As a partner at Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman, Milene Apanian assists contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, sureties and owners prevent and resolve disputes on all types of public and private construction projects.
She counsels clients throughout the construction process, starting with contract drafting and review. She represents clients in administrative hearings, including Contractors’ State License Board disciplinary actions and complaints, labor code violations (prevailing wage), public agency bid disputes and challenges, contractor “responsibility” and bid “responsiveness” issues, subcontractor “listing law” issues and substitutions, “sole-sourcing,” “ or-equal” approvals and petitions for writ of mandate/prohibition. She negotiates and litigates business transactions and disputes, breach of contract/termination lawsuits, mechanic’s lien and stop notice actions, change orders, delay, disruption, acceleration, extra work, and changed conditions claims. She routinely handles mediations, arbitrations and litigation from inception to settlement or trial.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Apanian worked for local architectural firms and construction companies, and gained valuable knowledge and experience regarding the construction industry. Before joining Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman, she worked at Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Lubka Darling Mah, Inc. in Pasadena and Kamine Ungerer, LLP in Downtown Los Angeles and externed at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Community Redevelopment Agency and at the Public Works Litigation Department.
Ms. Apanian served as mediator on the Los Angeles Superior Court panel. She is a frequent guest speaker for various trade associations, such as the Construction Specification Institute Western Region Conference and Los Angeles Chapter, Engineering Contractors Association, American Institute of Architects and Women in Architecture, CMA, NAWIC, and periodically publishes construction law related articles.
Ms. Apanian is an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law, where she teaches construction law.