Vol. 39, No. 5: Circuit Board News)

Extending Fiduciary Duties to Broker-Dealers: Yes, We Can & Yes, We Should, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) Bar Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2010 (Westlaw citation: 17 No. 3 PIABA B.J. 235)

Applying a Uniform Fiduciary Standard for Financial Professionals, LOS ANGELES LAWYER, Feb. 2013, at 8.

Storage Stop, LOS ANGELES LAWYER, June. 2013, at 28.

Holley v. Silverado Senior Living Mgmt., 53 Cal.App.5th 197, 266 Cal. Rptr. 3d 863 (2020)

Amber Tham

Amber joined Gharibian Law, APC in 2021, bringing over 10 years of experience to the firm, representing victims of elder and nursing home abuse with an intuitive compassion and down-to-earth nature shaped and informed by her childhood growing up in a diverse community.

Amber has a close connection to the insufficient quality of care provided in nursing homes as she witnessed her own grandmother’s poor care. This experience inspired her to pursue law and help families facing elder abuse or the loss of a loved one to the neglectful nature of nursing homes.

Throughout her career, Amber is most proud of helping the individuals and families she represents. No matter the settlement size, families are always eternally grateful. In return, Amber also feels grateful to the families, as this area of law is incredibly rewarding and she feels there is something more innately valuable about helping elders that makes it feel like a global accomplishment.

Amber is a mother, and feels more connected to her job than ever. Her children have become her strongest asset to her career. The idea of families losing loved ones resonates with her, as she can better feel their hardships and issues. Amber is admitted to practice before all courts in the states of California and Nevada.

 

Bachelors in English & Legal Studies – University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Hastings College of Law

State Bar of California, 2009

State Bar of Nevada

United States District Court, Central District of California

Consumer Attorneys of California, 2021 Presidential Award of Merit Honore

Alex Feldman

Alex was first drawn to the legal profession so that he could protect the rights of society’s most vulnerable members. A career in Elder Law brought his mission to fruition, as the elderly are acutely susceptible to abuse and neglect.

Before joining Gharibian Law, APC, Alex worked as a senior attorney for a prominent civil litigation firm where he worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of elder abuse and neglect. Driven by his desire to defend one of the most vulnerable demographics in the United States, Alex has secured several seven figure settlements and over $20,000,000 on behalf of his clients since joining Gharibian Law, APC in 2019.

Alex’s extensive knowledge of elder abuse and nursing home law has resulted in two significant appellate decisions on behalf of nursing home residents:

· Daniels v. Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 674, where the court held that a non-signatory wrongful death plaintiff was not bound by an arbitration agreement between the decedent and Defendant facility, when the wrongful death Claim is brought against a residential health care facility, a non-licensed healthcare provider.

· Holley v. Silverado Senior Living Mgmt., (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 197, where the court held that temporary conservators cannot bind a conservatee to arbitration agreement absent consent or lack-of-capacity ruling.

Juris Doctorate – Chapman University’s School of Law – 2011

Bachelor’s Degree – San Diego State Universit

State Bar of California, 2011

United States District Court, Central District of California, 2011

Daniels v. Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 674

Holley v. Silverado Senior Living Mgmt., (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 197

Justin Vitug

Justin joined the Gharibian Law team in 2020 as an elder and nursing home abuse attorney. He delivers quality counsel in every legal matter and has a passion for helping others, especially those most vulnerable. As an elder law and elder abuse attorney, Justin works to right the wrongs caused by negligence and wrongdoing at nursing homes, eldercare centers, and assisted living facilities in California.

Prior to joining Gharibian Law, Justin was an associate attorney at a prominent elder abuse firm where he worked on high-profile cases representing victims of abuse neglect, and wrongful death. Justin’s prior experience also includes assisting in felony offense litigations for the Honorable S. James Otero at the Central District of California and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Bachelors of Arts- Loyola Marymount University

Juris Doctorate – Loyola Law School

State Bar of California, 2017

United States District Court, Central District of California

Destiny M. Verdugo

As a licensed clinical social worker turned attorney, Destiny focuses her practice on obtaining justice for victims of abuse and neglect against nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As an advocate for the elderly, Destiny works tirelessly to seek justice on behalf of her clients who have been seriously harmed.

Destiny studied Sociology at the University of La Verne before earning a Master of Social Work degree from USC in 2010. After graduating, she worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to ensure families facing eviction were provided legal representation and comprehensive case management. Later, Destiny joined the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Pupil Services Counselor in both the School-Based Counselor and Foster Youth Achievement Programs, advocating for the education rights of youth in foster care.

Destiny went on to obtain her J.D. from Loyola Law School while becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While at Loyola, she studied the relationship between federal diversion programs and trauma as a research assistant. She also spent a semester teaching curriculum to women seeking refuge from domestic violence and worked as a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Pomona Courthouse.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology- University of La Verne

Master of Social Work – University of Southern California

Juris Doctorate – Loyola Law School

State Bar of California, 2019

United States District Court, Central District of California

How Gharibian Law is different

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We are specifically dedicated to the elderly population. Seniors are incredibly vulnerable in our society, and their plights are often overlooked. We are fully committed to representing and protecting them with the rest and respect that they deserve.

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We are attentive and goal-oriented. We believe that the best way to support our clients is to secure an excellent legal outcome, and we funnel our effort and resources towards that goal.

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We are a client-based law firm. Our compassionate representation is what sets us apart from other legal teams. We treat each case with professionalism, compassion, and respect because we also have a personal stake in the success of your case.

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