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Buchalter is a full-service business law firm that has been teaming with clients for eight decades, providing legal counsel at all stages of their growth and evolution, and helping them meet the many legal challenges and decisions they face. Our clients are engaged in a diverse global economy governed by complex laws and regulations, and they trust us as advisers and business partners because we are involved in their world. They rely on our forward-thinking to help them resolve problems before they arise.

At Buchalter, we practice in that spirit.

Our founding principle-providing our clients with the best business solutions-continues to lead us. We value each client relationship, recognizing that their success is our success. Our overarching goal-getting the best results for the client in a timely manner with sensitivity to cost-has engendered client loyalty, and the firm has grown from that loyalty.

Our lawyers are accessible, resourceful, skillful and adept at responding to change. Our technological capabilities keep case law and rule changes at our fingertips and client communications current, enabling us to create efficient, superior outcomes.

We strongly believe that technology is a tool that furthers the practice of law and have used that belief to develop a cutting edge platform for our firm. We use a meshed (NVPN) network to facilitate work among offices, Cisco VoIP telephony and Video-over-IP conferencing. Sharing documents is seamless through FileSite, which is also utilized to create our Client Extranets. To support our litigation matters, we use Concordance and Opticon, as well as LiveNote and Sanction. Unlike many firms, we have the capacity to process e-Discovery in-house, reducing client costs.

Buchalter lawyers are also active members of the communities in which they live and work. Leadership is a value the founding partners practiced and passed on to the current generation of attorneys. Our lawyers sit on the boards of prominent organizations, teach and lecture frequently. We actively participate in many associations and groups including the Public Law Center, San Francisco Legal Aid Society, Practicing Law Institute, California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the LACBA Domestic Violence Project, the Sojourner Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Phoenix and many others.

Buchalter is consistently ranked among the leading law firms by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers, The Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal. It is also ranked among the leading firms nationally by American Legal Media and the National Law Journal.

Buchalter's commitment to reflecting and enhancing the rich diversity of the clients and communities in which we practice is more than eight decades strong. The firm's diversity of attorneys and staff provides clients with a greater array of creative talent and alternative thinking, benefiting all.

Lawyers Worldwide: 300

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Peter G.  Bertrand

Peter G. Bertrand

Faith K.  Bruins

Faith K. Bruins

Jason  Croft

Jason Croft

Kirsten J.  Day

Kirsten J. Day

Denise H.  Field

Denise H. Field

Manuel  Fishman

Manuel Fishman

Alicia  Guerra

Alicia Guerra

Benjamin M.  Heuer

Benjamin M. Heuer

Jeffrey  Judd

Jeffrey Judd

Jenni  Krengel

Jenni Krengel

Sharon  Morrissey

Sharon Morrissey

Gwenneth  O'Hara

Gwenneth O'Hara

Mitchell J.   Olejko

Mitchell J. Olejko

Partner Emeritus
Jay L.  Paxton

Jay L. Paxton

Josiah R.  Reid

Josiah R. Reid

Nora  Sheriff

Nora Sheriff

Thomas M.  Sherwood

Thomas M. Sherwood

Douglas C.  Straus

Douglas C. Straus

Dylan W.  Wiseman

Dylan W. Wiseman

James B.  Wright

James B. Wright

Partner Emeritus
Glenn P.  Zwang

Glenn P. Zwang


Of Counsel

Jean L.  Bertrand

Jean L. Bertrand

Of Counsel
Brandon  Carr

Brandon Carr

Senior Counsel
John  Epperson

John Epperson

Of Counsel
Bukola   Mabadeje

Bukola Mabadeje

Senior Counsel
Randall L.  Manvitz

Randall L. Manvitz

Senior Counsel
Peter W.  McGaw

Peter W. McGaw

Of Counsel
Tiffany F.  Ng

Tiffany F. Ng

Senior Counsel
Melissa  Richards

Melissa Richards

Of Counsel
Steven H.  Winick

Steven H. Winick

Special Counsel


CFPB Proposed Regulatory Activity Agenda Released, Focuses on Limitations on Bank and Credit Card Fees, Small Business Lending Data Collection, Fair Credit Reporting Act Requirements, and Other Areas

January 10, 2023 By: Michael Flynn The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget has released the Fall 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) reports on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Included is the CFPB’s regulatory agenda for 2023. The CFPB agenda may be found HERE. Below are the activity summaries provided by the CFPB, organized under Final Rule Stage Activities, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Proposed activities, and Pre-Rule Activities...

CFPB Proposes That Non-Bank Consumer Finance Companies Must (1) Register all Federal, State and Local Regulator Enforcement Orders and Court Judgments; and (2) Have an Annual Attestation from an Executive that Each Order and Judgment Has Not Been Violated

January 5, 2023 By: Michael Flynn Registration of Regulator Orders and Court Judgments On December 12, 2022, the CFPB issued a proposed rule regarding non-bank consumer finance firms registration of all settlements and enforcement orders. The proposed rule would require covered non-bank consumer finance firms to register with the CFPB all consent orders, judgments and other enforcement actions from any regulator, federal, state or local, with the registry to be made available to regulators and the public. The proposed rule may be found here. The CFPB has indicated that the registry and the filing requirements would not be implemented until at least January 2024...

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Shareholders Mercedes O. Martin and Philip Nulud Selected as 2023 Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Buchalter is pleased to announce that Shareholders Mercedes O. Martin and Philip Nulud were both recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as 2023 Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys. In this issue, The Los Angeles Business Journal has profiled those standout minority attorneys considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the LA region. Mercedes O. Martin specializes in real estate transactions, with an emphasis on real estate secured transactions, tax credit finance and equity investments. She Co-Chairs the firm Community Development Finance group...

Mark T. Cramer Quoted in Business Law Today

Time for Associates to Step It Up: 6 Things Law Firm Associates Can Do Today to Secure Their Jobs in a Recession January 20, 2023 By: Lana J. Manganiello "To be an appreciated team member, learn partners’ styles and preferences. When it comes to communication, ask at the onset how they prefer to be communicated with: Do they want you to just call when you have a question, send a text, ask via email, schedule time to discuss? Do they have a writing style you can learn from their redlined drafts? Do they prefer single spaces after sentences, or do they avoid using adjectives or adverbs? “The associates that I enjoy working with the most write intentionally ‘for me,’” said Mark T...

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