Eric Kizirian

Partner

Eric.Kizirian@lewisbrisbois.com

Eric Kizirian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a co-chair of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice. He specializes in defending class actions and complex litigation. He has litigated class action issues in the United States Supreme Court, in federal and state appellate courts, and various district and state courts across the country. His class action decisions include Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela (Class Arbitration, U.S. Supreme Court), Mazza v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Choice-of-Law and Consumer Protection, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit), Yamada v. Nobel Biocare, Inc. (Class Action Attorney's Fees, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit), and Daugherty v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Consumer Protection Claims, California Court of Appeal.) These and other decisions have had a profound impact in the law governing class actions in the United States.

Mr. Kizirian has been the lead counsel in the defense of over one hundred putative class actions asserting claims for violations of various consumer protection and warranty laws, including California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Unfair Competition Law, and Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Although his experience includes the defense of putative class actions filed against corporations in the medical product, consumer product, technology and insurance industries, Mr. Kizirian has special expertise in defending putative class actions against automobile manufacturers. Throughout his career, he has defended putative class actions filed against BMW, Hyundai, Honda, Maserati, and General Motors. Mr. Kizirian is a member of the Crisis Management Practice and regularly manages crises pertaining to Class Action & Mass Tort matters.

Mr. Kizirian is an officer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Litigation Section and has also served on the governing board of the Federal Bar Association. He has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" and "Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine, and has an AV Preeminent® Martindale Hubbell Peer rating.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Class Action & Mass Tort

Additional Experience

Admissions

California

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Armenian Bar Association
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale Hubble “AV Preeminent” rated
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2006-2014
  • Top Appellate Reversal: Mazza v. American Honda, Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 2013

Professional Presentations

  • 2014 Bridgeport National Consumer Class Action Conference, Chicago
  • Action for Attorneys: Hot Topics in 2012 Live Webcast, The Knowledge Congress, October 2012
  • Recent Developments in California’s Unfair Competition Law, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Western Regional Conference, August 2012

Education

Southwestern University School of Law

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2000

University of California Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science, 1997

Legal Experience

  • O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, 2000-2008
  • Hon. Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judicial Extern
  • Hon. Dickran Tevrizian, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Judicial Extern

Publications

  • Class Control: Class Actions After Mazza v. American Honda, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, February 2013
  • Manipulating the Fourth Amendment: The Expectation of Privacy in Luggage Aboard a Commercial Bus, Southwestern University Law Review, 1999

Published Decisions

  • Yamada v. Nobel Biocare Holding AG, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7122 (April 20, 2016)
  • Mazza v. American Honda Motor Co., 666 F.3d 581 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Daugherty v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 144 Cal. App. 4th 823 (2006)
  • Webb v. Carter’s Inc., 272 F.R.D. 489 (C.D. Cal. 2011)