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Managing Partner, Attorney

RALPH KALFAYAN, ESQ., LL.M. - Managing Partner, Attorney

With over 32 years of experience, Ralph B. Kalfayan has a proven record of success in a variety of practice areas including personal injury, antitrust litigation, business litigation and consumer protection class actions. Mr. Kalfayan has served as lead or liaison counsel and other significant leadership roles in a variety of class actions, including In Re Cipro I and II, JCCP 4154 and 4220 ($400 million settlement), In re Allergan, Civil Case Number 15-307 (C.D. Cal.) ($13.4 million settlement), and In re Antelope Valley Groundwater Litigation, JCCP 4408, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case Number BC 391869.

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Mr. Kalfayan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego in 1982. He was a member of the honors fraternity Beta Alpha Psi and graduated with honors. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from University of San Diego School of Law, and his Master of Laws degree with an emphasis in intellectual property in 2012 from the same school. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988.

Upon graduating from law school in 1985, Mr. Kalfayan first practiced law at the international firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. which at the time was the largest of the big 8 accounting firms in the country. Mr. Kalfayan worked in the audit, tax, and management consulting department of the firm. He then joined the law firm of Borton, Petrini & Conron in 1988 and became partner in 1991. Mr. Kalfayan specialized in business litigation at Borton, Petrini & Conron and handled real estate disputes, partnership disputes, and breach of contract cases. Mr. Kalfayan also handled a number of civil trials before a jury and several major appeals. In August 1993, Mr. Kalfayan became Of Counsel at the Law Offices of James C. Krause, and in January 1994, he became a member of Krause & Kalfayan, which later became known as Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens.

In June 2014, Mr. Kalfayan formed a partnership with a friend and fellow alumnus from University of San Diego, Vic A. Merjanian. Together they created Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP, a boutique law firm in Newport Beach and Del Mar which handles personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Among the articles authored by Kalfayan are:

  • Ensuring Access to Affordable Medication: The Supreme Court’s Opinion in F.T.C. v. Actavis, Inc. in Plaintiff Perspective (Fall 2013) in Competition: The Journal of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California Vol. 22, No.2;
  • Buying A Business (April 15, 1993) in Business and Industry News Vol. 3, No. 2;
  • Building a Business: Tools for the Entrepreneur (August 1, 1993) In Business & Industry News Vol. 3, Number 9;
  • Reducing Your Property Taxes in the San Diego Business and Tax Forecast Magazine, December 1991.

Seminars conducted by Mr. Kalfayan include:

  • California Sales & Use Tax, Lorman Education Services, December 5, 1991;
  • Business and Finance Conference at Jack Murphy Stadium, December 5, 1990;
  • Estate Planning with Prudential Bache, Spring of 1990.

Primary Practice
Areas Include:

Business Litigation
Civil Litigation
Personal Injury

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