In 1933, Irwin R. Buchalter started practicing law in Los Angeles. In 1948, he joined California attorneys Jerry Nemer and Murray Fields and founded a firm to serve the area’s growing, post-war commercial community. As a young and thriving California practice, Buchalter began by assisting clients in business and finance, and representing them in litigation and insolvency.

As the business community grew, the firm grew along with it, diversifying and expanding to meet new and growing demands. We met the challenges of client growth by expanding the firm’s size and capabilities. We merged with a leading business firm – Gitelson, Cooper, Coyle & Savitch – in 1957, and added intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate and tax to better address the growing complexities of doing business in a growing global business community. Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger was established in 1979 when former Los Angeles District attorney and Attorney General of California Evelle Younger joined the practice.

In 2005, the firm expanded and deepened its strong regional presence with the acquisition of Arizona-based Anderson Brody Levinson & Weiser, bolstering the firm’s existing strengths in the financial services and real estate sectors. In January 2010, nine attorneys from San Francisco land use and real estate boutique, Ellman Burke Hoffman and Johnson, joined the firm in San Francisco. In 2015, the firm expanded into the Napa Valley, opening an office in St. Helena.

Today, from our offices in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington, Buchalter lawyers provide full-service representation to financial institutions, corporations and business entities regionally, nationally and internationally.

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