Individual and Small Business Defense

Arsen Sarapinian

Arsen Sarapinian


Arsen Sarapinian received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was the President of the Hastings Real Estate Society (HRELS) and President of the Armenian Law Students’ Association (ALSA).  At Hastings, Mr. Sarapinian served as Senior Notes Editor on the law school’s flagship law review, the Hastings Law Journal. His article, “Fighting Foreclosure: Using Contract Law to Enforce the Home Affordable Modification Program” was published in the Hastings Law Journal (64 Hastings L.J. 905 (2013)) and was awarded UC Hastings’ Albert G. Evans Scholarship in Private Enterprise. The article has been cited in numerous law review articles, as well as in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Mr. Sarapinian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also minored in Legal Studies and Public Service, was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu: Jesuit Honor Society (USF’s Highest Honor) and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), and was on the Dean’s List.

Prior to law school, Mr. Sarapinian was active in Bay Area politics and performed legislative work for the California Senate and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was also active in a number of community-based organizations and worked on several political and public outreach campaigns.

Before joining Cholakian & Associates, Mr. Sarapinian was a Law Clerk at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (Litigation Team) and at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, where he worked in the areas of antitrust, commercial litigation, catastrophic personal injury, constitutional law, and civil rights (42 U.S.C. § 1983). He was also a Judicial Extern for United States District Court Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte at the Northern District of California, as well as for Justice Marvin R. Baxter at the California Supreme Court, where he analyzed cases and wrote preliminary decisions.

Mr. Sarapinian is admitted to practice law in California state courts, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. He is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the San Mateo County Bar Association. His areas of practice include real estate law, employment law, environmental law, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, civil rights, and construction defect.