Biography of Yana G. Henriks


Yana G. Henriks is a partner at MCMURRAY HENRIKS, LLP where she practices mainly in the fields of business and commercial litigation, business acquisition and dissolution, civil rights, and first amendment defense. Her clients are from diverse industries, including real estate, technology development, apparel, retail, and others.

Ms. Henriks has served as lead counsel in shareholders derivative suits, class actions, mass tort actions, franchise and licensing disputes, and trademark litigation. She has made a specialty of vigorous, high stakes litigation before state and federal trial courts. She also has extensive experience in appellate practice. An early appellate victory was the landmark, published ruling of Blue Water Sunset, LLC v. Markowitz (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 477 [122 Cal.Rptr.3d 641] in which the California Court of Appeal rewrote the rules of mandatory attorney disqualification in the context of shareholder derivative suits.

Prior to co-founding MCMURRAY HENRIKS, LLP, Ms. Henriks gained substantial inside experience working as an executive for a large financial institution. Prior to that, Ms. Henriks practiced law abroad for several years in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration and she maintains active licenses to practice law in the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation. In her practice, she has gained extensive experience in business organizations, real estate transactions, licensing, and international commercial and treaty arbitration.

Ms. Henriks’ background as an attorney in three foreign countries brings a unique perspective and the ability to think outside of the box to solve difficult business and legal problems quickly and intelligently, so as to save her clients time and resources and to position them for success in their future business ventures. Her background has also brought a passion for analyzing the law and, when necessary, advocating to change the law – which she has done successfully. Big picture thinking about the law runs in the family for Ms. Henriks: her father was one of the drafters of the current Constitution of the Republic of Armenia and later Attorney General of the Republic of Armenia. Her mother is a world-renowned professor of environmental law.

As to her philosophy of practicing law, Ms. Henriks considers her most satisfying legal work to be winning a dispositive motion that avoids the expense and risk of trial. In her view, a defendant has as strong a right to avoid trial in a meritless case, as a plaintiff has to get a trial in a meritorious one.

Ms. Yana Henriks has been selected as a Super Lawyers’ 2015 Southern California Rising Star. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Education
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Recipient of International Humanitarian Law Scholarship awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross

Main Areas of Practice
  • Appellate
  • Business Torts and Contract Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • First Amendment Defense
  • Real Estate
  • Trademark Litigation

Bar Court Admissions
  • California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • US District Court, Nevada Pro Hac Vice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Republic of Armenia
  • Russian Federation