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Last Updated: October 25, 2019
Milene C. Apanian is a partner at Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman, where she assists contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, sureties, owners and developers prevent and resolve disputes on all types of public and private construction projects.
She counsels clients throughout the construction process, starting with contract drafting and negotiations. She negotiates and litigates business and construction transactions and disputes, breach of contract/termination lawsuits, mechanic’s lien and stop notice actions, change orders, delay, disruption, acceleration, extra work and changed conditions claims. She represents clients in administrative hearings, including Contractors’ State License Board disciplinary actions and complaints, public agency bid disputes and challenges, contractor responsibility and bid responsiveness issues, subcontractor listing law issues and substitutions, sole-sourcing, or-equal approvals and petitions for writ of mandate/prohibition. She routinely handles mediations, arbitrations and litigation from inception to settlement or trial.
Prior to practicing law, Apanian worked for local architectural firms and construction companies, and gained valuable knowledge and experience regarding the construction industry.
She is a frequent guest speaker for various construction trade associations, and periodically publishes construction law-related articles. Apanian has also taught construction law and contract drafting at Southwestern Law School.
Apanian obtained her bachelor’s degree in architecture from University of Southern California and her JD from Southwestern University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California, Nevada and the Court of Federal Claims. Apanian’s California Architect Registration is currently pending.
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Franita Tolson was quoted in the New Yorker about the legal challenges likely to follow the 2020 presidential election. “You will still see many claims that absentee ballots have been wrongly rejected, and those will lead to court cases," Tolson said. "The fact that we are generating lots of voting by mail will generate a lot of litigation.”
"Lessons from Luckin Coffee: The Underappreciated Risks of Variable Interest Entities," Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, July 28, 2020.
"Big is not necessarily bad," The Hill, July 30, 2020.
“The Death of the Income Tax (or, The Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax),” Indiana Law Journal 95 (2020): 1233.