Tommi R. Saghatelian is an associate in the Central Valley office. She joined the firm in 2015, bringing 29 years of legal experience. She maintained a solo practice in employment, estate planning and probate since 2012. She served as Deputy City Attorney from 2007-2012 responsible for labor and employment in a charter city with 11 active bargaining units. During that time she represented management in wide array of employment law including disciplinary hearings, Pitchess motions, EEOC & DFEH investigations, responses to public records act requests, PERB complaints & grievance arbitrations, and presented various workshops for personnel management and the local Police Academy. Prior to that, she was a Senior Counsel with Lozano Smith from 2000 to 2007, specializing in employment and k-12 student issues for school districts. She served with Schools Legal Service for 3 years specializing in school and university employment law. Ms. Saghatelian was in private practice in Bakersfield from 1986 to 1996 specializing in general business & probate litigation and criminal law, and was a partner in the law firm of Bunker, Saghatelian and Gibbs.
Ms. Saghatelian received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her B.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. She was President of the International Moot Court Honors Board and winner of the best written memorial. She was president of Kern County Women Lawyers for two terms, a board member of the Kern County Bar Association for five years, and was a member of the Resolutions and Executive Committee of the State Bar Conference of Delegates. She is a member of California Women Lawyers, Fresno County Women Lawyers, and the Fresno and Kern County Bar Associations.