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BG Law Hires Poitras as Partner in Commercial Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Real Estate Practices

Corporate and insolvency lawyer David Poitras joined BG Law as a partner in its commercial bankruptcy and insolvency and real estate practices.

Poitras is a corporate, bankruptcy and real estate attorney with more than 30 years of experience at private practice law firms and as in-house general counsel. Poitras joined BG Law from Wedgewood, a network of companies specializing in real estate and real estate loans, where he served as general counsel and corporate secretary. In this role, he managed contract negotiations, transactional and financing documents, and advised on a range of corporate issues, such as compliance, human resources, regulatory matters and corporate governance. Poitras also supervised a litigation portfolio of approximately 75 cases, leading a team of 10 attorneys and paralegals across two offices in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, covering a more than 20-state footprint.

Prior to his tenure with Wedgewood, Poitras was a partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, where he was a member of the firm’s national financial restructuring, bankruptcy, real estate and litigation practices. He began his legal career as a bankruptcy associate and then partner with Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz (now known as Danning, Gill, Israel and Krasnoff) in Los Angeles.


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Endorsement: Hydee Feldstein Soto for Los Angeles city attorney

For their next city attorney, Los Angeles voters will choose between two outsiders with very different legal backgrounds and different ideas of how to serve as the city’s lawyer.

Neither Faisal Gill, who took the lead in the June primary, nor second-place finisher Hydee Feldstein Soto have worked in City Hall or held political office in Los Angeles. That’s somewhat unusual. The city attorney’s office has often been seen by politicians as another rung on the ladder to higher office, including mayor, even though it’s an underappreciated and often-misunderstood position.

In the primary, we recommended Feldstein Soto as the best candidate because she would bring deep legal expertise and independence to the job. And we still think she is the right choice in the Nov. 8 general election.

Feldstein Soto was a partner in corporate law firms with specialties in bankruptcy and acquisitions. It was complex work that required collaboration and problem-solving to finalize deals, which is good training for city government. She managed teams of lawyers with different specialties, much like the city attorney’s office of 500-plus lawyers.

Unlike the county’s district attorney, which is primarily a prosecutorial role, the city attorney wears many hats that require

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