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Adam J. Bass


Katharine Falace



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: 476

Areas of Practice



Katharine  Falace

Katharine Falace

James  Rose

James Rose

James B.  Wright

James B. Wright

Partner Emeritus

Of Counsel


Is Your Workplace Violence Prevention Plan In Place?

July 15, 2024 By:  Roger L. Scott In September of 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 553, which amended Labor Code section 6401.7 and created new section 6401.9 to require employers (with few exceptions) to develop and implement a detailed workplace violence prevention plan and to train their employees in addressing workplace violence. Employers were required to comply by July 1, 2024. Despite the new requirements being announced months ago and the subject of much public discussion, we know that many employers have not yet implemented a plan. Some may not have been exposed to the law’s requirements...

Federal Court Bars Colorado From Imposing Colorado Interest Rates on Loans Made by Out of State Banks

June 24, 2024 By: Michael C. Flynn A new Colorado law required all banks and credit unions chartered in any state to charge only Colorado’s maximum interest rate, not the interest rates allowed by the lender’s state. In an opinion published on June 18, the US District Court for the District of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction staying the application of the Colorado law as to out of state banks not located in Colorado, allowing those states banks to charge Colorado borrowers the interest rate allowed by the lender’s state...

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Buchalter Welcomes Land Use Shareholder in Los Angeles

17 July, 2024 – Buchalter is pleased to announce that Michael Shonafelt has joined the firm as a Shareholder in its Los Angeles office. Shonafelt will be joining the firm’s Real Estate practice group bringing extensive experience in real estate and land use matters. "We are delighted to have Michael join our team. His extensive experience in land use and zoning matters will be an asset to our prestigious Real Estate Practice and to our clients,” said Adam Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buchalter. Michael’s addition illustrates our commitment to expanding our real estate capabilities with top-tier talent...

Buchalter’s Mark Cramer Named “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers” by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Buchalter is pleased to announce that The Los Angeles Business Journal has selected Mark Cramer for "Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers". In this special section, the Los Angeles Business Journal has gathered some of the region's very best litigators and trial attorneys in the region. Mark Cramer advises clients ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies about how to manage actual and potential business disputes in the context of their overall business goals. He collaborates with clients, their executives, and in-house counsel to formulate and implement customized litigation strategies. Mr...

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