Norvik Azarian is the Managing Attorney at Tact Law Firm, APC. He is a thoughtful and dedicated attorney whose practice mainly focuses on obtaining just compensation for victims of personal injuries, securing ERISA disability benefits for employees, and providing experienced representation on appellate matters.
Prior to starting Tact Law Firm, Norvik worked at two prestigious firms, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, and Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, where he defended major insurance companies, ERISA benefits administrators, managed care entities, and Fortune 500 corporations. Over the years, he has defended many ERISA benefits lawsuits involving claims for long-term disability, short-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance, and health care benefits.
Norvik also has extensive experience in handling complex appellate matters. As a law student, he worked for a prominent Circuit Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Also, while in law school, Norvik was selected to join Loyola Law School’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic and successfully obtained a published opinion in his client’s favor on an appeal involving Fourth Amendment issues of qualified immunity and the right to bodily privacy. Ioane v. Hodges, 903 F.3d 929 (9th Cir. 2018).
As a practicing attorney, Norvik has handled numerous appeals in the California Courts of Appeal, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Notably, Norvik obtained a denial of a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court in a novel ERISA matter involving a circuit split where the opposing party seeking the grant of certiorari was represented by former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, Neal Katyal. Cho v. First Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 852 Fed. Appx. 304 (9th Cir. 2021), cert. denied, 142 S. Ct. 1118 (2022).
In the California Courts of Appeal, Norvik has worked on matters involving claims of slander and anti-SLAPP motions for public individuals as well as questions of first impression regarding personal jurisdiction and California’s Sister State Money Judgments Act. Notably, Norvik obtained a favorable ruling for a venture capitalist client affirming a trial court’s denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by a professional tennis player and allowing the venture capitalist’s claim of slander against the professional tennis player to move forward. Kaplan v. Gimelstob, B315197, Cal. App. Unpub. (2022).