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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

Areas of Practice



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

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

Valerie  Bantner Peo

Valerie Bantner Peo

Senior 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
Melissa  Richards

Melissa Richards

Of Counsel
Steven H.  Winick

Steven H. Winick

Special Counsel


Get Ready for the Amended California Consumer Privacy Act

August 1, 2022 By: Steven Nakasone On July 8, 2022, the California Privacy Protection Agency commenced the formal rulemaking process to adopt regulations to clarify and implement the amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The amendments will go into effect on January 1, 2023. The amendments will expand the rights of consumers and will increase the corresponding compliance obligations on businesses. Key changes to the CCPA include: Employees and individuals acting as representatives of businesses will be covered...

California’s New Plastics Recycling Laws – A Lot to Sort Through

July 21, 2022 By: John Epperson and Peter McGaw California has a long history of enacting laws regulating plastic packaging, dating back to the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container law in 1991, a law many manufacturers only learn about when they receive a notice from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecycle”). In the past year, there have been notable additions that manufacturers, importers, distributors, or retailers whose products are sold in California need to know. These are not limited to plastic used in packaging but that is a major focus...

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Matthew Seror and Michael Worth Quoted in The Fashion Law

As Makeup Co., Molly Sims Settle Lawsuit, Uncertainty Over Influencer Liability Remains The Fashion Law Aug. 2, 2022 "As for what made the lawsuit an especially notable one (compared to routine trademark cases), it is largely that, in addition to suing the manufacturer of the competing product, Petunia also asserted claims against an influencer, Sims. 'This is noteworthy,' Buchalter attorneys Matthew Seror and Michael Worth stated in connection with the court’s order last year, 'as brands have historically launched legal battles against each other for claims of infringement – not the celebrities or social media influencers who sponsor the products...

Buchalter Attorneys Named 2022 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine

Buchalter is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys from the firm's Sacramento office have been named 2022 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine. These attorneys have gained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement in their respective fields of law. Buchalter’s 2022 Top Lawyers include: James Andrew Caprile - Health Care Phillip Chan - Labor & Employment Steven G. Churchwell - Government Contracts, Legislative & Governmental Affairs Kevin T. Collins - Business Litigation Anna Crivelli - Business/Corporate James K. Dyer - Banking & Financial Service, Business/Corporate Benjamin M...

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