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Jacob Nalbandyan


An Elite Employee Rights Lawyer in Los Angeles

As the co-founder of Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, partner Jacob Nalbandyan heads the Employment Litigation department of Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, comprised of the labor and employment fields of law.

With his passion and desire for leveling the playing field between everyday employees against multi-million dollar corporate employers, Mr. Nalbandyan co-founded Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP to study, perfect, and implement the rights of employees.

Millions Recovered as a Trial Lawyer

Mr. Nalbandyan is a trial lawyer and has dedicated his entire legal career to the aggressive representation of employees in cases involving:

Having litigated hundreds of employment and labor cases for his clients in both state and federal trial and appellate courts across Southern California, Mr. Nalbandyan is well versed in the complexities of employment and labor law, both from a legal and practical standpoint. As such, Mr. Nalbandyan has been able to maximize the outcome for his clients in legal disputes against their existing or former employers in many types of class actions and single-plaintiff cases. With his colleagues, Mr. Nalbandyan has recovered millions of dollars for employees across California.

Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Nalbandyan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA, summa cum laude. He then attended and graduated from Loyola Law School, joining an elite and exclusive alumni group of reputable trial lawyers.

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
  • B.A., UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California
Legal Memberships
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles


  • Jimenez v. U.S. Continental Marketing, Inc. (2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 189 (Reversing jury’s finding for the defense, ordering a new trial, and establishing California law that a worker sent to work by a staffing agency to a 3rd party contracting company is an employee of both the staffing agency and the contracting company).
  • Diaz v. Professional Community Management, Inc. (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 1190 (Securing denial of a motion to compel arbitration at the Court of Appeal on first instance and obtaining sanctions against the employer and employer’s lawyers and law firm to be paid as follows: 1. $8,500 to the court; 2. attorney’s fees to the employee for trial preparation and for defending the appeal; and 3. the employer’s attorneys ordered to forward the Court of Appeal opinion to the State Bar).
  • Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 1028 (Establishing sweeping California law that an employer may not discriminate or retaliate against an employee with a disabled child on account of the employee’s related work schedule needs). Click here to learn more about this case.


  • $10,000,000 Jury Verdict in Sutter County Superior Court against the County of Sutter, Sheriff’s Department (CVCS19-0000737). This case involved disability-related medical leave & sexual harassment. Click here to learn more about this case.
  • $3,451,219 Arbitration win for a hospital nurse fired because of a disability. Click here to learn more about this case.
  • $3,320,000 Settlement for $19 per hour worker fired after returning to work from surgery.
  • $1,500,000 $21 per hour who worked only for 6 months and was fired after needing time off for knee surgery when the company ultimately closed 1 year after termination.
  • $1,475,000 Settlement for Disability-Related Wrongful Termination.
  • $1,403,696 Arbitration win for a factory worker fired after attempting to return from medical leave. Click here to learn more about this case.
  • $1,325,000 Million Dollar Settlement – $10.50 per hour fast-food worker sexually harassed by the manager who quit when nothing was done to stop it.
  • $1,250,000 Settlement for a $12.50/hr temp. a staffing agency worker who was fired after becoming pregnant.
  • $1,100,000 Settlement for Associational Disability-Related Wrongful Termination in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (LASC Case No. BC511197)
  • $1,010,000 Settlement for Disability-Related Wrongful Termination.
  • $1,000,000 5-year employee out on medical leave for about 2 years loses his job when he attempts to return to work from medical leave.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement for Disability-Related Wrongful Termination.


  • Lessons Learned From Winning (2022) – Jacob was invited as a speaker for the California Employment Lawyers Associations 35th annual conference in 2022, for the second time, to speak before lawyers and judges for his $3.45 Million arbitration win in 2022 against a major southern California hospital.
  • Lessons Learned From Winning (2016) – Jacob was invited as a speaker for the California Employment Lawyers Association’s 29th annual conference in 2016 to speak before lawyers and judges for his win in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the case of Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. In 2018, he successfully settled the case for $1.1 Million without his client having to attend a long and protracted jury trial.
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