Since becoming an attorney in 2000, P. Christopher Ardalan has earned a reputation as a “lawyer for the people.” As founder of Ardalan & Associates, PLC, his diverse Southern California-based practice focuses on personal injury cases. Overseeing an impressive team of professionals, Ardalan instills his philosophy of doing his best on behalf of each and every client in all who work with him as well as those seeking his counsel.
From the beginning, the road to becoming an attorney seemed a clear path for Ardalan. He graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge, earning memberships into the National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He delved into the legal profession at a young age, working as a paralegal at law firms while supporting himself through college. His talents were evident from the beginning, as several lawyers that he worked with nicknamed the charismatic 17-year-old, “The kid with the golden tongue.”
In 1996, Ardalan was accepted into Loyola Law School. During his freshman year, he was appointed Vice-Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Executive Lt. Governor for the Ninth Circuit of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division. He went on to become Governor of the Circuit, winning the Silver Key Award as well as “Circuit of the Year” honoring his events that promoted diversity, public interest and the betterment of the legal profession. He served as one of six hand-selected advocates on Loyola’s highly distinguished Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, where he went on to win numerous regional and national mock trial championships. Ardalan was also a writer for Loyola’s International and Comparative Law Review. The culmination of these achievements came when he graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif at Loyola and was selected as the featured graduation speaker at his commencement.
Ardalan has been committed to becoming one of the best in his profession since law school. By age 40, Ardalan had successfully taken on countless insurance companies and large corporations attempting to deny his clients justice and obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for injured victims. In the last decade alone, Ardalan was recognized as a top trial lawyer by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year); received the Litigator Award® as a Top 1% of all lawyers; was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); was inducted into the Million and MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forums; was named both Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers; was featured in Newsweek as Top Attorneys Nationwide; received the Byrne Alumnus of the Year Award as a trial lawyer from Loyola Law School; and featured on KCAL 9’s Best of Southern California.
Despite his tremendous success, Ardalan still considers himself a student of the art. “I never stop challenging myself to grow as a trial lawyer. I study the masters, my opponents, and my trials. Every trial is fertile ground for learning for the next. You have to keep advancing intellectually, emotionally, and morally to stay competitive. My passion for this stems from my deep desire to bring justice to my clients and I work each day to further that goal,” says Ardalan.
Ardalan is accredited by the California State Bar and all of the U.S. District Courts of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), and is a Fellow of the Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute.
“Ever since I started working in law firms when I was 17, there has been nothing more I wanted to do than fight for the rights of those who have been wronged. Every decision I made since then has been guided by that passion. I have dedicated the greater part of my life to becoming a seasoned trial lawyer and compassionate warrior for my clients. Now having lived an entire career in the practice of law, and even beyond the countless verdicts and settlements I have achieved, undeniably the most fulfilling part of my job continues to be the positive changes I make in my clients’ lives each day by holding those who harmed them accountable. I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve my community and my clients, and I am indebted to all who have entrusted me to be their voice for justice.”
P. Christopher Ardalan
Trial Lawyer for the People
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 2000
Honors: Cum Laude (Top 10%); Order of the Coif; Graduation Speaker; Dean’s List
- California State University, Northridge, California, 1995
Bachelor of Arts – English Major, Psychology Minor
(Current As of 8/9/23)
- Conducted a Total of 40 Jury Trials, 4 Arbitrations, 1 Bench Trial
- Over 80 Seven Figure Settlements or Verdicts Ranging From $1 Million to $6.6 Million
- $11,000,000 ($14,000,000 Judgment) for Mild TBI Case Out of San Bernardino County (2023)
- 9th Highest Civil Rights Violation Settlement in 2020 – $4.25 Million Dollars
- 8th Highest Reported Verdict in 2018 – (Lopez v. The City of Los Angeles)
- Highest Grossing Premises Liability Personal Injury Verdict in 2009 – (Martinez v. Gantz)