Today we’d like to introduce you to Harout Bouldoukian.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Around the time of the housing crisis in 2008/2009. I started working as a legal assistant at a bankruptcy law firm. I was in college at the time and I finally decided that I was going to pursue law. The firm I started at was brand new so it was just the attorney and myself. I had little to no experience working in an office but I wanted to learn. I did not know what bankruptcy law was before I started working. All I know was that the attorney was very busy and I needed the experience.
While I was working at the firm, I really saw for bankruptcy protection really helps people get a fresh start. I fell in love with the “superhero” feeling filing the bankruptcy case to help protect assets or income. We used to file last minute bankruptcy cases before midnight to stop a foreclosure the following morning at 8am. We filed cases to stop wage garnishments for clients and removed judgment liens from property. Our clients were so happy to know someone had there back when all their banks turned on them.
It always bothered me that so many people got into “trouble” with their mortgage lenders because they did not have an understanding of the types of loans they were getting. I also bothered my how creditors and collectors harassed family to pay their debts.
I went to law school at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, CA. Not the law school I thought I would attend, but I knew I wanted to go into law and I knew that moving out of Los Angeles would be a great experience. I could not have been happier with my choice. I really got to see a different California — California Ag (or Agriculture). The central valley is truly an underrated part of California. During law school, I worked at the Fresno County Superior Court Self-Help Desk. This is like the trenches of the legal world. My main job was to provide legal assistance to the indigent population of Fresno County (or to those that showed up).
After law school, I returned to Los Angeles and was offered a position as Associate Attorney at the same bankruptcy firm I worked at before. It was great to finally be the attorney in my own cases, with my own clients. But after a couple of years, I decided to open my own practice. My main purpose for starting my practice was to help education and assist with bankruptcy filing. I want to take the stigma out of bankruptcy so people understand how it would apply to them or a loved-one that is struggling with debt.
People always say that I don’t sound like an attorney. I like that. The bankruptcy code is boring and confusing. I like breaking it down so people understand what it is. We only hear about bankruptcy filings in the news, but nothing is ever explained. I have been producing a series of videos to help education people about the process.
I also run a cigar manufacturing business with my father. The company is called Garo Cigars. Our main headquarters in Glendale, CA but out cigars are hand-rolled in our factory the Dominican Republic. We have been in the cigar industry for 25 years. I joined the company about seven years ago (while I was in Law school). Our cigars can be found in over 40 stores in the US (about 30 stores in LA area).
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I took the bar exam four times. That means that was two full years of just dealing with the bar and keeping myself from going bankruptcy. It was a mental challenge to keep going and going. I had the support of family and friends. Finally passed and was able to work in BK Law.
Bouldoukian Law Firm, APC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My law firm primarily handles bankruptcy law and collection issues.
When I can’t help someone, I usually try to point them in the right direction so they can get the legal assistance they need right away.
For now, I am most proud of the video content we care creating to educate people about how bankruptcy law works.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when you have peace of mind in what you are doing. Action alleviates anxiety. Success is not just about money but about get yourself to a level where you are working hard to grow your business and your personal life. Peace of Mind.
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – $800 – $1500 (Plus filing fee)
- Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – $5,000-6,000 (Plus filing fee)
- Address: 655 N. Central Ave 17th Floor
Glendale, CA 91203
- Website: www.bouldoukianlaw.com
- Phone: 747.236.3080
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bouldoukianlaw/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouldoukianlaw/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/BouldoukianLaw
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/bouldoukian-law-firm-glendale-2
Office photos by Justin Quebral