Michael E. Adler

Michael E. Adler

Of Counsel
Torrance, California

Michael E. Adler has practiced law with the firm since his admission to the bar in 2005, working from our Calabasas and Torrance offices. Mr. Adler brings a wealth of business expertise in addition to his accomplished legal and educational background. His business career includes thirty-six years of experience as the senior executive of both private and public companies. Mr. Adler had primary responsibility for oversight of those companies' business and legal needs, including negotiation and documentation of numerous business acquisitions and real estate transactions.

Mr. Adler's law practice encompasses a wide range of transactional matters, including the formation, acquisition and sale of business and real estate entities and the counseling of business and real estate clients in all facets of their ongoing legal and business affairs. His extensive business, legal and real estate background enables him to understand and resolve his clients' transactional and litigation needs efficiently and economically.

Mr. Adler was admitted to practice in California in 2005. He obtained his California real estate brokers license in 2007, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Mr. Adler was formerly the President of Informa Research Services, Inc., the premier provider of competitive intelligence and market research services to over 3,000 clients worldwide.

Mr. Adler is involved with numerous non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Southern California, as well as Board of Directors for The USC Associates.

Selected Significant Matters

Transactional Matters

• Representation of both buyers and sellers in small to medium size merger, sale, acquisition, dissolution and financing transactions, including pawn shops, printing businesses, recuperative care centers, special needs schools, non-profit organizations, and assorted service-related businesses

• Formation and maintenance of multiple types of entities, including limited partnerships, LLCs, corporations, and joint ventures, and ongoing representation concerning corporate governance and other legal issues facing businesses

• Representation of businesses and individuals in a wide array of transactions and business matters, including labor and employment, real estate transactions, distribution both domestically and internationally, development, and compliance issues

• Compliance testing for regional and mega banks on fair lending and UDAP through the use of matched pairs t- tests to analyze disparate treatment on protected classes

Litigation Matters

• Represented publicly traded company as creditor in fraudulent bankruptcy filing, obtaining both favorable recovery and imposition of sanctions against debtor and debtor's attorney

• Represented plaintiffs in specific performance action, obtaining judgment on all claims and recovery of all plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs

• Successful prosecution of personal injury action, including identification of additional insurance coverage, resulting in six figure recovery

• Successful representation of assorted businesses and individuals in breach of contract, fraud, and unfair business practices claims

• Successful representation of businesses and individuals in insurance coverage disputes, including matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, theft, and property damage claims

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Real Estate Transactional Matters
  • Business Structuring and Reorganization
  • Business Litigation
  • Financial Institutions Compliance Issues
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Southern California
    • M.B.A. - 1992
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1986
  • Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware
    • Diploma - 1998
    • Honors: With Distinction

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Member
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Realtors, Member
  • Young Presidents Organization, Beverly Hills, Member
  • YPO Gold, Pacific US At Large, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Informa Research Services, Inc., President and Managing Director
  • BISYS Research Services, Inc., President
  • Meyer Survey, Cheif Operating Officer
  • McDonald’s Corporation, Manager

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of Southern California Board of Trustees, May 2016 – May 2021
  • University of Southern California Associates Board of Directors, July 2014 – June 2020
  • University of Southern California Alumni Association Board of Governors, 1992 to 1993; 2007 to 2016