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Natalie Kalbakian

Associate | Los Angeles

Overview

Natalie Kalbakian is an associate attorney in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon, advising cities and local agencies on a variety of municipal law matters.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon in 2022, Natalie clerked at civil appellate boutique firm Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP.

As a law student, Natalie had the distinct honor of arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of an asylum seeker. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review where her seminal article about the potential for video game industry unionization and the impacts of California Assembly Bill 5 was published.

Natalie previously handled labor and employment law matters as an intern at the National Labor Relations Board and through Loyola’s Employment Rights Clinic in collaboration with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She also served as a research assistant to Professor Paul T. Hayden and interned at a transactional entertainment firm after her first year of law school.

Prior to law school, Natalie managed a city council campaign and worked as a legal assistant at a civil litigation firm. She graduated from UCLA with Latin and College Honors.

Honors & Awards

Video Game Bar Association, David. S. Rosenbaum Scholarship

Loyola Law School, Otto Kaus Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship

Publications

  • Note, Workers of the Gaming World, Unite! The Uncertain Future of the Video Game Industry in the Aftermath of AB 5
    2022
    Loyola of Los Angeles, Entertainment Law Review

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

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