Ms. Saghatelian is a partner who started with the firm in 2015. With 33 years of legal experience she currently serves as General Counsel to the Del Rey Community Services District; Assistant General Counsel to the Madera County Transportation Commission, and the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority, and represents the Cities of Arvin, King City and Yuba City. She practices employment law including investigations, labor negotiations, disciplinary hearings, Pitchess motions, EEOC & DFEH complaints, PRA requests & grievance arbitrations. She is a frequent speaker at statewide conferences and has presented at PELRA-California on topics such as Supersized Leaves, Retired Annuitants, Skelly 101, and at CalGovHR on Independent Contractors after Dynamex. She conducts board, supervisor and employee training on sexual harassment & anti- discrimination.
Ms. Saghatelian began her legal career in Bakersfield in 1986 in business litigation and criminal defense, and was a partner in Bunker, Saghatelian & Gibbs. She represented the Kern County Public Administrator-Coroner in a high-profile probate matter, 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 investigations, discipline & labor for the city’s 11 bargaining units, and was a presenter at the Police Academy & the Fire Department on personnel, management & recent developments. She conducted in-house investigations & training for all city departments. She has practiced in estate planning & probate in the Fresno community.
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 served for 2 years at the on-campus Community Legal Service program, serving clients pro bono.