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Thursday, October 6, 2011


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Bingham McCutchen Banking Lawyer Moves to Buchalter Nemer


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Buchalter Nemer yesterday announced the addition of a new firm shareholder to its Los Angeles office, one of five attorneys joining the firm.

Anthony Callobre made the move from Bingham McCutchen and is expected to divide his time between Buchalter Nemer’s Los Angeles and San Francisco locations as part of the firm’s Bank and Finance Practice Group.

The group’s chairman, Farhad Bahar, said “Buchalter Nemer has long served the banking community by providing sophisticated and efficient legal services at competitive rates” which “has allowed us to attract the talent of outstanding attorneys in the field such as Tony Callobre, John Connolly and Alex Zolfaghari.”

Connolly, also formerly of Bingham McCutchen, has joined the firm as a shareholder based in San Francisco, while Zolfaghari joined the Scottsdale, Ariz. office as of counsel from Blank Rome, where he was a partner in its New York and Philadelphia offices.

Bahar remarked that the trio “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.”

Collobre graduated from Brown University in 1982 before attending the Boston University School for law school. He received his law degree and joined the California State Bar in 1986.

Buchalter Nemer also added two shareholders to its Health Care Practice Group, Julie Simer in Orange County and Mitchell Olejko in San Francisco.

In other news, land use firm Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac yesterday announced that Latham & Watkins LLP partner David A. Goldberg has joined its office  in West Los Angeles.

Goldberg said yesterday that “Armbruster, Goldsmith & Delvac is in the vanguard of smaller firms created by successful attorneys leaving large firms to have a greater hand in controlling their destiny.”

He said the firm “has gone from strength to strength and today, despite economic conditions, it is busier than ever,” and that he is “excited to have joined a firm that provides such a great platform for serving clients efficiently and creatively and delivering the highest quality services at the most competitive rates to projects of all sizes and level of complexity.”

Dale Goldsmith, the firm’s managing partner, praised the new attorney as “an ideal addition to our firm” due to his “reputation for excellence in every aspect of land use law, his dedication to achieving clients’ goals, and his substantial experience in obtaining complex development approvals.”

Goldberg has worked on several high-profile land use projects including AEG’s LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Master Plan, the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus Master Plan, The Village at Westfield Topanga and a solar plant for 8minutenergy, according to a firm release.

He graduated summa com laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science and economics, and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School before being licensed to practice in California twelve years ago.


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