Sanchez & Amador, LLP

Elizabeth M. Khachigian

Elizabeth Khachigian has more than twenty years’ in-house and AmLaw 100 law firm experience, representing financial institutions and blue chip companies in commercial transactions and litigation. Most recently, she spent nearly twelve years at Comerica Bank, where, as Senior Vice President and Divisional General Counsel, she managed the attorneys and legal staff for the Special Assets Group nationwide and provided risk management and strategic legal advice to senior leadership.

Ms. Khachigian’s practice focuses on structuring, negotiation and documentation of commercial lending transactions (including term and revolving credit facilities, real estate acquisition and construction finance, and intercreditor agreements), troubled debt restructuring (modifications and workouts), and creditor’s rights enforcement. Ms. Khachigian also has extensive experience counseling clients on lender liability issues; negotiating and documenting confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements, asset sale agreements, settlements and vendor contracts; developing bank policies, procedures, "best practices" and forms; and presenting training programs. Ms. Khachigian also has broad experience in commercial bankruptcy matters, commercial litigation, dispute resolution and remedial actions. Among her notable accomplishments, Ms. Khachigian led the legal support of Comerica's $1 billion distressed construction loan portfolio during the 2008 financial crisis, involving the resolution and disposition of hundreds of distressed loans and management of related litigation.

While in private practice prior to joining Comerica (Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, Orrick and Pillsbury Winthrop), Ms. Khachigian represented financial institutions, technology companies, and manufacturers in the areas of creditor’s rights, lending, restructuring, bankruptcy, contract disputes, distressed asset acquisition/disposition and commercial litigation.

Ms. Khachigian began her legal career clerking for the Hon. David E. Russell, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court (Sacramento), contributing to approximately a dozen published decisions. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University.

Elizabeth M. Khachigian
khachigian@sanchez-amador.com