Jeffrey A. Tisdale

  • ROLE

    Managing Partner

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    General Corporate

    Mergers & Acquisitions


    Financial Institutions Regulatory



    California Western Law School, J.D.

    University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.


    California Bar

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, for two years, he worked on both open and closed bank matters. Then, for one year, he was an attorney for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., in the Office of General Counsel Business Organizations and Structure Division. Subsequently, Mr. Tisdale 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, 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 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his Juris Doctor degree 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.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Securities
    • Represent buyers or sellers in M&A deals.
    • Form holding companies for insured depositories or corporations buying insured institutions.
    • Annual stockholder meeting documentation and related issues for bank and corporate clients.
  • Regulatory Enforcement Defense
    • Represent 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.


Mr. Tisdale frequently speaks regarding issues of concern or interest to officers and/or directors of financial institutions at bankers’ meetings as well as for other organizations.


Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers 2020

2021 Top 100 Lawyers, Attorneys of the Year

Marquis Who’s Who in America 2022

2022 Top 100 Lawyers, Attorneys of the Year

2023 Top 100 Lawyers, Attorneys of the Year


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

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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