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Also known as Alejandro Yemenidjian, Alex Yemenidjian is a success story in himself. He is, after all, the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Armenco Holdings, LLC and of The New Tropicana Las Vegas, Inc. He immigrated to the United States as a teenager and attended the Ferrahian Armenian School.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University Northridge, which he followed by a master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. He worked at the USC Marshall School of Business as an Adjunct Professor of Taxation.

Yemenidjian has served in various capacities in his business career including:

• Chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (199-2005) and director (1997-2005)

• Director of MGM Resorts International Inc. (1989-2005); President of MGM (1995-1999); COO (1995-1999); and CFO (1994-1998).

• Executive at Tracinda Corporation (1990-1997)

• Managing Partner at Parks, Palmer, Turner & Yemenidjian, Certified Public Accountants

• Director of Regal Entertainment Group

• Trustee of Baron Investment Funds Trust

• Director of Guess?, Inc.


Mark John Geragos is among the most prominent celebrity lawyers in the United States partly because his clientele includes many of the country’s celebrities, politicians, and controversial figures. He has represented the likes of Michael Jackson during his child molestation charges; Winona Ryder for her theft case; and Susan McDougal, Gary Condit, and Scott Petersen during their high-profile lawsuits for various charges; as well as Jeremy Mayfield, suspended NASCAR driver; Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal, brothers who were injured by an escaped tiger; and Chris Brown in his assault charges against Rihanna.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Geragos is of Armenian descent. He was a brilliant student, such as when he graduated with honors from the Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College in 1979 as well as his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1982.

In 1983, he became a member of the State Bar of California. He is currently a managing partner at the 13-man law firm, The Law Offices of Geragos and Geragos, located in Los Angeles. He handles civil litigation and criminal defense cases, which are areas where he has proven to be among the best in the country.

Geragos is proud of his Armenian heritage and, thus, has maintained close ties with the Armenian communities in the United States and abroad. He has been recognized for his notable contributions by the Armenian National Committee of America. He also serves in various capacities in organizations like the Advisory Committee of Birthright Armenia, the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and the Armenia Fund International Board of Trustees, aside from his active involvement in the Armenian religious community.

Geragos has been recognized by various award-giving bodies. Among his awards are the 1999 Trial Lawyer of The Year by the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association; the 1999 Jerry Giesler Memorial Award for Trial Skills, Judgment and Dedication; the 2005 Attorney of the Year by the California Lawyer magazine; and the 2008 Top 10 Verdicts of the State of California.