BakerHostetler announced today that J. David Bournazian has joined the firm’s Litigation Group as a Partner in its Costa Mesa office. He comes to BakerHostetler from Kutak Rock LLP.

Bournazian focuses his practice in business litigation, with an emphasis on employment, healthcare and real estate law, and has significant experience in complex business negotiations. He represents a wide range of national and international clients, including universities and publicly traded companies, in litigation and transactional matters. Bournazian has represented several national retailers in complex matters and one in a highly publicized class action matter in which he successfully defended the claim and obtained insurance recovery on the client’s behalf. Bournazian has also handled complex energy plant development claims, including the recovery of millions of dollars for his client in one action.

Along with other governmental agencies, Bournazian previously worked in the United States White House, Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C., overseeing NASA and Drug Enforcement Administration budgets and obtaining Congressional approval for Presidential Programs. Additionally, Bournazian was general counsel for Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners, LLP, one of the most world-renowned architects, and served as the general counsel to an international software company. Prior to his law career, Bournazian worked in the environmental consulting and scientific development fields for private companies, undertaking projects for the federal government and the United States Department of the Navy. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1996.

“David is an outstanding addition to our national litigation group,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of BakerHostetler’s Litigation group. “His skills as a trial lawyer and broad experience in employment, healthcare and real estate enhance our deep bench of lawyers who are helping clients grow and protect their businesses in a complex business and regulatory environment.”

“We’re pleased to welcome David to BakerHostetler,” said George T. Mooradian, partner-in-charge of BakerHostetler’s Costa Mesa office. “His experience in complex litigation and negotiations makes him an excellent addition to our team of litigators here in Costa Mesa and nationwide.”

“I am thrilled to be joining BakerHostetler and connecting with so many colleagues throughout the firm from coast to coast,” said Bournazian. “BakerHostetler’s commitment to clients and investment in each member of the firm is unparalleled, and it is an honor to join the firm.”


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