Ms. Saghatelian joined the firm in 2015 as Of Counsel, bringing 32 years of legal experience. She currently serves as Assistant General Counsel to the Madera County Transportation Commission, represents the Cities of Arvin and King, and serves the Del Rey Community Services District. She continues to practice in a wide array of employment law including disciplinary hearings, Pitchess motions, EEOC & DFEH investigations, responses to public records act requests, PERB complaints & grievance arbitrations. She is a frequent speaker at statewide conferences and has presented at PELRA-California on topics such as Supersized Leaves, Retired Annuitant issues and Skelly 101.
Ms. Saghatelian began her legal career in Bakersfield in 1986 where she practiced business litigation and criminal defense, and was a partner in Bunker, Saghatelian & Gibbs. While there, she represented the Kern County Public Administrator-Coroner in a high-profile probate proceeding and co-chaired a six month jury trial involving 12 separate trusts which had been pending for 10 years. In 1996 she joined Schools Legal Service, a joint powers authority serving K‑12 and Community College Districts, with emphasis on litigation, employment and student matters. In 2000 she joined Lozano Smith in Fresno, specializing in employee discipline & student matters and was a presenter in workshops covering discrimination, harassment and the Brown Act. During this time she was a co-presenter (adjunct instructor) in the Tier 2 Administrator Credential program at CSU Fresno’s Kremen School of Education.
Ms. Saghatelian joined the Fresno City Attorney’s Office in 2007 specializing in Labor & Employment, representing management in employee discipline and labor for the city’s 11 bargaining units. During that time she was a presenter at the Police Academy and the Fire Department on personnel, management, and recent developments in police and fire cases, and conducted in-house training for various staff topics. Since 2012 she has maintained a solo practice in estate planning and probate.
Ms. Saghatelian holds a JD from UOP McGeorge School of Law where she was winner of the International Moot Court Best Written Memorial. She was President of the McGeorge International Moot Court Honors Board and a member for 2 years of the on-campus Community Legal Service program, serving clients pro bono.