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Ivan Sarkissian Selected Among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for 2020

Ivan A. Sarkissian, Shareholder and Co-founder of McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1997 and is admitted to practice in all Colorado state courts. The United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Sarkissian received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1993 and attended the Tulane University School of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 1997. While in law school, Mr Sarkissian was an associate editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Announcing the selection of Ivan Sarkissian, Esq. among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for 2020.  Selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators in the nation. 

Candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state. 

Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor. Truly the most exclusive and elite level of litigators in the community.

If you would like more information about America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. Or the selection process, please visit our website at or contact Kevin Wieser – Membership Director at

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If you are self-employed or a small business owner, you may be facing a loss of revenue due to stay-at-home orders and mass closures throughout the State of Colorado.  As a result, meeting you family support obligations, paying your mortgage and car loans, while still supporting yourself,  may be difficult, if not impossible. The federal government has recently passed legislation to help small business owners, including sole proprietors.  There are a few different programs that may be available to provide economic assistance to your business during these difficult times. 

The first is the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) which provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million for certain business costs.  There are certain eligibility requirements and you will need to apply through a authorized bank or lender.  Some of the loan amount may be forgiven.  As the funds available are limited, you should contact your bank right away for more information about how to apply for the PPP.

The SBA has also set up an Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance (EIDL) program, which provides small businesses, including non-profits, with low interest loans of up to $2 million.  You can access up to a $10,000 loan advance within three days of your application to pay for certain business expenses.   You apply for the EIDL program directly through the SBA portal.

There are other programs available to help you get through these difficult times. The Colorado Office of Economic Development has created a resource page which includes numerous resources available for small businesses, including sole proprietors, and independent contractors. You can obtain more information at 

The information herein is by no means exhaustive as the options available to small businesses and sole proprietors but it is a starting point.  We encourage you to contact your bank, CPA, and the SBA for further information.

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Risk Transfer: Indemnification & Additional Insured Status

Ivan Sarkissian, Esq. & Kate McDonald, Esq., of the Civil Litigation Team, present Risk Transfer: Indemnification & Additional Insured Status, at the Associated General Contractors of America’s Annual Convention, in Las Vegas, on March 10, 2020.

2020 AGC Presentation  [Preparing For The Industry of Tommorrow]

Anti-Indemnity Chart [Chart]

Notice of Claim Form [Form]

Tender Insurer Form  [Form]

Tender Subcontractor Form [Form]