USD School of Law Alumnus Vic Merjanian ’10 (JD) Makes Life-Saving Waves

Vic Merjanian ’10 (JD) Makes Life-Saving Waves

Vic Merjanian

SAN DIEGO (August 31, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Vic Merjanian, ’10 (JD), chief executive of Titan HST, has created an app designed to keep people connected and well informed during natural disasters like wildfires, hurricanes and floods. The app also does the same for man-made incidents, such as active shooter situations. It is being used by school districts, businesses, and medical facilities.  

Since founding his law practice, Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP, with Ralph B. Kalfayan, ’82 (BA), ’84 (JD), ’12 (LLM), Merjanian began to wonder how people, rather than suing after an injury, could avoid mishaps in the first place. “People date from apps, you order food from apps,” Merjanian said. “You do everything from apps, right? So why can't you get help from an app?”

The app, designed for schools, businesses and government agencies, allows users to transmit emergency alerts by picking from a menu of emergency icons on a smartphone or Apple Watch. The system also is accessible through text message, email, the web and social media feeds including Facebook and Twitter. It’s available in multiple languages.

“The first core function is the SOS. So you can select any kind of emergency you have. We saved our first life within 20 minutes of public deployment,” Merjanian said, recalling how a teacher returned to a science classroom and found a student trying to drink bleach.

Business has been booming. Most recently, Titan HST has signed a contract with the Cal State University system, beginning with the chancellor’s office. In April, the company signed a contract valued at $300 million with New York-based Titan Global, an unrelated security firm. Usage has exploded. Merjanian said the system was used 62 million times in 2017, up from 16 million in 2016.

In addition to Titan HST, Merjanian is the founder and managing partner of Kalfayan Merjanian LLP’s Newport Beach office. His primary practice areas include antitrust, business litigation, civil litigation and personal injury law.

Merjanian serves as a Board Member of the Board of Directors for Two Wings, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking. Previously, he served as a co-founder and leader of a community group in San Diego dedicated to assisting the families of deployed military personnel. He is also a member of Surfrider Foundation.

At USD, Merjanian served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the inaugural edition of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, the nation’s first student-run climate change and renewable energy law journal. He is a 2016 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award recipient and a member of the USD Law Alumni Board as well as the Orange County USD Law Alumni Chapter Board.

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About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.



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