Andrea Zarikian joined Baron & Budd’s Washington D.C. office in 2021 as an associate in our firm’s Opioid Litigation Group. Through her experience, Ms. Zarikian has learned that not all companies follow established regulations regarding safety in the products they sell, instead putting corporate profits over the wellbeing of people, which is not acceptable. Ms. Zarikian derives much satisfaction from using the legal system to change the behavior of irresponsible pharmaceutical companies that have failed to protect people from serious harm caused by their drugs.
A native Houstonian, Ms. Zarikian was raised in Caracas, Venezuela and later in Boca Raton, Florida. The daughter of a first-generation American, she spent her formative years rooted in Spanish culture and embraced her cultural heritage with volunteer work in Latin America mentoring school age children in Managua, Nicaragua and Tijuana, Mexico. Ms. Zarikian has used her Spanish-speaking abilities and background to represent Spanish-language only clients across a variety of cases and considers it a blessing to be able to communicate with her clients and explain challenging legal concepts in their native language.
Andrea Zarikian received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish with High Honors in 2009 from the University of Texas in Austin. While completing her undergraduate coursework, Ms. Zarikian clerked with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, an organization of Texas plaintiff’s lawyers who share a vision that everyone is entitled to equal access to our courts and that no one is above accountability. She also spent six constructive years at a plaintiff’s firm in Houston, Texas before, during, and after law school, which duly whetted her appetite for litigation.
During her time at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas, Ms. Zarikian worked as a constitutional law clerk, actively served on the pro bono litigation team, was a member of the Order of the Barristers, and volunteered at the Baylor Immigration Clinic, a Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration service, where she assisted qualified individuals with the cumbersome and confusing process of applying for deportation relief. She received her juris doctor in 2014.
Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Ms. Zarikian’s practice focused on high-exposure catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. These included toxic torts, automotive product liability, crashworthiness law (with emphasis on airbag defects, seat and seatbelt failures, rollovers, roof crush, and post-collision fuel-fed fires), workplace negligence, and commercial trucking matters spanning jurisdictions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
In addition, Ms. Zarikian litigated a transnational toxic tort action on behalf of hundreds of Latin American banana plantation workers who sustained injuries from exposure to a pesticide banned in this country for decades. Her aggressive representation of these innocent men took her to Costa Rica and Colombia for depositions, adding to her international experience and cementing her dedication to a practice that allows her to protect consumers against injustice. She is delighted to bring her breadth of experience to Baron & Budd, where she says she is inspired by the meaningful ways in which lawyers can impact lives. “Most folks don’t want vengeance. They just want to make sure that what happened to them never happens to anyone else in the future. I strive to make that a reality for our clients.”
Outside of the office, Ms. Zarikian enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, preferably in the saddle of one of her many bicycles. She is also fond of engaging in imaginative hands-on projects, such as woodworking. She is especially proud of a desktop she crafted during the pandemic from a wood pallet in the shape of a boomerang to affix atop her standing desk base. Other innovative endeavors have included the construction of an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven. Currently, she is refurbishing a 1962 International Harvester Scout, considered the original “sport utility vehicle,” which she hopes to utilize as both a daily driver and in upcoming off-road adventures.
- How to Handle Direct Liability Claims Against Institutional Defendants, (co-author), Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s 23rd Annual Medical Malpractice Conference (June 2012)
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas (J.D., 2014)
University of Texas at Austin, Texas (B.A., Government and Spanish with high Honors, 2009)
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United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
American Association for Justice