Ken Khachigian's practice includes a range of high-level environmental and government relations matters, particularly where legal, government and public issues intersect. Ken possesses more than 30 years of strategic expertise in governmental affairs, complex business litigation and public service. He has represented companies in diverse industries including energy, telecommunications, transportation, water systems, private equity, real estate, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and waste management as well as several public agencies. Ken is widely regarded throughout California for providing exceptional counseling in government relations, crisis management and strategic problem-solving. He has led successful negotiations of major litigations and disputes for private and public agency clients.

Ken began his distinguished public service career in the White House immediately after law school, rising to Deputy Special Assistant under President Richard Nixon. President Ronald Reagan commissioned him Special Consultant to the President in 1981, where Ken served as Chief Speechwriter and senior White House adviser. Beginning with President Reagan's first inaugural address, Ken collaborated on dozens of major and historic political and policy speeches throughout the President’s two terms in office. Ken served the Reagan-Bush campaign as Director of Issues and Research, senior adviser and chief campaign speechwriter and was one of only two campaign aides who accompanied President Reagan aboard Air Force One throughout his 1984 landslide re-election effort.

Ken was also a key adviser and strategist for President George H. W. Bush’s successful 1988 election campaign, for California Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, California Attorney General, Dan Lungren, and Supreme Court Justice, Ming Chin, as well as directing several other statewide campaigns. He served as national senior adviser and California campaign director to presidential nominee Robert Dole in 1996 and to Senator John McCain in 2000. He is widely quoted in state and national publications, has appeared on prominent cable and network television programs and frequently lectures before businesses and associations on government affairs and politics.

Representative Matters
  • Represented Orange County toll road agency in seeking State and Federal Coastal permits to complete construction of State Route 241.

News & Events

Board of Regents, The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America 

Editorial Advisory Board, Campaigns & Elections Magazine

Advisory Board, Armenian Eyecare Project

Board of Directors, California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance

Director Emeritus, Richard Nixon Foundation

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1969, Columbia University Law School
  • B.A., 1966, with honors, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • California, 1970
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of California, Santa Barbara

Lifetime Humanitarian Award, Armenian Eyecare Project

Lifetime Achievement Award, Armenian National Committee of America

California Bar Association