Guzman Law Group

Meet The Team

Professionalism. Integrity. Excellence.

Meet the Team


 

Founder and Principal Attorney

Denise M. Guzman

Denise M. Guzman has been working in the South Bay for more than 30 years and has established a reputation for providing start-ups and already established private businesses with cost-effective legal counsel. She often functions as virtual in-house corporate counsel for many clients and is an integral part of key decision making and ongoing operational activities of her clients.

Denise also has significant experience in handling estate planning and trust administration matters. She has structured complex family trusts and foundations, charitable giving programs and family-owned business succession plans. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on estate planning, probate and trust administration issues.

 

Education

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Juris Doctor

University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa)

Activities & Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • L.A. County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • South Bay Estate Planning Council

Awards

  • Los Angeles Lakers/Comerica Bank Best of LA Women’s Business Awards (Woman of Entrepreneurship) [2010]
  • Switzer Center’s South Bay Women of the Year Award [2003]

 

 
 

Attorney, Of Counsel

Ed Powell

Ed Powell practices in the corporate, securities, finance and banking law areas, with a focus on strategic and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, business financings and capital raising rounds, commercial transactions, ’33 Act offerings and ’34 Act reporting, ’40 Act compliance, regulatory matters and corporate governance and compliance.

With nearly two decades of legal experience, both as in-house corporate counsel and with top private law firms, Ed’s practice emphasizes the drafting, negotiation, and review of contracts, including financing agreements, asset and business acquisitions and dispositions, commercial agreements, equity and debt offerings, strategic transactions, investments and securities trading.  Ed represents entrepreneurs, businesses, financial institutions and investment funds at all stages of development and need, including entity and fund formation, management and maintenance, financings and capital raising rounds, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate planning and risk management, and workouts and restructurings.

Ed received his J.D. from The University of California, Berkeley, where he was an Editor of the California Law Review, and his B.A. with Highest Honors from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Ed is a member of the State Bar of California.

Ed has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACT1 of the American Conservatory Theater and the Professional Division of the Arts & Science Council.  Ed also is a regular speaker and contributor to legal and industry groups and journals on topics including commercial transactions, banking, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions and technology.

Transaction Summary

• Represented clients in mergers and acquisitions totaling over $15 billion in value.

• Represented clients in commercial real estate loans, finance facilities, repurchase agreements and commercial and mezzanine loans, totaling over $5 billion in value.

• Represented clients in fixed income and floating rate, public and private, domestic and international CMBS/ABS and CLO/CDO offerings totaling over $18 billion in value.

• Established and advised numerous investment funds, including equity and debt portfolios, managed accounts, CLO’s and CDO’s, distressed debt and other managed funds, and provide advice for LSTA/LMA debt trading, ISDA and other derivative agreements.

• Represented underwriters and companies in early stage, IPO and secondary offerings totaling over $5 billion in value.

• Represent clients in derivatives transactions, including interest rate and timing hedges, credit default swaps and perfect asset swaps.

Activities & Affiliations

•State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

•California

Education

University of California, Berkeley
Juris Doctor

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts

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Attorney, of counsel

Carol T. Contes

Carol T. Contes has practiced entertainment law for her entire career within the established Hollywood infrastructure as in-house counsel (networks, studios, large production companies, talent agencies, a performers’ union and a Silicon Valley game publisher), and now as a private practitioner. She specializes in negotiating agreements for the development, production of independent films, television and internet productions. She also is experienced with intellectual property licensing agreements, endorsements, and product branding and website agreements. Her clientele includes award-winning, international producers of film and television as well as successful independent Hollywood producers. Ms. Contes received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona.

 

Education

University of Arizona
Juris Doctor

University of Arizona
Bachelor of Arts

Activities & Affiliations

• State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

• California

 

 
 
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ASSOCIATE Attorney

Marcus Chang

Marcus Chang is a Business, Trust and Probate Attorney who brings a variety of legal skill to the GLG team. Marcus’s litigation experience was founded in prosecuting misdemeanors in the Phoenix, Arizona prosecutor’s office, as well as litigating removal proceedings in immigration court. This experience has served him well in litigating Probate and Trust Administration matters. Marcus also uses a collaborative style in guiding family members through difficult Trust Administrations. Furthermore, his knowledge of business formations and acquisitions aids to better serve the family businesses he works with to create their corporate succession and estate plan.

Marcus graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is licensed in both the state of California and Arizona.

Activities & Affiliations

•State Bar of California
•State Bar of Arizona
•Beverly Hills Bar Association

Bar Admissions

•California
•Arizona

Education

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts

 
 

 
 

Attorney

Drew Hallett

Bio coming soon! 

 

Education 

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Juris Doctor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Business Administration

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Arts

Activities & Affiliations

• State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

• California

 

 
 
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Attorney, Of Counsel

Rich Luftman

Rich Luftman’s practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, conservatorships, guardianships, and elder law.  Throughout his career, Rich has worked to help his clients understand and navigate these complicated areas of the law in order to provide peace of mind.  His addition to the Guzman Law Group team strengthens many of the firm’s already established values including Professionalism, Integrity and Enthusiasm.

Rich graduated from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2002 in the top 15% of his graduating class and was on the Dean’s List throughout law school.  Rich was a recipient of the Faculty Honors Scholarship Award and a member of the Saint Thomas More Law Honor Society, both while in law school.  He was also selected as a Southern California “Rising Star” from 2006-2008 by Super Lawyers.

Activities & Affiliations

•State Bar of California
•Los Angeles County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

•California

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE Attorney

Carla B. Hoffman

Carla Hoffman is an experienced estate planning attorney, with a particular emphasis on planning for individuals and families. Carla began her legal career as a litigator and transitioned into estate planning and trust administration. She skillfully handles the complex issues involved in this area of the law including representing conservators, trustees and beneficiaries in court.

Carla graduated with her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Order of the Coif and St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. While at Loyola, Carla was the recipient of a Faculty Academic Scholarship and American Jurisprudence Awards in Trusts and Wills and Contracts Writing. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Carla competed on the Women’s Ski Team.

Activities & Affiliations

•State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

• California

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science

 
 

 

Paralegals and Support Staff

 
 
 
 

 
 

Paralegal

Tricia O’Shaughnessy

Tricia O’Shaughnessy is an Estate Planning Paralegal who also assists the Guzman Law Group team with Trust, Probate and Corporate needs.

Tricia earned her Associates of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies and her Paralegal Certificate at El Camino College, an ABA approved program. Tricia is a member of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association and is a licensed Notary Public.

Activities & Affiliations

•Los Angeles Paralegal Association
•Nation Notary Association

Education

El Camino College, Torrance
Associate Degree