Reed Aljian

Reed Aljian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Daily Aljian LLP
 | 100 Bayview Circle, Suite 5500
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-861-2524
Fax: 949-269-6364
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

Reed's practice primarily focuses on business, complex and class action litigation involving contract, construction, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, and insurance claims. Mr. Aljian has significant experience in all phases of litigation, having represented a diverse client base as both plaintiff and defendant. He also serves as general counsel to various companies and high net worth individuals, offering corporate, transactional, and litigation consulting. 


About Reed Aljian

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage:


  • 2005 Consumer Law Project Volunteer of the Year, Public Counsel
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Service to the Community, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association and Orange County Trial Lawyer Associations
  • Past member of State Bar of California's Committee on Administration of Justice (2012-2015)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • State Bar of California's Wiley W. Manuel Certificate of Pro Bono Legal Services (2013)
  • Chairman of the Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (ret.) Fellowship Committee, Neighborhood Legal Services of Glendale (2010-present)
  • Past Member of the State Bar of California's Committee for the Delivery of Legal Services. (2009-2011)


  • Scott Leary v. Fairbanks Highlands Maintenance Associated, et al. (Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles) (2017) Representing Plaintiff, a San Diego Neurosurgeon considered among top surgeons in America, and his wife, owners of a multi-million estate in San Diego County.  After heavy rains in December 2016, the estate was flooded with sewage water, causing millions in damages.  Plaintiff alleges cause of flood was a damaged sewer line that was supposed to be maintained by HOA, but that the HOA had never maintained.  Action pending; trial set for September 2018.
  • Superior Paving Company, Inc. v. Bear Valley 2005, LLC, et al. (Superior Court of California, Imperial County) (2016) Representing paving contractor against commercial property owner and related entities to collect for services rendered. Defendants filed cross-complaint, alleging work was performed negligently, causing damages. Matter pending; trial set for May 2018.
  • Dare 2 Care, Inc. v. Los Angeles Developmental Services Foundation (Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles) (2017) Represented plaintiff residential care facility.  Plaintiff had provided specialized care to developmentally disabled persons.  Plaintiff and defendant entered into a services contract to provide care to residents placed by defendant in Plaintiff's facility.  Defendant breached the contract by refusing to pay for the services rendered, forcing plaintiff to close its doors.  Plaintiff sued for breach of contract, among other related claims. After a seven-day jury trial, jury entered a verdict in favor of firm client.     
  • Dare 2 Care v. Gold & Hahn, et al. (Superior Court of California, County of Orange) (2016) Representing plaintiff residential care facility against former attorney alleging, among other claims, malpractice, negotiated a settlement at mediation for the limits of defendants' insurance coverage.
  • Goldstone United Investment LLC v. Cole Matthew Harris, et al., (Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles) (2017) Representing all defendants, negotiated a dismissal without prejudice for no monetary consideration.
  • Carter Paysinger v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, et al. (United States District Court, Central District of California) (2015) Representing high school principal in discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights action against school district, its Board, and a governing board member.  Settled for $685,000.
  • Confidential Settlement (Superior Court, Orange County) (2015) Representing a consumer in action against hotel for wrongful eviction practices, negotiated settlement for the maximum statutory damages.
  • In re Conservatorship of Nada Hannaford (Superior Court of California, County of Orange) (2014) Representing daughter in petition for conservatorship of mother, alleging undue influence and abuse, settled action on first day of trial on terms favorable to client, including agreement that mother hire a professional fiduciary to monitor all future financial decisions and protect from further abuse.
  • Confidential Settlement (2014) Represented partner in a dispute between owners of a restaurant business.  Settled the dispute on terms favorable to client.
  • In re Richard O. Leverson (Superior Court of California, County of Orange) (2014) Representing trust in defense of petition to invalidate trust and to remove trustee.  After a one-week trial, earned a complete defense verdict, succeeding on all claims.
  • Chang v. EverHome Mortgage Company (Superior Court, Orange County) (2012):  After a trial in an action representing home-owner against mortgage servicer asserting claims for unlawful credit reporting practices, client awarded judgment in its favor in the amount of $225,000.
  • Sangary v. Mold USA, Inc., et al. (2014) Representing defendants sued for defamation, among other claims, successfully moving for dismissal with prejudice prior to trial.
  • Dana Technologies I, Inc. v. BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC (Superior Court, Orange County) (2013) Former contractor sued client for breach of consulting agreement.  Successfully negotiated settlement resolving action for less than 4% of damages claimed.
  • BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC v. adaptiveArc, Inc. (Superior Court, Orange County) (2013) Representing developer of waste conversion facilities in the State of Hawaii against a manufacturer of a system designed to be used in the processing of solid waste to electronical energy.  Client sued for breach of four agreements governing design and development of the technology.   On the eve of trial and following mediation, successfully negotiated a settlement resolving all claims.  Settlement included a  stipulated judgment filed with the Court in favor of client.
  • BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC v. Landfill Development (Superior Court, Orange County) (2012) In an action representing a client that had hired a contractor to provide consulting services regarding the client’s trash hauling business in Hawaii, obtained a court judgment against the consultant and his business in the amount of $730,000, which included attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Confidential Settlement (Superior Court, Riverside County) (2012) Client owned an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility. After tenant discontinued paying rent, client filed unlawful detainer action.  The tenant ultimately vacated.  The client then hired Mr. Aljian's firm to pursue a lawsuit for damages against the tenant.  The firm amended the complaint to add claims against the tenant, as well as the tenant's parent corporation and majority shareholder alleging breach of contract, waste, conversion, interference with contractual relations, and fraud.  Prior to trial, the firm successfully obtained a favorable settlement resolving all claims.
  • Sangary v. Resnick, et al.  (Superior Court, Los Angeles County) (2012) Client, a mold inspection company and its owner, were sued by a lawyer for alleged defamation, interference with contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and unfair business practices. The lawyer had previously engaged the services of the inspection company.  After a year of litigation, the case proceeded to jury trial. On the first day of trial, the Court granted each of the Firm’s motions to exclude evidence and argument to be presented by the plaintiff at trial. In response, the plaintiff dismissed her entire lawsuit.
  • Shirvanian v. Szekelyhidi (Superior Court, Orange County) (2010) In an action for breach of a promissory note and fraud, client obtained a court judgment against defendant in the amount of $169,000, which included compensatory damages, punitive damages, interest, and costs of suit.
  • Verble v. Halfacre (Superior Court, Orange County) (2013): In action representing minority shareholder against majority shareholder, claiming conversion and breach of fiduciary duty, successfully negotiated settlement at mediation on favorable terms.
  • In The Matter of SC Kim Children's Trust (Superior Court, Los Angeles County) (2011) In action representing trust beneficiaries, successfully negotiated settlement at mediation on favorable terms.
  • Confidential Settlement (2012) Representing restaurant against former manager for misappropriation of client's trade secrets, successfully negotiated settlement on favorable terms, including recovery of misappropriated documents and a complete release of the former employee's claims.
  • Givan v. Nine-0-One, LLC (Superior Court, Los Angeles County) (2012) In action representing restaurant against former bouncer alleging labor and employment claims, including unpaid meal breaks, rest breaks, and wrongful termination, successfully acheived dismissal with prejudice of employee's claims on favorable terms.
  • Confidential Settlement (Superior Court, Los Angeles County) (2012) In action representing restaurant against former employee alleging wrongful termination, successfully negotiated settlement on favorable terms resolving all claims.
  • Confidential Settlement (2012):  In lawsuit representing defendant law firm in action filed by a former attorney employee for wage and hour claims and retaliatory termination, successfully negotiated settlement resulting in dismissal of plaintiff's claims and payment to defendant law firm in an amount in excess of all fees, costs, and expenses incurred. 
  • Automobile Club of Southern California v. Mellon Bank (US District Court, Central District CA) (2004) After 10-day bench trial representing bank in breach of contract action, client awarded judgment on all claims, including counter-claims, attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses.
  • Ortega v. California Lodge Suites Hotel (Superior Court, Orange County) (2012)  Representing a class of approximately 550 individuals, alleging claims for wrongful eviction practices against an Orange County hotel, negotiated settlement for the maximum statutory damages per class member, plus attorneys fees, costs, and expenses.
  • Hill v. Dailey (Superior Court, Orange County) (2011) Representing real estate agent against another agent, a broker, and her real estate company alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, interference, and wage and hour claims.  After a year of litigation, client obtained favorable settlement resolving all claims. 
  • Confidential Settlement (Superior Court, Orange County) (2010) A client was struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle in Orange County, running him off of the road and causing severe long-term physical harm.  Blood tests revealed that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Firm settled the case before trial for the driver’s insurance policy maximum.
  • In re Marriage of Reed (Superior Court, Orange County) (2011):  After a three-day bench trial representing respondent/mother in action for modification of child support and reimbursement of expenses, client awarded judgment on all claims.
  • Shirvanian v. Szekelyhidi (Superior Court, Orange County) (2011): Representing plaintiff suing for default of loan agreement and fraud, client awarded judgment equal to two times the loan balance plus attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses.
  • Jimenez v. Luna, et al. (Superior Court, Los Angeles County) (2007): Member of trial team representing 92-year-old pro bono client.  After a bench trial, client awarded judgment on all claims, compensatory and punitive damages of more than $2.5 million, and attorneys' fees and costs.  Public Counsel reported that the judgment in this case was the largest judgment ever obtained on a Public Counsel pro bono consumer law case.

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, 2000
  • B.A., English Literature, University of California-Berkeley, 1995
Office Location for Reed Aljian

100 Bayview Circle
Suite 5500
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Last Updated: 10/3/2018

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