EL SEGUNDO, CA (July 2014)— Adishian Law Group is pleased to announce that attorney Chris Adishian was profiled in the current issue of South Bay Magazine.

As the magazine states, “Behind every successful individual and company, you’ll likely find a trusted advisor-or a team of them. Professional experts inform you about your options, help you explore new ideas and discover solutions, and work with you to navigate the road ahead. It’s essential to select a proficient team of trusted advisors when making decisions that impact you, your business, your home and your family. The South Bay specialists on the following pages have expertise in a variety of fields. They are known for innovative solutions and top-notch client care … and they are who our readers tum to when making important life decisions.

“Adishian Law Group practices corporate, real estate and employment law. Their work includes leading mission-critical transactions and litigation, and employment cases involving highly compensated professionals and executives often with significant equity. Owner Chris Adishian, raised in Palos Verdes, started the firm in 2003, after working at Arthur Andersen and investment bank Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.”

Tell us something unique about your business.

“Our business and real estate clients benefit by having a legal team that is equally comfortable with legal briefs and complex financial models. Through our affiliated property management firm, Adishian Capital, we provide ‘family office’ real estate capabilities, giving our clients relationship continuity across all their real estate activities. In our employment practice, we represent both plaintiffs and defendants. We believe this dual experience saves our clients time and money in preventing litigation as well as litigating, valuing and resolving claims. In all areas, clients appreciate our communication and follow-through.”

Why does your industry appeal to you?

“The practice of law is ultimately a ‘helping’ profession. We exist to apply our skills and abilities to help our clients achieve goals and results that they could not achieve on their own. That is fulfilling.”

How do you give back to your community?

“Recently I was appointed as a Trustee to the governing body of Chadwick School and Chadwick International. It is part of our firm mission to contribute pro-bono services and make monetary donations to a diverse set of organizations.”

How does a client start a relationship with your firm?

“The attorney-client relationship is very important. After an initial inquiry or referral, we like to have an in-person meeting or conference call to listen to the prospective client’s needs. If we believe our skills will help the client and there is a shared sense of goals and expectations, we will proceed with an engagement.”

Give us a great piece of advice on how we can protect ourselves and our families.

“Be a good person. Treat people with respect. Do what you say you are going to do. Don’t take what is not yours. Buy insurance. Establish a relationship with an excellent, trusted attorney.”

(To read the magazine version click here. To view the article on the South Bay Magazine website, click here.)

About Adishian Law Group, P.C.

Adishian Law Group is a California law firm with a statewide practice in the areas of Corporate law, Employment law, Real Estate law and Mediation Services. Adishianlaw.com is one of the oldest continually operating law firm websites on the Internet. The firm serves its clientele via three offices located in the major business hubs of El Segundo, Palo Alto and San Francisco. As of March 2013, Adishian Law Group, P.C. has represented individual and corporate clients located across 20 California counties, 4 States outside of California and 9 foreign countries — in over 340 legal matters.

For more information about this topic or to speak with Chris Adishian:

Telephone: 310.726.0888 | 650.646.4022 | 415.955.0888
Email: askalg@adishianlaw.com
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This article revisits our recurring discussion of attorney’s fees, with a focus on attorney’s fees in contracts.

Does California Allow One-Way Attorney’s Fees in Contracts?  The short answer is generally, “No.”

Pursuant to California Civil Code 1717 “In any action on a contract, where the contract specifically provides that attorney’s fees and costs, which are incurred to enforce that contract, shall be awarded either to one of the parties or to the prevailing party, then the party who is determined to be the party prevailing on the contract, whether he or she is the party specified in the contract or not, shall be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees in addition to other costs.” (emphasis added).

In practice this means the party with the stronger bargaining power cannot create a “one-way” provision. Also this is a caution for many parties who are forming contracts in California but are unfamiliar with this provision.

What happens if a one-way provision is contained in a contract and the contract is executed? What determines the contract interpretation, the contract or the Statute? Probably no surprise here….Statute wins, and the Court will interpret and apply the contract in a manner consistent with California Public Policy as codified by CCC 1717.

There is a limited exception in 1717 “Where a contract provides for attorney’s fees, as set forth above,that provision shall be construed as applying to the entire contract, unless each party was represented by counsel in the negotiation and execution of the contract, and the fact of that representation is specified in the contract.”

About Adishian Law Group, P.C. Adishian Law Group, (www.AdishianLaw.com) is a California law firm with a statewide practice

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Telephone: 310.726.0888 or 415.955.0888
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Email: askalg@adishianlaw.com
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