October 16, 2023 – Buchalter is pleased to announce the promotions of six attorneys to Shareholder.
“We are delighted to share the news of this well-deserved recognition for Matt, Bukola, Alison, Scott, Gordon, and Charles. Each one exemplifies the high standard of legal expertise we value at Buchalter,” said Adam Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer. “They have valuable and sophisticated practices that will continue to add value to both our clients and the firm.”
Matt Drenan is located in the firm’s San Diego office. He represents local, national, and international clients in employment and corporate matters, involving single plaintiff, complex, and class action defense. He advises, counsels, trains, and litigates for clients in areas including wage and hour compliance, class actions, Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) litigation, single plaintiff wage and hour disputes, pay equity, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, religious exemption, executive compensation, federal and state leave law, and other matters of legal compliance.
In the firm’s San Francisco office, Bukola Mabadeje has extensive experience representing lenders in the middle market segment in real property and personal property secured and unsecured transactions. She advises equity investors in utilizing a varying mix of investment structures to meet their needs. She also boasts an impressive track record and a substantial client portfolio in different types of financing for real estate transactions for purposes such as acquisition, development, and construction, whether in commercial real estate financing or community development financing.
Alison M. Pear in Portland specializes in corporate transactions, with a focus on corporate governance, securities, mergers and acquisitions. Her expertise extends to serving both micro and small-cap public and private companies. She spent several years as in-house counsel at a NYSE-listed publicly-traded natural gas utility where she gained valuable insight into internal corporate workings, as well risk-based and business-oriented decision-making. She prides herself on being able to calibrate to client needs, and being a lawyer that people want to work with.
Scott M. Salomon in Los Angeles specializes in real estate transactions, with an emphasis on tax credit finance and real estate secured transactions. As a member of the Community Development Finance group, Scott represents investors, lenders, developers, and borrowers in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of financing for projects qualifying for 4% and 9% affordable housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, solar tax credits, and new markets tax credits.
Gordon Stuart, focuses on trust & estate litigation and elder abuse, as well as real estate and general business litigation. He has extensive experience representing high-net-worth individuals in complex trust, estate, and conservatorship proceedings, as well as businesses, manufacturers, and municipal agencies in negligence, premises, and products liability matters. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
In the firm’s San Diego office, Charles Whitman specializes in representing employers and business in workplace law matters, business disputes, and government investigations. He represents employers in all aspects of state and federal employment litigation, including wage and hour class and representative actions, Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) litigation, single plaintiff wage and hour disputes, as well as federal and state discrimination, hostile work environment, bullying, sexual harassment wrongful termination, and retaliation cases.
“As Buchalter reaches its 90th year in business this year, we take great pride in our new Shareholders and their impressive career growth. We eagerly anticipate their continued contributions to the firm in the years ahead.” added Bass.
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