Buchalter is pleased to announce that Joel G. Samuels has joined the firm as a Shareholder in the Insolvency and Financial Solutions Practice Group in Los Angeles.

With more than 30 years of experience in both in-court bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, Mr. Samuels brings a successful practice and exceptional reputation to Buchalter including the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and debtors.  Mr. Samuels has particular experience in real estate insolvencies and restructurings, and litigation of contested matters and adversary proceedings throughout the United States.  Mr. Samuels joins Buchalter from the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin, where he began his career and had been a partner since 1992.

“When we  look at the priorities of the firm for 2016 and beyond, Joel’s practice and expertise is exactly the type of talent we want to bring here,” said Adam Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buchalter . “I’m so pleased to welcome Joel and we are excited about the great work he will do for our clients in the insolvency and financial solutions space.”

Mr. Samuels is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading bankruptcy lawyer. He is included in The Legal 500 US 2015 for Finance/Corporate Restructuring, and is also named in the 2013–2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy Litigation.

“Buchalter has been a go-to firm for clients for generations and I’m absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to be joining an excellent group that provides clients with the full range of business services and an exceptional client experience,” added Samuels.  “As I have worked with a number of the Buchalter bankruptcy lawyers for years, I know the firm’s platform will enable me to serve clients in the financial services industry on a cost-effective basis, with the same attention to detail and responsive client service that has motivated me throughout my career.”

Mr. Samuels earned his J.D. Order of the Coif at Stanford Law School in 1984 and his A.B. at Princeton University in 1981. He was a law clerk for the Honorable James R. Browning, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1984-85.