Hanamirian Law Firm
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Attorneys & Professionals

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 
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John Hanamirian

John Hanamirian is the founding shareholder of the Firm. Mr. Hanamirian has an advanced degree in tax law from Georgetown University School of Law and was an Attorney-Advisor at the United States Tax Court (Law Clerk). He applies his advanced tax, accounting, finance, economics and litigation acumen to counsel and represent individuals and entities in:

  1. Business and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, entity selection, preparation of shareholder’s agreements, limited liability company operating agreements and partnership agreements;

  2. Tax and business planning for each type of entity and for individuals, including estates and trusts;

  3. Civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation, including all aspects of criminal pre-indictment and civil administrative proceedings;

  4. White collar defense litigation in health care and other matters; and

  5. Trials associated with the above.

Mr. Hanamirian also has notable expertise in advising other professionals, including accountants and attorneys, on positions they may take with a particular tax return reporting item or in a particular transaction or litigation matter. Mr. Hanamirian also advises accountants and attorneys on professional liability, professional standards and ethics matters.

Education

LLM, Georgetown University School of Law, 1991 JD, Ohio Northern University, 1989 BBA, Temple University, 1985

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Pennsylvania, 1989 New Jersey, 1991 New York, 2006

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association:
Section of Litigation;
Committee on Professionalism & Ethics Member;
Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Member;
Formation of Tax Policy, Member.

Languages

English, Armenian and French

Non-Legal Activities

Board of Directors/Chair of the Parish Council, Holy Trinity Armenian Church Board of Trustees;
President, Chadwick Beach and Yacht Club;
Board of Directors, Treasurer, Philadelphia Theatre Company;
Georgetown Alumni Admissions Interviewer;
State of New Jersey, Committee on Attorney Ethics.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Nadia Soghomonian

Nadia Soghomonian is Counsel at HLF. Mrs. Soghomonian’s first job out of law school was with the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Among several other intriguing projects at MLB, Mrs. Soghomonian supported aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, player grievances and was involved in Senator Mitchell’s investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs. In 2010, Nadia commuted weekly to Latin America where she worked on a major restructuring of MLB’s International Operations; establishing and executing a variety of policy initiatives and mitigating legal exposure for MLB and its Clubs in global markets. Mrs. Soghomonian has experience working with technology startups where she has handled internal legal matters including human resources, securities and financing, intellectual property and contracts.

Education

BA, Marketing and Accounting, Temple University, 2006

JD, Hofstra University, 2009

MBA in Finance, Hofstra University, 2009

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

New Jersey, 2009
New York, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association

Member, Sports Lawyers Association

Non-Legal Activities

Advisor, Homeland Development Initiative Foundation

Committee Member, Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches of America

Board of Directors, Sportenk, Inc.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Jennifer Vosbikian

Jennifer Vosbikian, an Associate at HLF, practices primarily in the areas of tax law, corporate transaction law and business law.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Vosbikian worked as an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where she focused on matters relating to State and Local Tax, International Tax and Mergers and Acquisitions. Her combined background in accounting and law provides a unique capability for advising and handling a business or corporation’s internal legal matters—including financing, human resources and contracts.

Ms. Vosbikian has been actively engaged in guiding start-up companies from initial formation through expansion and management of entrepreneurial demands, as well as their associated property work.

Actively involved in the legal and civic communities, Ms. Vosbikian continues to support and stay involved with the Marshall Brennan Fellowship Program at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. This program provides exposure of constitutional law and understanding of civil rights to inner-city high school students. Additionally, her commitment to young adults is reflected in her work as a youth mentor/trainer for the Peer Leadership Program in New Jersey. This organization develops leadership skills in middle school students. Ms. Vosbikian is also committed to charity work for the American Heart Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Education

BS, Accounting, St. Joseph’s University, 2008
JD, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 2011

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

New Jersey, 2011
Pennsylvania, 2011

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Certified Family Mediator, 2011

Non-Legal Activities

Committee Member, Peer to Peer Youth Leadership Program
Mentor, Marshall Brennan Fellowship Program

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Robert A. Hanamiran

In Memoriam

 Robert A. Hanamirian, 80, of Fort Washington and New York City, who was the son of Armenian immigrants and rose to become an international tax lawyer, died Monday, June 25, of natural causes at his New York home.

 From 2001 until 2018, Mr. Hanamirian was a tax lawyer with the firm of Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP on Wall Street. For the last five years, he had also been of counsel at the Moorestown law firm run by his son, John M. Hanamirian. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Hanamirian operated a solo law firm from his Fort Washington home.

 A first-generation Armenian American, Mr. Hanamirian was born in Philadelphia to Mooshegh and Hratcha Hanamirian, who fled the Ottoman Empire in 1915 in response to the slaughter of Armenian citizens by Turks. The Armenian Genocide resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey. 

His parents lived in China before reaching the United States in 1920. Once in Philadelphia, they became the proprietors of the York Market, a general store in Chestnut Hill. They owned and operated a Middle Eastern frozen foods company elsewhere in Philadelphia.

Initially, Mr. Hanamirian spoke only Armenian. He graduated from Cheltenham High School, where he played football. He graduated from Temple University and Temple’s Beasley School of Law, and later completed a master of taxation degree at New York University School of Law.

 Although first in his law-school class, Mr. Hanamirian encountered ethnic bias when he applied for work at some of the “white shoe” Philadelphia law firms, his family said. He responded by emphasizing the paralegal work he had done in law school, and was soon hired as an associate lawyer by the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. He worked for Schnader for 11 years, and for other Philadelphia law firms and in solo practice, before joining Kranjac Tripodi. 

“He was known for international tax strategy and planning,” his son said. “He liked the esoteric nature of the different [countries’] laws and treaties, and enjoyed that intellect challenge.” 

In 1960, Mr. Hanamirian married Pauline Kash. The couple had two children whom they raised in Fort Washington. The couple divorced in 1980. Pauline Chapjian, as she became after remarrying, survives. In 1983, he married Sharon M. Hanamirian, who also survives.

Like his father, John M. Hanamirian became a lawyer. Mr. Hanamirian’s daughter, Deborah Nareen Hanamirian, had multiple sclerosis. She lived at Inglis House, where the family visited frequently. She died in 2016 at age 54. 

“They were very much alike,” Mr. Hanamirian’s son said of his father and sister. “She was very strong-minded. They were not people who let things defeat them. They were really kindred spirits.” 

Mr. Hanamirian loved animals, especially his German shepherd, Toby.

In addition to his son and former wife, Mr. Hanamirian is survived by two granddaughters and a sister.

 
 
 

 
 
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Laura Temoyan

Laura Temoyan is the Senior Litigation Paralegal at HLF.

Experience

Kline & Specter, P.C. – Philadelphia, PA
Senior Litigation Paralegal, October 2004 – November 2005, October 2012 – June 2014

Lead paralegal in the Mass Tort Litigation Department. Responsibilities included case management, coordination of all mass tort cases, case review, preparation of pleadings and discovery, filing all necessary pleadings with the New Jersey Superior Court, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, New York Supreme Courts, and Federal Multi-District Litigation (Southern District of West Virginia). Management of the mass tort programs located within the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as well as the Multi-District Litigation.

Zurich, NA- New York, New York
Senior Litigation Paralegal, September 2007- October 2012

Lead paralegal in the New York Staff Legal Office. Responsibilities included case management and coordination (approximate case load of 350 to 400 cases); drafting and filing all necessary documentation for all stages of litigation; including discovery and pleadings; medical record review; trial, arbitration and mediation preparation; deposition preparation; expert deposition and trial preparation and client contact. Leading paralegal for trial and all major cases within the Manhattan offices. Manages all electronic filing (ECF and NYSEF) for three staff legal offices, conducted all legal research and expert contact for three staff legal offices in New York region. Recipient of the Zurich Bronze Award and nominated as an Ambassador to the Zurich 100th Anniversary for the New York office.

Duane Morris, LLC – Newark, NJ
Senior Litigation Paralegal, April 2006 – September 2007

Legal practices in Commercial/Insurance Litigation. Responsibilities included case management, coordination of large nationwide litigations, filing all necessary documentation with the Federal Courts and the Superior Courts of New Jersey, legal research, preparation of all discovery and pleadings and, preparation for all pre-trial, trial and post-trial work.

Skills & Expertise

Legal Research
Westlaw
LexisNexis
Litigation
Product Liability
Commercial Litigation
Trials
Litigation Support
Personal Injury
Document Review Civil Litigation PACER Pleadings
Legal Writing
Courts
Class Actions
LiveNote
Lexis
Medical Malpractice
Depositions
Personal Injury Litigation
Appeals
Arbitration
Torts
Litigation Management
Public Liability
Business Litigation
Legal Assistance Hearings
ECF/PACER

Education

Villanova University
Paralegal Certification, Paralegal, 2004 – 2005
Activities and Societies: National Paralegal Association, Philadelphia Paralegal Association

Temple University
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, 1996 – 2000
Activities and Societies: Temple University Concert Choir, Criminal Justice Honors Society, Criminal Justice Society

 
 
 

 
 
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Elza Grigoryan

Elza Grigoryan is a recent graduate from Ave Maria School of Law.  Ms. Grigoryan served on her law school’s Honor Board for two consecutive years, with her last year serving as Chair Judge.  Elza held leadership roles in student organizations where she was provided the opportunity to promote and lead pro bono work for the community and engage in community service projects.

Ms. Grigoryan was an intern in the European Parliament (EU) in Brussels, Belgium, where she was exposed to legal issues on an international level.  During her time at Parliament, her duties included drafting amendments for various EU organizations and representing her Member of European Parliament in closed meetings. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Susan Fries

Susan Fries is the HLF Finance Manager.  Sue has nearly thirty years of experience and manages the HLF accounts receivable, accounts payable and the day-to-day books and records.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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John Lyons

John Lyons is a senior at Pennsylvania State University and is an intern at HLF.