United States: Buchalter Nemer Expands In California And Arizona
Last Updated: October 14 2011

Oct. 4, 2011. Buchalter Nemer is growing across two major practice areas firmwide: Bank and Finance and Health Care.

The Firm added two Shareholders, one Of Counsel and one Associate to its Bank and Finance Practice Group, one of the firm's core competencies. Anthony Callobre and John Connolly joined the Firm from Bingham McCutchen, bringing with them Associate Shadi Enos. Connolly is based in San Francisco, while Callobre splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Alexander Zolfaghari, who is Of Counsel to the Firm, has joined the Firm's Scottsdale office. Immediately prior to relocating to Arizona, Zolfaghari was a Partner at Blank Rome in New York and Philadelphia.

"Buchalter Nemer has long served the banking community by providing sophisticated and efficient legal services at competitive rates," said Farhad Bahar, Chair of the Firm's Bank and Finance Practice Group. "This combination has allowed us to attract the talent of outstanding attorneys in the field, such as Tony Callobre, John Connolly and Alex Zolfaghari. Callobre, Connolly and Zolfaghari add depth and support to the Firm's market-leading asset-based finance and factoring practices, and bring additional expertise to the Firm in the areas of national syndicated credits, entertainment finance, technology lending and letters of credit."

Buchalter Nemer's Bank and Finance Practice represents regional, national and international banks, commercial finance companies, asset-based lenders, specialty lenders, mortgage companies, factors and equipment lessors in secured and unsecured financing transactions. Among the industries represented are agriculture, aircraft, cable industries, film financing, gaming, health care, intellectual property, satellite, technology, telecommunications, medical equipment and wineries.

The Firm also added two Shareholders in Health Care: Julie Simer in Orange County and Mitchell Olejko, in San Francisco. Their addition to the Firm's Health Care Practice Group enhances its existing broad capabilities in providing business-oriented counsel to its health care clients, which include providers of all types from for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and health systems to medical groups and ambulatory surgery centers. The firm provides the full range of regulatory and operations advice required by its provider clients, as well as assistance with equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, payment disputes, medical foundations, and ACOs and other joint ventures. Beyond California, both Olejko and Simer represent clients across the North- and Southwest in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State.

"Buchalter Nemer has had a solid health care practice for several years that has integrated seamlessly with the Firm's corporate, litigation and insolvency practices. We have found that health care clients rarely need an international or mega-firm for their legal work, and do not want to pay the costs associated with one," said Carol Lucas, Chair of the Firm's Health Care Practice Group. "Buchalter Nemer attorneys are well-trained and experienced counsel providing legal services at rates that health care clients think are fair. That approach has been working for us, and we are delighted that Julie Simer and Mitch Olejko have joined us. They both bring strong practices that mesh well with our existing health care practice."

Buchalter Nemer's Health Care Practice provides timely, expert and businessoriented counsel to clients in every aspect of the health care industry, including health systems, hospitals, independent practice associations, medical groups, physicians, provider trade organizations, health care lenders, and drug and device companies.

Contact: Judith Gordon, 213.891.5082, jgordon@buchalter.com

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