Mr. Tisdale is the founder and managing partner of the firm. In his law practice, he represents a broad array of financial institution, business and entertainment clients.

Mr. Tisdale began his legal career practicing law for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C., in the Office of General Counsel's Honors Program in Banking Law where, from 1977-79, he worked on both open and closed bank matters. From 1979-80, Mr. Tisdale practiced law for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., in the Office of General Counsel's Business Organizations and Structure Division. Since 1980, he has been in private practice in Los Angeles, first as an associate, then as a partner in large national law firms, before starting his own firm in 1990, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, securities and international work involving financial services, entertainment and various business companies and holding companies thereof; in the formation of such companies; and in advising such entities and individuals generally regarding legal and business matters.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from California Western Law School.  In law school, he was an Editor on the California Western International Law Journal, a member of the Advocacy Honors Board for Moot Court, a member of the Client Counseling Board and a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee.  Mr. Tisdale is a member of the State Bar of California and is listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in California Law.






     Tel:  (310) 286-1260

     Fax:  (310) 286-2351


     2029 Century Park East, Suite 900

     Los Angeles, CA 90067



     General Corporate

     Mergers & Acquisitions


     Financial Institutions Regulatory




     California Western Law School

     1977, J.D.


     University of California,

     Santa Barbara  1974, B.A.



     California Bar





Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Securities

Represent buyers or sellers in M&A deals. 

Form holding company for insured depositories or groups buying insured institutions.

Annual stockholder meeting documentation and issues for bank and corporate clients.

Regulatory Enforcement Defense

Represent numerous banks, officers and directors in administrative enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulators.  Recent focus has been BSA/AML.

Failed Bank Defense

Represented former directors and/or officers of failed banks against claims by various plaintiffs.


INDEPENDENT BANKER MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2013 - "BEST COMPLIANCE PRACTICES" - On-the-ground expert insight on common pitfalls and examination expectations.


INDEPENDENT BANKER MAGAZINE, APRIL 2013 - "ALL SYSTEMS GO" -  Four fundamental steps to ensure smoother product and service launches

LA Times, March 11, 2013 - "In Major Policy Shift, Scores of FDIC Settlements Go Unannounced"

Independent Banker Magazine, October 2012 - "Ahead of the Compliance Curve"

LA Times, March 18, 2011- "FDIC demands $900 million in lawsuit against former WaMu executives"

LA Times, November 11, 2010-  "Officials of Failed Banks in Cross Hairs"

LA Daily Journal, July 8, 2011- "FDIC Sues Ex-Indy Mac Chief"

LA Daily Journal, February 16, 2011- "FDIC to Shut Down West Coast Office"

LA Daily Journal, January 24, 2011- "FDIC Accuses More Former Bank Leaders of Negligence"

LA Daily Journal, December 22, 2010- "FDIC Plays Hardball With Failed banks, raising Concerns In Defense Bar"

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Mr. Tisdale frequently speaks regarding issues affecting officers and/or directors of financial institutions. All Rights Reserved