Central Valley Business Times


LA law firm expands to Sacramento 


February 22, 2017 8:24am


Los Angeles-based law firm Buchalter has expanded with the opening of a new office in Sacramento.

James Dyer has joined the firm as managing shareholder of the new office from Downey Brand LLP, where he was a partner.

Six other attorneys are in the office including Gwenn O’Hara and her team of Valerie Collanton, Meghan Cox, and Ann Springgate, from the California Power Law Group where Ms. O’Hara was the founding partner.

Buchalter also announced that both Anna Crivelli and Weston Rockers have joined the office as associates formerly with Downey Brand.

Dylan Wiseman, Buchalter’s recruiting chairman for Northern California, was instrumental in the opening of the firm’s Sacramento office. He will also serve as chairman of the Litigation Practice Group in Sacramento.

“The decision to open an office in Sacramento was an easy one as the city’s real estate, technology, government, financial services, environmental, and energy industries are all thriving. However, we insisted on waiting until we found the right fit culturally for Buchalter, and I am thrilled to welcome Jim, Gwenn and their teams to the firm,” says Adam Bass, president and chief executive officer of Buchalter. “We look forward to further increasing our presence in Sacramento and the Central Valley in the near future.”

Mr. Dyer’s role at Buchalter will focus on establishing the firm’s presence in the state capital, spearheading the new Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group.

He will also be a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

“Buchalter is very well-established in the California market, and I’m excited for the opportunity to deepen that footprint and lead the new team as we counsel Sacramento and other Central Valley businesses,” says Mr. Dyer.

Ms. O’Hara’s role at Buchalter will include chairing the new Energy & Natural Resources Group firm-wide.

The new office is located at 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1900.