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Michael L. Wachtell, Esq.

An experienced arbitrator and mediator of complex cases, Michael Wachtell specializes in the resolution of commercial disputes including but not limited to litigation, intellectual property, real estate and receiverships. Mr. Wachtell has an extensive background in creditor and debtor issues,banking, film finance, real estate acquisitions and finance, hospitality law, real and personal property leasing, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities, labor, insurance, intellectual property including proprietary rights, patent, trademark and copyright law, and trade regulation. Mr. Wachtell has served as a Provisional Director, Mediator, Arbitrator and Receiver as well as representing others serving in such roles.



Complex disputes including business/commercial, family law, labor, real estate, entertainment, and intellectual property issues as well as serving as or representing court appointed neutrals in such disputes.


A Shareholder in the firm of Buchalter Nemer, Mr. Wachtell has served on the firm's Board of Directors and Chair of various practice groups. He focuses on complex commercial transactions and disputes, including but not limited to real estate, corporate, film production and finance, patent, trademark, copyright and related intellectual property, labor, real estate, securities, environmental law and receiverships. He has been lead counsel in film finance disputes involving amounts in dispute well over $100M and for a State Court appointed Receiver in a massive fraud action involving affordable housing projects throughout California; counsel to a Receiver controlling extensive assets of an individual accused of fraud by the State of California; counsel to a Provisional Director overseeing family owned businesses; and a Federal Court appointed Receiver in a major mortgage fraud case.

Because of his engineering background and extensive legal experience for over four decades, Mr. Wachtell has mediated complex intellectual property cases (including patent, trademark and copyright infringement disputes), as well as complex real estate, loan workout and related disputes, management disputes, securities enforcement issues, trade regulation, labor and unfair competition disputes. He is General Counsel to an independent hotel company with more than 14 properties throughout the Eastern U.S. He holds an active California Real Estate Broker's license. He serves as a Director of the Los Angeles/Orange County California Receivers Forum, and recently served on the Board of the statewide parent organization. He has lectured extensively on receivership law and related issues and previously lectured at a local law school in the area of secured transactions.



Current member: Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Patent Law Association, California Receiver's Forum, L.A. County Bar (Board member, Sr. Lawyer's Division), Stephen S. Wise Temple- Board Member and Committee Chair.

Admitted to the State Bars of California, Nevada, Virginia and District of Columbia. Mr. Wachtell is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he worked as a patent examiner while in law school. He also holds a California Broker's License and has an extensive background in real property acquisitions, development and financing.

Mr. Wachtell lectures extensively in his areas of specialization.


J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC (1968) With Honors, Law Review, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, City University of New York, NY (1964) Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity

Mr. Wachtell is based in Southern California, actively practices throughout California and Nevada and is available nationally and internationally.

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