Emil Petrossian

Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Emil Petrossian

Emil Petrossian

Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Biography

Emil Petrossian is a litigation partner and trial attorney at Manatt’s headquarters in Los Angeles. His practice covers all facets of complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts and arbitral forums. In 2019, the Daily Journal named Emil one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40.

Emil has extensive experience litigating high-stakes commercial disputes for major corporate clients throughout the country, primarily in the entertainment, energy and financial services industries. In the entertainment sphere, Emil has represented motion picture studios, production companies, record labels, music publishers and artists in lawsuits involving a variety of subject matters, including copyright infringement, idea theft, contract disputes and investment fraud. In the energy arena, Emil has represented large energy companies in multimillion-dollar commercial disputes involving fraud and breach of contract claims. And in the financial services industry, Emil has represented mortgage banks, community banks and investment funds in disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, data theft and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation receiverships.

Emil has significant jury trial experience in both state and federal courts and has handled major cases in arbitration. Additionally, Emil has litigated appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits and in the California Court of Appeal.

Emil is an active member of the community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation. In addition to client-billable work, Emil regularly participates in pro bono matters on behalf of indigent clients and in impact litigations. Recently, Emil took on a leading role in the California cases challenging Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, resulting in a permanent injunction prohibiting the question.

Additionally, Emil is deeply involved in firm leadership, leading Manatt’s Litigation Resources Team across all of its offices. He also co-chairs Manatt’s Summer Recruiting Committee, is a member of the firm’s Associate Review Committee, and spearheads Manatt’s federal law clerk hiring program, which he founded in 2013.

Before joining Manatt, Emil served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gary A. Feess (ret.) in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

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Education
J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 2008

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B.A. in Sociology
Class of 2003

Whitman College is renowned for combining academic excellence, an unpretentious Northwest culture, and an engaging community. We are honored to attract students who represent the Whitman mosaic – down-to-earth, high achievers with diverse interests. We are proud of our campus and the diversity and accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty. A Whitman education liberates minds, inspires spirit and unleashes imagination. It fosters relationships that last a lifetime. We value community – on campus and off. Whitman holds dear the traditions and value of a liberal arts education, yet the college continually evolves itself to ensure that graduates are prepared for futures that offer limitless possibilities.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) was founded in 1931 to advocate for justice in the community and to assist its lawyer members reach and exceed the highest levels of legal skills and ethics. Today, this revered institution has over 5,600 members practicing in all areas of the law and throughout the Los Angeles region, who share a commitment to professional excellence and service. It is the largest voluntary bar association in the State (that is not a county bar association), and the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in California. For more than eight decades, BHBA lawyers have enjoyed the sense of solidarity with their distinguished peers that membership brings; the sense of accomplishment that professional advancement produces; and the sense of selflessness that public service engenders. They participate in the work of the Association through its Sections, Committees, task forces, and the Barristers. And they find plenty of time for networking and socializing at our many parties and events.

Executive Editor
2007 - 2008
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is a law firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. It represents clients in health care, financial services, entertainment, media and advertising, real estate, technology, energy and natural resources, consumer goods and services and transportation. Its services include administrative law, advertising litigation, antitrust, unfair competition, taxation, employee benefits, global compensation, securities litigation, healthcare litigation, financial services litigation, and entertainment & media litigation. The firm was founded in 1965.

Awards & Honors
2019
Super Lawyers - Southern California Rising Stars
2018
Super Lawyers - Southern California Rising Stars
2017
Super Lawyers - Southern California Rising Stars
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