Marcus Petoyan

Marcus Petoyan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Pacific Palisades, CA

Gianni • Petoyan
 | 17383 Sunset Boulevard, Suite A200
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: 310-230-6767
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

A native of Los Angeles, Marcus Petoyan was employed in acute-care hospitals during his undergraduate studies, learning first hand about the quality of health care offered to medical consumers. While attending law school at Southwestern University, Mr. Petoyan clerked at a civil litigation firm and volunteered at the university's Neighborhood Law Clinic, serving disadvantaged clients.

After receiving his law degree, Mr. Petoyan was a trial attorney in a civil litigation defense firm representing doctors and insurance companies, before changing his focus to represent victims of injury. Throughout his 25 year legal career, Mr. Petoyan has specialized in civil trial law, obtaining multiple six and seven figure verdicts on behalf of clients involving medical malpractice, dangerous conditions of public and private property, products liability and sexual harassment lawsuits. He has participated in discovery and depositions of complex pharmaceutical products liability and multi-district mass tort litigation in both State and Federal Court including Diet Drug Litigation [MDL 1203, JCCP 4032], Rezulin Products Liability Litigation [MDL 1348, JCCP 4122] and the Ortho Evra Litigation [MDL 1742, JCCP 4506].

About Marcus Petoyan

Admitted: 1983, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Mr. Petoyan is rated ‘ AV Preeminent’, the highest peer review rating available, following a detailed and thorough review by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the oldest and most respected attorney  peer review organizations. He  has also  been selected as a ‘Superlawyer’ for each of the last 4 years , by the well respected legal publisher Thomson Reuters,  as an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement following a rigorous and comprehensive selection process.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • ARBITRATION AWARDS: $250,000.00. Medical malpractice claim involving rotator cuff surgery of the shoulder, with a failure to remove hardware from the joint space causing injury and resulting disability.
  • $250,000. Medical malpractice claim involving a failure to diagnose and treat retinal detachment with resulting single eye blindness.
  • $112,500. Sexual harassment and retaliatory termination of a female employee.
  • $245,000. Medical malpractice involving failure to surgically reduce a wrist fracture resulting in malunion.
  • $800,000. Premises liability involving a sidewalk trip and fall accident resulting in lower extremity neurologic injury.
  • The attorneys at GIANNI PETOYAN have been involved in the settlements of Felbatol®, Gammagard®, Fen-Phen, Rezulin®, Baycol® and Ortho Evra® cases, obtaining significant settlements on behalf of clients.
  • $150,000. Product liability claim involving defective machine in a bottling plant resulting in facial injury.
  • $200,000. Medical malpractice claim involving failure to diagnose and treat pulmonary emboli resulting in death.
  • $200,000. Medical malpractice claim involving failure to diagnose and treat post-operative infection resulting in subsequent surgery.
  • $150,000. Medical malpractice claim involving the overdose of anesthetic in a minor resulting in seizure activity.
  • $450,000. Premise liability claim involving a slip and fall on private property with low back injury.
  • $1.5 million. Medical malpractice involving a failure to diagnose and treat autoimmune vasculitis resulting in paraplegia.
  • $5 million. Medical malpractice involving a failure to diagnose and treat a post-operative infection resulting in a spinal cord infection and quadriplegia.
  • SETTLEMENTS: $900,000.00. Medical malpractice involving insertion of a nasogastric tube into a lung causing respiratory failure and hypoxic brain injury.
  • $175,000. Premise liability claim involving design defect and lack of illumination resulting in a fall with leg fracture.
  • $175,000. Product liability claim involving an unguarded machine resulting in crush injury to fingers.
  • $175,000. Premise liability claim involving collapse of roof injuring worker with resulting tinnitus.
  • $750,000. Sexual harassment claim resulting in an emotional breakdown and loss of employment.
  • $1.8 million. Dangerous condition of a public roadway involving a single vehicle accident resulting in massive orthopedic injuries resulting in blood loss and anoxic brain damage.
  • JURY VERDICTS: $340,000.00. Medical malpractice claim involving a poor result with an ankle fusion resulting in additional surgery, arthritis and a leg length discrepancy.

Representative Clients:

  • Mr. Petoyan has represented clients in the following practice areas:Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Drug companies have been putting profits before patient safety by failing to adequately test new drugs and warn of serious side effects. Gianni-Petoyan is a recognized leader in drug and medical device litigation including review and analysis of clinical trials and company documents as well as the deposition of company scientists and litigation experts.
  • Overtime Pay Litigation Many employees are denied overtime pay by employers who simply don't want to pay. These employees are either misclassified as exempt from overtime, or simply told not to submit more than 40 hours per week--even if they are expected to work extra hours. An employee paid a weekly, bi-weekly and/or monthly salary may still be entitled to overtime pay.
  • Catastrophic Injury/Motor Vehicle Accidents Millions of Americans are injured every year, which for many leads to disability, chronic pain, a profound change in lifestyle and, in some cases, death. An estimated, 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, most often from motor vehicle accidents and falls. Motor vehicle accidents account for more deaths than all natural disasters combined. Although early symptoms may appear mild, many injuries can lead to significant suffering and permanent impairment, affecting an individual's ability to function cognitively, physically and psychologically.
  • Wrongful Termination The law provides powerful protection for employees against retaliation and wrongful termination. It is illegal for an employer to adversely impact a worker due to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, medical condition or because the worker files a worker's compensation claim. Whistle Blower termination is all too common when an employee stands up for what is right. Litigation of these claims can provide for the recovery of lost wages and employment benefits.
  • Sexual Harassment Employers are now required by law to maintain a workplace that is free of unwanted sexual harassment. Sexual harassment against women is a devaluing and aggressive act that disrupts the personal relationships of the victim and leads to long periods of disconnection and isolation. The emotional injury associated with the experience can include confusion, self-blame, denial, fear, depression and anger. Litigation resulting from these acts can provide compensation for emotional injury, medical treatment and lost wages.
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Elder Abuse Americans are living longer than ever before. The fastest growing population segment in the United States is the elderly. As a result of this demographic shift, many elderly Americans have become residents of nursing homes during their final years. There are no clients more vulnerable to abuse than those who are patients in nursing homes. When nursing homes put profits before patients, the results can be tragic. Gianni-Petoyan considers the special needs of these clients when litigating cases against nursing homes for needless injury and suffering due to neglect.
  • Medical Malpractice The rise and dominance of managed care corporations has eroded the quality of health care for many Americans. Treatment decisions made by these corporations, rather than doctors, have resulted in unnecessary and avoidable death and suffering. Gianni-Petoyan has won substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients against doctors, nurses and hospitals for medical negligence.
Office Location for Marcus Petoyan

17383 Sunset Boulevard
Suite A200
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


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Last Updated: 9/7/2016

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