Question: Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.

Answer: Karagozian & Rudolph, PC is a law firm located in Woodland Hills, California. We practice criminal defense and mediation throughout Southern California. Our lawyers, Michael Karagozian and Allyson Rudolph, have years of experience and are the team that you want on your side when you find yourself in a difficult situation. We handle all types of criminal defense matters, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. We genuinely care about our clients and walk them through every step of the legal process when dealing with the criminal justice system.

Question: Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).

Answer: Allyson Rudolph focuses her practice on criminal defense matters and represents clients who have been charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses. With years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, Allyson has handled a range of matters, including without limitation driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, assault, battery, other violent crimes, drug possession, distribution and sale of drugs, domestic violence, resisting arrest and white collar offenses such as fraud. She has consistently obtained favorable results for her clients. Allyson’s accomplishments have earned her the recognition by her colleagues as well as selection as a Rising Star and a “Superb” rating from Avvo. Additionally, she has been selected to be a part of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 list and National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 list. In every case she handles, she minimizes the stress of the legal process on her clients and their families. Allyson works closely with her clients to help them achieve their legal objective. She customizes her approach for each matter and works diligently to achieve the best possible outcome. Her continued success reflects her sincere devotion to her clients. Born and raised in Southern California, Allyson pursued her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science. She then attended Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate.
Michael Karagozian practices criminal defense and also serves as a mediator in civil disputes. Michael’s father was a criminal defense attorney and taught Michael the fundamentals to our criminal justice system at a young age. Throughout his life, his schooling and his career, Michael has been passionate about protections given to us by the United States Constitution. Michael’s knowledge of issues concerning searches, seizures and improper conduct by the government provides his clients with the quality representation they deserve. Michael believes an injustice upon one person that is not fought for creates an injustice that can potentially happen to all of us more easily. In addition, Michael has mediated hundreds of cases on a variety of matters. With a background in real estate and civil litigation, Michael brings specific knowledge from his litigation experience to his mediations. He is currently on the panel of mediators for the Central District of California and is an adjunct professor for the mediation clinic at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Michael attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He then obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Michael then went on to achieve his LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

Question: What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?

Answer: Michael and Allyson were both lawyers for years practicing separately before they created Karagozian & Rudolph, PC. They each felt it was time to use their past experiences to create an office together that emulated their goals as attorneys. Michael and Allyson truly fight for their clients every single step of the way. No stone goes unturned when a client hires Karagozian & Rudolph, PC. To Michael and Allyson, a violation on one person’s rights could potentially become a slippery slope of violations of rights of many others, which is why they fight in every case.

Question: What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?

Answer: Work hard
Be disciplined
Be humble

Question: What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

Answer: Organization
Be open to constructive criticism

Question: How many hours do you work a day on average?

Answer: depends

Question: To what do you most attribute your success?

Answer: Preparation and being humble

Question: How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?

Answer: networking

Question: What is the best way to achieve long-term success?

Answer: Knowing that learning never stops

Question: What motivates you?

Answer: Fighting for something we truly believe in

Question: What are your ideals?

Answer: Work hard and be humble

Question: How do you define success?

Answer: Giving 110%

Question: How do you build a successful customer base?

Answer: By providing thorough representation to our clients. Our best referrals are client referrals.

Question: What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

Answer: The opportunity to build and manage a team with our ideals and ethics.

Question: What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

Answer: Success for our clients.

Question: In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.

Answer: discipline

Question: How did you decide on the location for your business?

Answer: We wanted the ability to have access to different courts in different counties.

Question: Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

Answer: There is no pattern or formula, every situation is different, and you need to adapt accordingly.

Question: Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Answer: Fighting against injustice and government overreach

Question: What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favorite book?)

Answer: From Freedom To Slavery: The Rebirth of Tyranny in America by Gerry Spence