May 12, 2021– Buchalter is pleased to announce new additions to its Board of Directors – Damaris Medina, a Los Angeles and Orange County-based Shareholder, who is also the first Hispanic female in this position, Kevin Lytle, Shareholder in the Phoenix/Scottsdale office, and Matthew Covington, Shareholder in the San Francisco office.
“As the Firm continues to experience tremendous growth, it is imperative that the unique and more diverse perspectives of all of our lawyers are reflected at our highest levels of management,” said Adam Bass, Buchalter President and Chief Executive Officer. “I look forward to Damaris, Kevin, and Matt’s involvement and am confident they will provide valuable contributions to ensure Buchalter’s continued success for years to come.”
Medina, recognized by numerous industry publications, including the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in Health Care, for her professional achievements, is also Chair of the Women at Buchalter Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning and Recruiting Committee. As Chair of the Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Group and member of the Litigation and Health Care Practice Groups, Medina represents hospital systems and a diverse array of other health care clients in high stakes litigation in federal and state court, as well as in arbitration. Medina has successfully litigated numerous large exposure reimbursement cases against major health plans and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of health care providers. She also advises hospital systems and other health care providers on managed care contracting, revenue cycle strategies, and risk and compliance issues. She joined Buchalter in 2017.
“I am thrilled to bring a diverse viewpoint to Buchalter’s Board of Directors,” said Medina. “I do not see many young, Hispanic females serving on the Board of Directors at other firms. My hope is that my position as Board member and in other leadership roles will show Hispanic women that advancement is possible and encourage them to seek leadership roles within their firms.”
Lytle serves as Co-Chair of the REIT Transactions and Compliance Industry Group and is a member of the Employee Benefits Committee. He represents clients in a broad range of real estate transactions involving sales and acquisitions, leases, sale-leasebacks, construction and permanent loans, acquisition loans, refinancings, loan and lease modifications and inter-creditor agreements. Representing public and private real estate investment trusts, family offices, private equity, and other commercial entities, Lytle also has experience in business entity creation, including bankruptcy-remote structuring and commercial landlord-tenant law. Typical matters handled by Lytle relate to commercial properties, shopping centers, gas station/convenience stores, office buildings, industrial properties, and auto dealerships. He joined the Firm in 2018.
“I am honored to have been chosen to join Buchalter’s Board of Directors,” said Lytle. “With previous experience in both Big Law and boutique law firms, I have a distinct and valuable perspective. I look forward to contributing to the Firm’s strategic growth and participating in Buchalter’s continued success.”
Covington, also recently appointed Managing Office Shareholder in San Francisco, focuses his practice on franchise, real estate, environmental, and commercial disputes. Among other clients, he routinely represents energy and petroleum companies. Covington’s technical background is particularly useful in technically complex cases. He has represented clients in complex matters involving refinery operations, cogeneration plants, and geotechnical investigations. Covington joined Buchalter in 2017.
“I am very pleased to have been elected to the Firm’s Board of Directors,” said Covington. “We have significant vision for the San Francisco office and the Firm as a whole. I’m looking forward to contributing my expertise to the Board, and working with my talented colleagues to bring our plans to fruition.”