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18400 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 800 | Irvine | California | 92612 | USA

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Adam J.  Bass

Adam J. BassShareholder

Buchalter's Overview

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: 336

Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Government, Regulatory & Administrative
  • Health Care
  • Insolvency & Financial Law Group
  • Intellectual Property
  • Japan Practice
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning


Paul L. Bressan

Paul L. BressanPartner Emeritus


Of Counsel

Jason Brooks

Jason BrooksSpecial Counsel

Robert M. Dato

Robert M. DatoOf Counsel

Anne Marie Ellis

Anne Marie EllisSenior Counsel

Marc W.  Hardy

Marc W. HardyOf Counsel

Thomas Rickeman

Thomas RickemanSpecial Counsel

Roger Scott

Roger ScottSenior Counsel

Erikson C. Squier

Erikson C. SquierSenior Counsel

Brandon Q. Tran

Brandon Q. TranSenior Counsel



Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Guidance in Implementing San Francisco Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Screening Forms
Buchalter, September 2020

San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (“SFDPH”) issued yet-another update to its Shelter-in-Place Order, C19-07, on September 14, 2020 (now up to version “i”). This order has been frequently modified to reflect changes in other state and local directives, as more is learned about the disease and as more businesses are allowed to re-open. In addition to C19-07, SFDPH has issued directives applicable to specific business sectors and a number of state and federal agencies have issued orders and guidance related to COVID-19...

Ninth Circuit Sharply Curtails Excess Insurers’ Ability to Challenge Propriety of Primary’s Exhaustion in AXIS Reinsurance Co. v. Northrop Grumman Corp.
Buchalter, September 2020

When a company is faced with defending itself against a large claim, it often requires the availability of insurance proceeds from not just the company’s primary insurer, but also from its excess insurance layers.  In this scenario, however, excess insurers sometimes will refuse to step in after exhaustion of the underlying insurance layers, arguing that the exhaustion of those underlying layers was wrongful due to payments for uncovered claims.  The excess insurer’s argument that its policy has not been triggered threatens to leave the insured exposed for such amounts...

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Buchalter Expands Its Tax and Estate Planning Practices with the Addition of Two New Shareholders in Los Angeles and San Diego
Buchalter, September 2020

Buchalter is pleased to announce the welcome additions of Joseph K. Fletcher III and Laura Lamb Nichols to its Tax & Estate Planning and Corporate Law Practice Groups. Based in Buchalter’s Los Angeles office, Fletcher has over 25 years of tax law experience. His international practice includes matters involving the taxation of mergers and acquisitions, resolution of tax controversies, and international taxation. He is also a member of the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group. “I am so pleased to welcome Joe to the Firm,” said Adam Bass, Buchalter President and Chief Executive Officer...

Buchalter Represents Burgess Cellars in Its Sale to Lawrence Family Vineyard
Buchalter, September 2020

Buchalter represented Burgess Cellars, a revered 27-acre vineyard planted with vines in the 1880s, in its sale to Lawrence Family Vineyards. Burgess Cellars was originally purchased by Tom Burgess and Linda Burgess in 1972, one of the first of two dozen wineries in the Napa Valley. For the last twenty years, Burgess Cellars was helmed by the second generation of the family as Steven and Jim Burgess continued their father's tradition of producing age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon. The Buchalter team was led by James Rose and Trina Falace. Shareholders Peter Hogan and Joshua Mizrahi, Senior Counsel Jessie Reider, and Of Counsel Peter McGaw also leant their expertise to this transaction...

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