Bruce D. Andelson

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Biography

When it comes to complex mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate structuring, executive compensation, succession planning, and more, Bruce Andelson’s clients appreciate his extensive experience as a business attorney. “I have handled virtually all situations a client would be facing in my field,” says Bruce. “Typically, when I am representing a privately held company that is being sold, it is probably the only time the owners have done it, whereas I have done it many times.”

That means he knows how to avoid pitfalls, work efficiently, and get a deal done that makes everyone happy.

That was the case in the recent sale of a leading Southern California waste-disposal company to Republic Services, Inc., one the nation’s top two companies in that industry. “It was a very desirable company and a very complicated transaction. First, we had a number of bidders. We had a lot of written contracts to deal with, some fairly heavy government regulation and potential violations, ongoing litigation, financing issues, and a complicated ownership structure,” he says.  Nonetheless, he got the deal done, to everyone’s satisfaction.

Helping clients make smart business decisions.

Bruce, who typically works with middle market, privately owned companies across a range of industries, helps his clients meet their business objectives by communicating openly and frequently with them, as well as sharing with them the wisdom he has gained over the years to help his clients make smart business decisions.

“As I have matured as a lawyer I’ve gained experience that I like to share with a client. I say, ‘You make this decision, but here’s how I think you ought to look at it, here’s how I think you ought to approach it, and, frankly, here’s what I would do if I were in your place.’ I have found that clients like this direct approach and interest in their business.”

Delivering on the benefits of long term relationships.

While know-how and forthright communication form the foundation of Bruce’s client relations, he also says it takes “chemistry” to make it work.

“Your lawyer doesn’t have to be your best friend, but there definitely has to be a chemistry. When you pick the lawyer, you have to figure who is the person that you really feel comfortable with, the person you can trust,” says Bruce, “the person you can call at 10:00 at night and get an honest viewpoint. A lot of clients have been with me a long time. I think they all would speak very favorably of me, not just for the results I get, but also that I am good to work with and easy to deal with.”

Over the years Bruce has represented companies in major debt restructurings, auction sales, long-term lease arrangements, joint ventures, licensing agreements, significant acquisitions, and more.

“One of my more interesting projects was representing the first person to pay to go into space,” says Bruce, who negotiated a multimillion dollar contract with the Russian government on behalf of his client, Dennis Tito, to fly to the International Space Station. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of contract.”

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar
  • Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Joint Advisory Committee on Continuing Education, State Bar of California
  • Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, Aviva Family and Children's Services, which was named a Top 100 Regional Philanthropies You Should Know by CSQ Magazine ( C-Suite Quarterly )
  • ProVisors professional networking group

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • Stanford University School of Law  (J.D., 1974)
    • California State Fellow
  • Brown University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1971)