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Dick A. Semerdjian

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E-mail: das@ssbclaw.com

Telephone: 619-236-8821

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Biography

Dick A. Semerdjian specializes in civil litigation and trial practice. He leads the Litigation Department of his law firm. Currently, he is Vice Chairman of the Business Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and in that capacity, works with attorneys and clients throughout the United States on complex litigation matters. He was an appointed Member by the California State Bar Board of Governors to the prestigious American Bar Association House of Delegates for nine years.

Mr. Semerdjian is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and all California and Federal Courts, including Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Federal District Courts.

Named by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™: '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment'.

2013-2014: Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on the American Jury Project

2012-2013: Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

2010-2014: Named in Best Lawyers of America in the practice areas of Labor & Employment and Personal Injury. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer review comprising of more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys in the Country.

2011-2012: Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

2012-2013: Selected by San Diego Magazine as one of the San Diego's best lawyer in the practice areas of Labor & Employment and Personal Injury.

2010-2013: Named as a Top Attorney in San Diego County by the San Diego Magazine.

2009-2013: Semi-finalist as a top Civil Litigator in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

2008-2014: Named as top Business Litigator in San Diego in the Super Lawyers Magazine: Corporate Counsel Edition.

2007-2014: Named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the practice area of Business Litigation and recognized as among the top 5% of all San Diego area practicing attorneys after an extensive peer review and evaluation conducted by Law & Politics published in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine - San Diego Edition.

In September of 2006 and 2008, nominated as one of the San Diego Daily Transcripts Top Influentials.

In July of 2006, named one of the Ten Best Attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Practice Areas

Business & Commercial Litigation

Employment Litigation

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Product Liability

Unfair Competition Litigation

Education

University of California at San Diego (B.A., with provost honors, 1981)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1985)

Member

Member: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable (2012-2013)

Chair: American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2012-2013)

Chair: American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2012-2013)

Chair-Elect: American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2011-2012)

Member and Liaison: American Bar Association Standing Committee on Judicial Independence (2008-2012)

Member and Liaison: American Bar Association American Jury Project (2011-2012)

ABA/TIPS - National Trial Academy - Instructor and Board Member

Board of Governors - San Diego County Bar Association (2003-2006)

Board of Directors (Council) - American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2006-2009)

2007 Chairman - San Diego International Sports Council and Foundation

San Diego County Bar Association (Member, Client Assistance and Arbitration/Client Relations and Bench and Bar Committees)

American Bar Association (Member, Sections of: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice; Vice Chairman, Business Litigation Section)

State Bar of California since 1986

Defense Research Institute (Member: Products Liability and Commercial Litigation Sections)

Board of Directors San Diego Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (Sustaining Member) and Co-Chairman - Trial Awards Committee (1989-1991)

San Diego Defense Lawyers Association

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and American Association for Justice

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

California Consumer Attorneys Association

Master, William B. Enright Inn of Court

Board of Managers, San Diego County YMCA, Human Development Department and Board Emeritus Member 1984-1993

Board of Directors and Executive Committee and Chairman, San Diego Sports Council and San Diego Sports Commission

Board of Directors, Torrey Pines High School Foundation, Torrey Pines Pop Warner Football and Solana Beach Little League

University of California San Diego Chancellor Associate and Alumni Association

Alumni Advisor, University of San Diego School of Law

San Diego County Bar Association Delegate and Floor Leader of the Conference Delegates, 1992-1994

San Diego Inn of Court, Workshop Leader on Evidence (1998)

Million Dollar Advocates Forum (recognition for verdicts, awards and settlements achieved for clients in excess of one million dollars)

PANEL PARTICIPANT

July 2013 Speaker & Panel Participant: Civility in Cross Border Negotiations, Law Society of Scotland (read more)

April 2013 Speaker: The Importance of Civility in the Courtroom (read more)

September 2012 - Speaker: Civility as an Art Form in Diplomacy and the Law: Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Mr. Semerdjian Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), to discuss the status of civility in the legal profession. (read more)

August 3, 2012 - Discussion Leader/Speaker on Juries - National Conference of State Trial Judges - Commission on the American Jury Project, Town Hall Meeting, Chicago Illinois.

April 2012 - Speaker: Litigation in the United States: What You Need to Know about Investing, Product Liability and Dispute Resolution (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing China) (read more)

January 2011 - Co-speaker: California State Bar Association Public Law Section : Identifying Jurisdiction in the Internet Age.

January 2011 - Speaker - New Labor and Employment Laws for 2011 - American Subcontractors Association.

Speaker: Fundamentals of Employment Law (January 2010 Steerling Education Services, Inc.)

Speaker: Legal Challenges to Chinese Companies doing business in the United States (September 2009 -ABA International Law Committee, Tsinghua University Beijing, China)

Program Chair- 2008 “Masters of the Courtroom: A Display of Innovative and Proven Trial Techniques” (March 2005- American Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona)

Faculty Member - 2008 National Trial Academy (April 2008- The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada)

“Expert Witnesses” (CEB April 2004-2005)

“Fundamentals of Pre-Trial Practice: (CEB April 2002)

“Discovery Plans in Civil Litigation” (CEB July 2001)

“Preparing for, Taking and Using Depositions” (CEB February 2000)

“Discovery: Strategies and Tactics for Success” (CEB July 1998 and March 1999)

“Strategic Tips for Successfully Propounding and Opposing Written Discovery” (CEB July 1999)

“Effective Advocacy for Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys” (CEB September 1995)

Premises Liability, Landowner Liability for Criminal Acts, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (May 1994)

Reported Cases: (Federal) Palomar Medical Center v. Kathleen Sebelius, 2012 DJDAR 12790 (Sept. 2012); Upper Deck Authenticated Ltd. v. CGP Direct et al. 931 F. Supp. 1337 (So. Dist. Cal. 1997); (California) Lynch v. Warwick, 95 Cal.App.4th, 115 Cal. Rptr. 2d 391 (4th Dist. 2002)

Mr. Semerdjian is also a lecturer for Continuing Education of the Bar in areas of civil discovery, trial practice and trial techniques. He has been the Discovery Law Editor of the Trial Bar News since 1996.
 

 
 

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