Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
– Virgil, Aeneid
Ron Makarem is the founder of Makarem & Associates, a top law firm located in Los Angeles, California. Ron has been practicing law since 1995 and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments for consumer clients across the State.
Ron was awarded, “Top Attorney” in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for 2013. In 2012, Ron received the distinguished CLAY award for “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on a landmark California Supreme Court case. In 2012, Ron also became a certified legal malpractice specialist by the California State Bar. In 2007, Ron was selected as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” Attorneys in California by California’s largest legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. He was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in 2010, “Super Lawyer” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Ron attended the University of Southern California and graduated with honors in 1992 with a degree in Political Science with honors, cum laude. Ron then attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. In 2001, at the young age of 30, he became a partner at the law firm of Ruben & Jones, later Ruben & Makarem, before starting Makarem & Associates in 2004.
Throughout his entire legal career, he has dedicated his practice to litigating on behalf of the consumer and strives to maintain the public’s respect for the legal profession.
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Jean-Paul is an Associate at Makarem & Associates who joined the firm in 2007. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2006 and was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. Jean-Paul received the Witkin award for excellence in Torts, was an Associate Editor on the Pepperdine Law Review journal, and is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Since joining the firm, Jean-Paul has been the primary attorney in an increasingly diverse practice, including contract disputes, legal malpractice, pharmaceutical product liability, personal injury, and consumer protection class actions.
Most recently, Jean-Paul’s practice has focused on employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage & hour class actions. His performance in this area of law, including work as trial first chair in 2011, earned him recognition from his peers as a “SuperLawyer” Rising Star and a selection as one of The Recorder’s top 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, both in 2012. Jean Paul has been selected as a Rising Star each year from 2012 through 2015.
Jean-Paul graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 2003 with a major in Political Science/Public Law, and a Minor in Management Science.
Jean-Paul was born and raised in Malibu, CA. Prior to joining Makarem & Associates, Jean-Paul worked as a clerk for the Honorable Haley J. Fromholz at the Los Angeles Superior Court and was a summer Associate at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP in San Diego. Prior to entering law school, Jean-Paul clerked at Senator Barbara Boxer’s Los Angeles office, and was a Men’s and Women’s Varsity Water-Polo coach at Malibu High School.
Gene Williams has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court in a wide range of legal matters. In his seventeen years of practice, he has litigated more than 100 class actions in both state and federal court, including consumer and wage and hour class actions, where he has successfully obtained class certification and/or sizeable settlements for plaintiffs, and also successfully defended companies against class action claims. Gene has had numerous articles published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal relating to his expertise in wage an hour matters, and is regularly sought for comment on wage an hour issues. While Gene focuses primarily on wage and hour class action litigation, he has substantial experience in a broad range of practice areas including partnership disputes, trademark and trade dress litigation, and general commercial litigation.
Gene graduated cum laude from UCLA School of Law in 2000, where we won the best team award in the school’s annual moot court competition and was a member of the moot court board. Gene received a B.A. Degree in History from UCLA in 1997.
Gene’s practice is focused on obtaining the best possible result for his client, whether through trial, dispositive motion practice, mediation or informal settlement. Having first chaired numerous jury trials and handled over 100 mediations, Gene is comfortable in front of judges, juries and mediators.
Samuel Almon represents clients in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. He has significant experience in commercial disputes, financial services litigation, securities actions, and appellate practice. Samuel has represented companies in a wide array of industries in highstakes contract and business tort cases. He has recently litigated actions involving trade secrets claims, restrictive covenants, state mortgage regulations, and novel commercial insurance coverage claims. Samuel has also represented commercial and investment banks in actions involving swap agreements and other financial products, has defended publicly held corporations in shareholder securities fraud actions, and has defended registered representatives and brokerdealers in FINRA (formerly NASD) arbitrations.
His notable pro bono matters have included the representation of indigent former tenants of a slum housing complex in an action against the property owners and manager; a federal civil rights class action against the State of Georgia on behalf of developmentally disabled individuals; and the representation of a mother in the adoption of her foster child.
In his appellate practice, Samuel has represented appellants and appellees in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as numerous state supreme courts and intermediate appellate courts. Mr. Almon is licensed to practice law in Georgia and California.
Samuel graduated from University of Chicago Law School in 2004, where he was a Edmund A. Spencer Scholar. Prior to law school, Mr. Almon graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he got his B.B.A in Finance in 2001.
Nareen Melkonian is an Attorney at Makarem & Associates, where she started out as a law clerk while attending Loyola Law School. Nareen’s practice focuses on legal malpractice and employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour class actions.
In law school, Nareen served as a Technical Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and published an article about email privacy, titled “Dear Yahoo: A Comment on In Re Yahoo Mail Litigation.” She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and did pro bono work for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
With a passion for writing, Nareen graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Writing Emphasis. At LMU, she served as an Editor on the Los Angeles Miscellany Magazine and did legal content writing for an online patent research platform. Nareen now uses her writing skills as an attorney to advocate for her clients both in and out of court.
Nareen is licensed to practice in California state courts and federal district courts in the Central District of California. She is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and the Armenian Bar Association. She is also fluent in Armenian.
In her free time, Nareen enjoys watching films, traveling, and reading fiction novels. One of her favorite quotes is: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank.
Jared Walder graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2014. During law school, Mr. Walder earned a Scholastic Excellence Award and received a Law and Business Certificate along with his J.D. Following law school, Mr. Walder clerked for a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In 2015, Mr. Walder began employment at Strategic Legal Practices, APC, where he litigated individual and complex consumer protection actions in state and federal court. In 2017, Mr. Walder joined Makarem & Associates, where his practice focuses on legal malpractice, employment litigation, business litigation, and class actions.
Prior to law school, Mr. Walder earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from U.C. San Diego in 2006, and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2008.