Attorney Shahane Hakobyan is licensed by the California State Bar. Ms. Hakobyan pursued law degrees from Jean Moulin University Lyon III in Lyon, France, and French University in Armenia. At Jean Moulin University, she earned her law degree, and she pursued a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), from the French University in Armenia. She graduated with honors from both institutions. She also attended the American University of Armenia, achieving a Master of Laws (LLM). She received an LLM with specialization in civil litigation and trial advocacy from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Ms. Hakobyan began her legal career in Armenia, working for a research and consulting company as a lawyer*, focusing on employment law, tax law, and contract law. She then served as the leading legal specialist on human rights with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia.It was here that Ms. Hakobyan drafted action plans and reports on execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments and drafted follow-up analyses on European and United Nations human rights institutions' reports. She also had the opportunity to work at the Human Rights Defender's (Ombudsman) Office of Armenia as a Legal Consultant on International Cooperation. She served as a liaison for cooperation with international human rights institutions and prepared opinions on national reports issued by international and European organizations. The nature of this work has given Ms. Hakobyan a keen eye for detail and a determination that translates to her work today.
When Ms. Hakobyan moved to Los Angeles, she worked as a paralegal for a personal injury law firm and then for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's office. While at the personal injury firm, she assisted in all aspects of case management, from intake to litigation, giving her an understanding of a seamless experience for clients from start to finish. At the Los Angeles County Public Defender's office, she performed legal research to assist attorneys and drafted various legal documents including motions, affidavits, discovery requests and responses. While in this position, she was a part of the Women's Defenders Association.
Ms. Hakobyan always has had an interest in helping others. While in high school, she received a scholarship to study at a high school in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for one academic year through The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. This program is a student exchange program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by the U.S. Government. After returning to Armenia, she was involved in various volunteer projects as an alumna of the FLEX program. The Fuller Center for Housing ran one of the projects she participated in. This philanthropic program was centered around aiding Armenia's rural areas to help build houses in underprivileged communities. She also previously taught at an Armenian boarding school for children with special education needs; she worked with the students after their classes and taught them Armenian. While earning her LL.B and LLM, she was able to focus on specific interests. She was the team captain of the European Union Court of Justice Model Moot Court and participated in the Summer School on International Humanitarian Law while working towards her LL.B. She also participated in the Summer Institute on Law and Policy in Jerusalem, Israel and was a part of the Moot Court International Trade Mock Arbitration while working towards her LLM. In addition, she had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at American University of Armenia. Through these programs, Ms. Hakobyan developed interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, leadership qualities, and great compassion.
Ms. Hakobyan's diverse background brings a comprehensive, international approach to Feinberg & Waller's practice--particularly in understanding international Hague Convention move-away cases. She speaks Armenian and English fluently, along with conversational French and Russian. Her grasp of these languages allows her to communicate effectively with clients of various backgrounds. She brings all aspects of her education, global perspective, and knowledge to every case working alongside the entire Feinberg & Waller team.
*In Armenia, there is a distinction between "a lawyer" and "an attorney," while a lawyer can provide a broad scope of legal services, including giving legal advice and preparing legal documents, only an attorney can represent a client in court proceedings (there are exceptions). Ms. Hakobyan worked as a lawyer in Armenia. She is licensed in the United States by the California State Bar.