Andrew Haden, '08 (JD), and Vic Merjanian, '10 (JD), received the 2016 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and have had significant achievements in the legal profession or their chosen field, while also demonstrating a high level of community involvement.
Haden is currently an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2010, after being selected through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Haden was recently elevated to become a deputy chief of the Reactive Crimes Section and is now responsible for leading a team of trial attorneys. From 2013 to 2016, Haden served as the district’s Project Safe Neighborhoods coordinator—a federal program designed to combat gun and gang violence.
Merjanian is the co-founder and managing partner of Kalfayan Merjanian LLP in Newport Beach. His practice areas include antitrust, business litigation, civil litigation and personal injury. He is also the founder and CEO of Titan Health & Security Technologies (Titan HST), a comprehensive mass-notification system and emergency communication network for businesses, governments and schools. Titan HST is deployed domestically and internationally, securing organizations
ranging from the European Commission to local schools, businesses and city governments.