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Tel: 323.993.0198 | E-mail: cary@agajanianlaw.com

A famed motorsports attorney, promoter and racecar owner, Cary Agajanian has personally represented and advised over 20 sports and leisure sanctioning bodies in liability suits during the past 30 years, including Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), United States Auto Club (USAC), Formula One (FISA), and National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), among others.  Cary is the Managing Partner of AMWT&C and head of the General Liability Group. An important part of Cary’s practice is motorsports litigation and general liability law. 

As legal counsel for the Long Beach Grand Prix and Toyota, U.S.A. in the precedent setting case of Regazzoni vs. Long Beach Grand Prix, Cary convinced the Federal District Court to dismiss all claims asserted by the famed Formula One driver who was paralyzed during practice at the event based upon the waiver and release and express assumption of the risk agreement signed by the driver prior to participation. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later upheld the case, and the well-publicized ruling marked a significant victory for the sports and leisure fields, setting the tone for future similar litigation.

Cary has argued numerous motorsports-related cases, many resulting in published California Court of Appeals opinions enforcing waiver and release and assumption of risk agreements, such as in Hoffman v. Sports Car Club of America (1986) 180 Cal.App.3d 119 and National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers, Inc. v. Superior Court (1989) 215 Cal.App.3d 934.

Cary was instrumental in authoring the CART Annual Waiver and Release and the Event Waiver and Release, among others, documents which are widely recognized as the industry standard used throughout the United States. 

Prior to founding AMWT&C, he served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles for nine years, prosecuting hundreds of criminal actions, representing the City in major civil liability cases, and managing hundreds of attorneys and employees for a major division of the city attorney's office. A much sought after lecturer on risk management in motorsports, Cary conducts lectures to groups across the United States.

 
Cary is also the founder and principal of Motorsports Management International, LLC (“MMI”), a full service sports management company representing professional race car drivers. MMI also provides marketing and consulting services in the motorsports industry. For more information about MMI, please visit www.motorsportsmanagement.com.





Education

University of Southern California Law School, J.D.
Phi Delta Phi

University of Southern California, B.S.
Finance and Management





Professional Activities

Admitted:
State Bar of California

Admitted to Practice:
U.S. District Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Published Opinions:

Hoffman v. Sports Car Club of America 180 Cal.App.3d 119, and National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers, Inc. v. Superior Court 215 Cal.App.3d 934.

Member:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association
International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)
North American Contingency Association (NACA)

Board of Directors:
United States Automobile Club (USAC)

Governing Board:
World of Outlaws Sprint Car
Late Model Sanctioning Organization

Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS) [Comprised of NASCAR, NHRA, USAC, CART, IMSA and SCCA. F.I.A. representative in U.S.A.]

Chairman and Founding Member:
American Motorcyclist Association Pro Racing

Officer:
Former Executive Vice President (USAC) Indy Racing League

Founder:
Motorsports Management Inc.
The leading management company focused on drivers and motorsports with offices in Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C., and Indianapolis

President:
Agajanian Enterprises, Inc., a motorsport promotions and racing team
Ascot Racing Club (sanctioning body for stock car racing)

Founding Member:
World of Outlaw Benevolent Fund (for injured sprint car drivers)
Memorial Fund for Kara Hendrick
Motor Racing Panel (comprised of 15 major sanctioning bodies)
National Board of Sprint Car Promoters
National Sprint Car Museum & Hall of Fame (Knoxville, IA)





Awards/Honors

Hugh Deery Award for outstanding contributions to Short Track Racing (1991)
Grand Marshal, King's Royal Sprint Car Championships, Eldora Speedway (1991)
Grand Marshal, U.S. Sprint Car Championships, Knoxville, Iowa (1990)
Promoter of the Year, National Sprint Car Poll (1987)
Promoter of the Year, United States Auto Club (1987)
Promoter of the Year, Racing Promotion Monthly (1986)
Award of Excellence, for media in a major market (Los Angeles) (1990)





Legislation/Education/Litigation

Participated in numerous Assembly and Senate Committees for the protection of auto racing sponsors, venues, sanctioning bodies and teams.

Proposed bills in the California State Legislature to protect sanctioning bodies and car owners; the legislation was eventually rewritten and enacted in the State of Florida.





Seminars/Lectures

Conducted lectures on risk management in motorsports to groups of 1,000+ at numerous seminars annually for the past 20 years, including sanctioning bodies, promoters, car owners, sponsors and drivers.

 

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