People

Arlex was founded nearly two decades ago by Thomas J. Samuelian and Tamar Hajian, both U.S. attorneys with extensive experience in international and Armenian legal matters, working closely with a talented team of local attorneys, economists and paralegals.

Senior Partner, Thomas J. Samuelian, is a U.S. attorney with over twenty years' experience in international practice, including four years handling transactions and international arbitration in Moscow, Almaty, and other countries of the CIS, as the senior U.S. attorney in Steptoe & Johnson's Almaty and Moscow offices. He is among the first foreign attorneys admitted to the Armenian bar. Mr. Samuelian holds his J.D. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native speaker of English and fluent in Armenian and Russian.

Executive Director Karen Varagyan has been with the firm since 1999. In addition to managing the firm's operations, he has worked on many of the firm's international transactions, conducting due diligence, assisting with research, document preparation and carrying out registrations and notarizations. He holds the B.A. in Economics from the State Economics University of Armenia.

Associate Nshan Matevosyan joined the firm in 2017. He is licensed member of the Armenian Chamber of Advocates and holds his LL.M. from the American University of Armenia and his B.A. in Linguistics from the Interlingua Linguistic University. He has worked on various matters, including transactions in the Armenian electric and banking sectors, and is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English.

Junior Associate Armen Simonyan has been with the firm since 2004. He has worked on many of the firm's international transactions, conducting due diligence, assisting with document preparation and carrying out registrations and notarizations. He holds the B.A. in Linguistics from the Yerevan State University of Armenia. Currently he is completing his LL.M. degree from State Pedagogical University.

Arlex's staff includes several young multilingual associates and paralegals, who handle legal and business research and a wide variety of legal drafting, translation, notarization and registrations.