SOURCE: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

May 10, 2011 13:00 ET

Allen Matkins Expands Financial Transactions Practice With Addition of Pauline Stevens

Attorney Represents Financial Institutions and Other Clients in Commercial Financial Transactions

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a leading California business and real estate law firm, announces the expansion of its financial transactions practice with the addition of Pauline Stevens, as partner, in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Stevens represents financial institutions and other parties to financial transactions throughout the credit cycle and will further bolster the Allen Matkins financial transactions practice. She prides herself on providing legal advice that is both practical from a business perspective and informed by the regulatory, operational, and administrative needs of financial institutions.

"With Pauline's arrival, our corporate transactional practice takes another step forward. Her strength is helping creditors successfully navigate the deep and difficult process of commercial financing transactions," said Joe Davidson, chair of Allen Matkins' corporate practice group. "The firm's clients will benefit from her expertise and breadth of industry experience in a broad range of financial transactions."

"Allen Matkins has a well-established practice in the area of commercial and industrial, as well as real estate financing, with many lawyers already practicing in the area," said Stevens. "I look forward to helping to build out that platform while providing clients with access to the firm's existing areas of unique expertise."

Stevens regularly represents clients in connection with syndicated and bilateral secured and unsecured credit facilities as well as other financial products, including foreign exchange, swaps, cash management and trade finance products for companies engaged in businesses ranging from homebuilding to agricultural operations, entertainment, health care, and technology.

Stevens is a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Chair of the American Bar Association Secured Transactions Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Commercial Law Committee. In the past, she has served as Vice Chair of the California State Bar Business Law Section Executive Committee, Chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Section of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association, and member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Lawyers Conference. She is a member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and National Bond Lawyers Association.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Stevens was a partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP. Stevens received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her A.B. from Vassar College.

Stevens' addition follows other high-profile additions to Allen Matkins' corporate group, which most recently included the addition of Ethna Piazza, a partner in the firm's Del Mar Heights office. For more than 25 years Piazza has advised entrepreneurs, investors, family-owned businesses and companies ranging from start-ups, to mid-market (both public and private), to multi-national corporations in a significant number of mergers and acquisitions, business and international contracts, and technology and intellectual property matters.

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 and commercial 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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