Zaven A. Sargsian

Tel 801.531.3036
Fax 801.531.3001
Salt Lake City

Zaven A. Sargsian devotes his practice to privacy and data security, commercial litigation, and real estate litigation.

Zaven represents public and private companies in complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on corporate business litigation, land use and development disputes, construction matters, and creditor and bankruptcy matters.

Zaven also advises in the area of privacy and cybersecurity and is a member of Ballard Spahr’s privacy and cybersecurity practice group. He advises clients on matters, including data security policies and practices, security frameworks and compliance models, Utah’s Information Technology Act and Protection of Personal Information Act, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), FTC privacy rules and compliance, CFPB enforcement actions, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, HIPAA rules, COPPA, DPPA, FCRA, and cyber liability insurance. He is also a board member of the Cyberlaw Section of the Utah State Bar, and the Cybersecurity Leadership Council of the Utah Chamber of Commerce.

Zaven is a member of the Ballard Spahr Media and Entertainment Law Group. He has represented clients on First Amendment matters, as well as defamation defense, Communications Decency Act issues, anti-SLAPP motions, and copyright matters.

Pro Bono Experience

Participated in President Obama’s Clemency Initiative and obtained clemency for indigent and deserving inmate.

Represented online activist in a significant lawsuit against her for her online speech activities.

Regular legal consultant at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Legal Clinic.

Judicial Externships

Hon. David Nuffer, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 2012-2013

Hon. Stephen L. Roth, Utah Court of Appeals, 2012

Professional Activities

Treasurer of the Utah Minority Bar Association

Member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Minority Bar Foundation

Board member and Secretary of the Cyberlaw Section of the Utah State Bar

Member of the Cybersecurity Leadership Council of the Utah Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Board of Directors of The Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)

Ballard Spahr Diverse Associates Group


Co-author, "FTC Settles GLBA Enforcement Action Against TaxSlayer Stemming From 2015 Data Breach," Ballard Spahr, August 31, 2017

Co-author, "Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.," Ballard Spahr alert, January 23, 2017

Co-author, "To (Dis)Close for Comfort – FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures," Ballard Spahr alert, September 26, 2016

Co-author, "Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.," Ballard Spahr alert, January 23, 2016 

"The Fair Labor Standards Act: Beware The Vengeful (and Unpaid) Intern," 43 The Enterprise Journal 12, January 13, 2014

"Stay of Utah Marriage Decision Creates Uncertainty," The Salt Lake Tribune, January 11, 2014

"Ecological Rights Found v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.," 713 F3d 502, A.B.A. Sec. Env't, Energy & Resources, December 2013

"Will Government's New Crowdfunding Rules Help or Hurt Utah?" The Salt Lake Tribune, November 9, 2013

"The Dash Cam Phenomenon: Technology and the Rule of Law in Russia," 11 Int'l J. Civ. Soc'y L. 46, 2013

"A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration in the Post-Soviet States: Republic of Armenia," J. Eurasian L., Duke University, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Co-Speaker, "Social Media in the Workplace," Ballard Spahr's Seventh Annual SLC Fall Employment Law Seminar, November 1, 2017 

Co-Speaker, "Turn the Other Cheek: Avoiding Retaliation in the Employment and Whistleblower Context," Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, April 16, 2015

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D. 2013, with high honors)
Senior Articles and Executive Symposium Editor, Utah Environmental Law Review
Quinney Fellow - Quinney Student Research Fellowship
Lionel Frankel Public Interest Fellow
Semi-Finalist, Traynor Moot Court

University of Utah (B.Sc. 2009)


Fluent in Armenian

Proficient in Russian


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 

U.S. District Court for the District of Utah