SOURCE: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

March 17, 2011 11:30 ET

Allen Matkins Elects David Osias as New Managing Partner

Bankruptcy and Water Rights Attorney Succeeds Brian Leck as Leader

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a leading California real estate and business law firm, is pleased to announce that David Osias has been elected as the firm's new Managing Partner, effective July 1, 2011. Osias will succeed Brian Leck, who has served as Managing Partner since the firm's founding in 1977.

Osias joined the San Diego office of Allen Matkins on July 1, 1991, and has been actively involved in firm management during his 20-year tenure. He is the chair of both the Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights and the Water Resources Practice Groups, a long time member of the Management Committee, a frequent member of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the firm's Strategic Planning Committee.

"David is one of our most capable and admired lawyers, and we are all very pleased that he will add leadership of the firm as Managing Partner to his existing client supervision responsibilities. David's ability to rise to the top ranks of two disparate and complex practice areas reflect his unique business savvy and strategic approach to problem solving," said Leck. "We have benefitted from David's involvement in management and believe that his new role and increased responsibility will further the firm's success in providing clients practical advice, innovative solutions, and valuable business opportunities."

"Brian has done a remarkable job managing the firm during its first 34 years. His talent was never more evident than during the last few years when he successfully positioned the firm to grow its market share in litigation, labor and employment, environmental, finance and restructuring practices during the economic downturn. Now, with the improving economy and a rebound in the firm's traditional strength in real estate, the opportunities for success for our firm and, more importantly, for our clients, have never been greater. I look forward to helping our clients solve problems and build their businesses through the outstanding relationships and services we provide," said Osias.

Osias is a widely recognized authority on creditor and debtor rights in out-of-court workouts and restructurings, federal and state-court receiverships, and bankruptcy proceedings. His bankruptcy practice includes representation of debtors, creditors, trustees, examiners, and official committees. Osias has served as a court-appointed examiner and expert witness in a variety of cases. He also represents federal equity receivers in cases filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission throughout California, Washington and Oregon involving billions of dollars in investor losses. Osias is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a past President of the California Bankruptcy Forum, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association, and the mediation panel of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.

Osias is also an acknowledged expert in water rights and water resource issues. He has represented clients before state and federal courts, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and numerous other public agencies. He is a co-author of a 2008 law review article on certain water right aspects of the Colorado River, a member of the editorial board and frequent contributor to the California Water Law & Policy Reporter, and a past adjunct professor of water law at the University of San Diego Law School.

Osias is an avid baseball fan, the commissioner of a fantasy baseball league, and an aspiring fly fisherman. He is a 1976 graduate, with honors and a bachelor of science degree, from the University of California, Davis, and a 1979 graduate, with a juris doctorate degree, from the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

ABOUT ALLEN MATKINS
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 220 attorneys in seven offices in four major metropolitan areas of California: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and San Diego. The firm's core specialties include real estate, real estate finance, construction, land use, natural resources, environmental, corporate and securities, intellectual property, joint ventures, taxation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, employment and labor law, and dispute resolution and litigation in all these matters. For more than 30 years, Allen Matkins has helped clients turn opportunity and challenge into success by providing practical advice, innovative solutions and valuable business opportunities.

Allen Matkins is located on the Web at www.allenmatkins.com.

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