James Boyajian is a corporate lawyer with senior in-house and law firm experience. He currently manages a private practice for select clients, based in Newport Beach, California, and focusing on entity formations, securities compliance, corporate governance, asset protection, contract negotiations, and complex litigation in federal, bankruptcy, and state courts.
Mr. Boyajian recently served as Senior Counsel for Palace Entertainment, one of the leading owner-operators of live attractions, entertainment, and hospitality properties in the United States and Australia. In this role, he acted as head of the Legal Department and oversaw over forty law firms in various jurisdictions to rapidly advise and represent 12 sister corporate entities with a combined total of 26 real properties, 150+ intellectual properties, 10,000+ employees, 80+ litigation matters, as well as a high volume of corporate, commercial, property, construction, environmental, software, data privacy, cybersecurity, live entertainment, animal, labor, employment, personal injury, and insurance matters. He spearheaded a new contract-review platform with the IT Department to streamline and automate contract forms generation company-wide, in addition to coordinating other cross-departmental initiatives that saved the company millions in new efficiencies and favorable results.
Prior to the in-house position, Mr. Boyajian was a commercial attorney at Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLP’s Downtown Los Angeles office, specializing in high stakes cross-border business matters. He utilized the latest in legal technology to efficiently handle all aspects of client matter management, including drafting contracts, financial instruments, compliance documents, and court papers; counseling on entity selection; obtaining IP registrations; case budgeting and strategy; mediations, depositions, e-discovery, and court appearances; and judgment enforcement. Successful results include a seven-figure award plus attorneys’ fees against an IP infringer; six-figure award plus attorneys’ fees on promissory note breach; dismissal of all indemnity claims against water utility company; favorable settlement of two copyright suits over famous song; dismissal of privacy suit against media company; and numerous trademark prosecution victories.
To connect clients and colleagues, Mr. Boyajian co-founded the Stream Industry forum through which he hosts online and offline events for tech, new media, and entertainment industry professionals.
Mr. Boyajian studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara and London School of Economics. He holds a J.D. from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law, where he earned several scholarships, honors in legal writing and moot court, and a review editor position with the Federal Communications Law Journal. While in law school, he also edited two legal treatises and interned with the Federal Communications Commission and the Committee for Justice think tank in Washington, D.C.