Adishian Law Group, Founder

Chris M. Adishian

Chris Adishian is a trusted advisor to leading businesses, CEOs, Boards, real estate owners and senior level employees.

Los Angeles

310-726-0888 ext 33

Silicon Valley


San Francisco

415-955-0888 ext 33

Professional Background

Chris began his career as a tax professional in Arthur Andersen’s San Francisco office after law school. Seeking entrepreneurial challenges, he departed Arthur Andersen after two years and served as a financial consultant to’s senior management during its start up phase (formerly Aegis Mortgage Acceleration, later acquired by First Data).

Following, Chris joined Montgomery Securities – then the nation’s leading investment bank for growth companies — as a Corporate Finance Associate on the hospitality/real estate team.  Representative completed transactions include the sale of a 46 hotel portfolio and the initial public offering (IPO) and follow-on offering of Pegasus Systems (subsequently taken private).

Montgomery itself changed hands twice by late 1998 (first when acquired by NationsBank, and then when NationsBank acquired Bank of America). Montgomery became Bank of America’s investment banking arm. Rather than seek another corporate opportunity, Chris decided it was time to pursue his own entrepreneurial visions.

In 1999, he created what is today Adishian Capital.  In late 2003, he founded Adishian Law Group.

Representative Client Transactions


Borrower’s Counsel:  $6 Million Main Street Loan under Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)
Buyer’s Counsel
:  Acquisition of AFC Vacations by Premier World Discovery (Press Release)
Seller’s Counsel:  Sale of Pioneer Magnetics, Inc. to United States Technologies-Aldetec Holdings Company (Press Release)
Buyer’s Counsel:  Acquisition of South Bay Auto Body
Buyer’s Counsel:  Re-Purchase of Bay Area Pain Center from Private Equity backed Consolidator
Seller’s Counsel:  Sale of Bay Area Pain Center to Private Equity backed Consolidator

Real Estate

Borrower’s Counsel:  Construction loan for new, ground up Marriott AC Hotel in El Segundo
Buyer’s Counsel:
  Purchase of corporate headquarters building (Press Release)
Seller’s Counsel:   Construction and Sale of office buildings (Press Release)
Buyer’s Counsel:  Acquisition of 18,000 of prime industrial space


To see more examples of specific transactions and legal disputes that our firm has handled for clients, please click over to our Case Studies.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All California Courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Judicial Externships

California Supreme Court, Hon. Armand Arabian
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Hon. Dickran Tevrizian


Loyola Law School, J.D.
Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
Phi Delta Phi
U.C. Berkeley, B.A.
Medaled at 1988
Pacific Coast Rowing Championships


Licensed California Real Estate Broker (active)
Series 7 & 63 (both now expired)

Additional Information

Berkeley.  Chris graduated with a degree in Mathematical Economics from U.C. Berkeley’s prestigious economics department, with a minor in Business Administration from Haas School of Business (the second oldest business school in the United States). While at Cal, Chris had two economic courses with Professor Laura D’Andrea Tyson, along with internships at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.   Also as an undergraduate at Berkeley, he was fortunate to take a real estate course populated with MBAs and law students that was taught by Marvin Starr, Esq. co-author of the seminal treatise on California Real Estate Law, Miller & Starr California Real Estate.

Loyola Law School.  Chris was a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, served as an extern for Federal District Court Judge Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. (Central District California) and also served as an extern for California Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Armand Arabian.

Bar Associations.  He is a past or current member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, and the Santa Monica Bar Association.

Vistage.  Member in South Bay of Los Angeles.

AYSO.  Coach and Certified Regional Referee for AYSO Region 18.

Olympic Club.  Member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club.

California Alumni Association.  Lifetime member.

Chadwick Alumni Association.

Malaga Financial Corporation (OTC: MLGF) (2020-present).  Board member.

Malaga Bank, FSB (2020-present).  Board member.

RCF Group. (2016-2017).  Trustee for newly formed holding company.

Roessler-Chadwick Foundation.  (2014-2017) Trustee; (2016-2017) Member of Executive Committee
Trustee on the governing body for Chadwick School (Palos Verdes, California) and Chadwick International (Songdo International City, Republic of South Korea) prior to and during implementation of new governance and management structure.

St. John Armenian Church Foundation, San Francisco, CA (1998-2003).
Trustee on the governing body responsible for directing the investment and use of the Foundation’s assets

The Journey.  Born in the midwest, Chris spent his early childhood in Massachusetts, before his family relocated to California.  He has lived in California since 1978, with over 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He came of age playing just about every and any sport that had a bat, ball, pole, stick, net, glove or racquet — starting with hockey, skiing and fishing when he was a young child.

Travel.  He has been fortunate to have traveled extensively, throughout the United States and internationally, including Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bali (Indonesia), Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey.

Some Adventures.  He has hiked to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome, Oahu’s Diamond Head, Wayna Piccu (located in Peru’s Machu Picchu National Park) and has also hung out in a shark cage 3 miles off of Oahu’s North Shore while on vacation.

Jeet Kune Do.  He has a Phase III in Jeet Kune Do, the martial art created by Bruce Lee.

When Not Working.  He enjoys traveling, jeet kune do, yoga, basketball, softball, hiking, photography, backgammon and sharing time with his family and friends.  He is an avid reader and podcast listener.  Chris regularly donates his time and expertise to charitable and community organizations, including Pro-Bono Matters.



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