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Jeff Brandlin


JEFF FOUNDED BRANDLIN & ASSOCIATES in 1980 to fulfill the unique needs of capital sources, service industry firms and closely-held businesses. His vision for B&A has resulted in an exceptional accounting firm that:


    * Spans the chasm between capital sources and their borrowers/investments;

    * Lowers the operating costs of routine accounting functions for service industry firms; and

    * Maximizes cash flow and profitability for closely-held businesses.


Jeff and his colleagues combine superior technical expertise with years of practical experience to add value to their clients with such services as: litigation support; workout consulting; collateral review for lenders and investors; representation of debtors in possession, creditors, trustees and receivers; forensic accounting; financial due diligence; operational consulting; financial statement preparation; and accounting.


Jeff’s extensive experience encompasses serving clients in a broad range of industries, including: corporate, asset-based and mezzanine lenders; equity sponsors; manufacturing; distribution; software; clothing manufacturers; food processors and packaging; entertainment; food service; oil and gas production, refining and distribution; healthcare; construction; retail; financial and professional services; merchants; and non-profit organizations.


He graduated from San Diego State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, has been licensed to practice accountancy in California since April 1976 and is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).


Barry Freeman


Barry Freeman specializes in bank and asset-based lending, creditors' rights and Article 9 of the UCC, and is a member of the Firm's Corporate and Bankruptcy Reorganization Group, resident in the Los Angeles office.


Barry's practice focuses on all aspects of secured and unsecured lending, banking, asset-based and unsecured lending, syndicated and participated credits, representing both agents, participants and line banks; workouts and restructurings; creditors' rights; business bankruptcies; corporate reorganization; real estate; agricultural lending; and litigation counseling involving lender liability issues.


Barry represents manufacturing clients in a variety of fields, including the sale and distribution of manufactured goods on open account and secured basis and has substantial expertise in the automotive, tire, and agribusiness industries.


Barry also represents auctioneers and possesses substantial expertise in this industry, and has conducted several seminars on a national basis to fulfill the auction industry's continuing education requirements.


An active national lecturer, Barry serves as an instructor for the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Loan Documentation Committee, the California State Bar's Continuing Education of the Bar Programs on "Bankruptcy Reorganization, Debtor-Creditor Rights and Secured Transactions," and several times a year for The Practicing Law Institute and The Banking Law Institute on national panels.


Barry is an active arbitrator of commercial disputes for The American Arbitration Association.


Barry has been elected as a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He is also a past chair of the Loan Documentation Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and is a past chair  and current vice chair of the California State Bar Association's Agribusiness Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Council for The Banking Law Institute.


Barry is a member of the California and Montana bars, and he is admitted to practice in the States of California, Montana, their respective State and Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Barry A. Smith


Barry A. Smith is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Smith focuses his practice on representing financial institutions and other business entities both domestic and international. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, loan workouts and restructuring, provisional remedies, collections, post-judgment enforcement. He also handles complex defense litigation including tort, contract law and real estate.


Mr. Smith is a frequent speaker on creditor’s rights, enforcement of judgments, prejudgment remedies, workouts and turnarounds, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, business and banking fraud, arbitration, toxic waste, lender liability, legal ethics, probate estates and trusts and collection strategy and tactics. He speaks at numerous seminars and conferences including the California Independent Bankers, Risk Management Association, Special Asset Managers Association, National Association of Chinese American Bankers, California Bankers Association, Western Independent Bankers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Associations, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Smith is a former Professor of Law, teaching courses on trial tactics and litigation techniques. He is named one of "Who's Who in Banking and Finance" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.


Mr. Smith is a member of the Financial Lawyers Conference, American Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles Business Trial Lawyers Association, California Bank Counsel, the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section and the Provisional and Post-Judgment Section. He is also an Associate Member of the Community Bankers of California, National Association of Chinese-American Bankers, Risk Management Association, Credit Managers Association and the Southern California Mortgage Association.


Mr. Smith earned his J.D. Degree at Southwestern University in 1970 and received his B.S. Degree in Finance and Economics at California State University, Northridge.

Joel Steiner


Joel Steiner is a Senior Vice President within the Credit Risk Management Group of Union Bank, N.A. and is currently the Senior Credit Administrator responsible for overseeing the Real Estate Special Assets Department of Union Bank. He has been with Union Bank's Special Assets Group since the beginning of 2000.  


While at Union Bank, he has been involved with both C&I and real estate workouts as a relationship manager and team leader.  As a team leader, he was responsible for credit strategies involving the restructure and disposition of real estate distressed loan portfolios in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C. markets.


His experience includes workouts & restructures ranging from lower middle market credits to large institutional & syndicated transactions.  Prior to Union Bank, he worked for several large Japanese banks in commercial lending and real estate finance as well as special assets involving commercial, real estate and project finance credits.


Joel holds a bachelor's degree from UCLA in economics and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Thomas Turner


Experienced banking executive with over 35 years of diversified experience in special assets/commercial banking, OREO’s, compliance/regulations, multi state foreclosure laws, ABL, note sales, syndications,  credit policies/procedures, debt restructures, bankruptcy, liquidations and recoveries.  


Mr. Turner graduated with an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, with a double minor in Accounting and Finance, plus a Graduate Certificate in International Studies, earned a NASD Series 7 & 66, plus Life/Health Insurance License, is a California Notary and is a member of the USC Parent Counsel.

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Hemal Master


Hemal K. Master specializes in commercial and real estate loan documentation, real estate transactions, loan workouts and restructures and also has some commercial litigation experience.


Mr. Master earned his B.A. at the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in 2003 where he was a member of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and a member of the Tulane Law Moot Court Board.


Mr. Master is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (member, Real Property Section) and the Ventura County Bar Association.



Joel Minamide


Joel Minamide is a Senior Vice President and Senior Team Lead in the Special Assets Group of U.S. Bank in Los Angeles.  He oversees the L.A. workout unit which manages a West Coast portfolio of acquired and legacy loans.  Previously, Joel supervised teams charged with large, complex CRE and C&I relationships at California National Bank (acquired by U.S. Bank), The Toyo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Bank of California (now California Bank & Trust).  One of his most high-profile assignments involved a co-lender loan transaction which later became the subject of a landmark bankruptcy case, in which the focal point was the preservation of a lender’s right to credit bid in a 363 sale (in 2012, he attended the Oral Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.).  Mr. Minamide is a member of SAMA (Special Assets Management Assn.) and TMA (Turnaround Management Assn).  He is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara.