Cheryl M. Lott

Cheryl M. Lott

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Expertise

  • Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
  • Products Liability Law
  • Class Actions
  • Labor & Employment

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Buchalter
California, U.S.A.

Profile

Cheryl M. Lott represents corporate clients, banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court. Her practice focuses on general business and commercial litigation, lender liability litigation, as well as labor and employment litigation, construction defect litigation, and class action defense. She has significant experience in preparing all aspects of a case for trial or arbitration. Ms. Lott co-chairs the Los Angeles office’s litigation department.

Representative litigation matters that Ms. Lott has handled include defending financial institutions against claims asserting aiding and abetting Ponzi schemes or fraud, prosecution of civil bank fraud claims, defending clients in alleged employment discrimination and misclassification related matters, prosecuting trade secret matters on behalf of financial institutions, and prosecuting guarantor collection actions.

Ms. Lott also has extensive experience working on local, state, and federal regulatory matters and government procurement matters. In the regulatory realm, she has significant experience assisting financial institution clients with Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering procedures. Ms. Lott also assists clients in preparing for regulatory examinations, complying with consent decrees, and preparing training modules for CDD and EDD.

In the government procurement realm, Ms. Lott represents contractors and companies in the bid and RFP process and in protest proceedings once contracts are awarded.  Ms. Lott has successfully challenged a public entity’s multi-million dollar contract award, has advocated for clients before sub-committees of the Los Angeles City Council in relation to contract awards, and has advised clients on the legal requirements as they relate to establishing various qualified businesses as defined by the California Government Code.

Ms. Lott is serving her term as a UC Alumni Regent (designate) from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.   She will serve as a voting UC Alumni Regent from July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022.  Ms. Lott is the immediate past President of the UCLA Alumni Association, and current standing guest as the Alumni Regent from UCLA. She is also a member of the UCLA Foundation Board, and a member of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board. Ms. Lott is a founding member of the UCLA Law Women LEAD Board, and in 2019, Ms. Lott was recognized as an Emerging Leader at the UCLA Law Awards.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Practice

Class Actions | Cybersecurity Law | Government, Regulatory & Administrative Law | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Products Liability Law | Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility | White Collar & Investigations

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Aided Financial Institution client in remediating BSA/AML procedures, policies, and practices, close corrective action plans established by a consent order, and created training modules for CDD and EDD
  • Successfully tried a matter involving a multi-million dollar guaranty action
  • Prosecuted a civil multi-million dollar bank fraud matter and obtained judgment and an attorneys’ fees award, and successfully defended the $20 million judgment on appeal
  • Successfully defended lender in federal multi-district litigation involving over 250 separate cases
  • Successfully defended lender in state court litigation involving repurchase obligation of over 300 securitized loans
  • Successfully defend firm clients in discrimination matters
  • Successfully defend firm clients in wage and hour class action matters
  • Obtained favorable settlement in class action matter involving claims against the firm’s client related to alleged misclassification
  • Reached a favorable settlement in an EEOC alleged harassment matter
  • Successfully defended materials suppliers in construction defect litigation
  • Successfully defended a materials supplier in toxic tort/asbestos matters

Articles

Treasury’s New Bank Secrecy Act Whistleblower Program
Buchalter, January 2021

In perhaps the last major legislative action under this presidential administration, on New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—what could be the most significant anti-money laundering (AML) statute since the Patriot Act of 2001, as part of the annual National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA)...

Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
Buchalter, January 2021

On New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—a defense appropriations law containing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AML Act”) and the Corporate Transparency Act, as part of a sweeping new set of anti-money laundering reforms that create important new beneficial ownership disclosure obligations for a wide range of small companies, and contain both good and bad news for financial institutions...

Additional Articles

  • Treasury’s New Bank Secrecy Act Whistleblower Program
  • New Whistleblower Program May Lead to Surge in Bank Secrecy Act Enforcement
  • US Congress makes sweeping changes to AML enforcement
  • Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
  • The Bank Secrecy Act: What’s So Secret?
  • The Tension Between Privacy and ‘Know Your Customer’
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act: Are You in Compliance?