Alan S. Petlak

Special Counsel
Tel 424.204.4320
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Alan S. Petlak is a mediator and also enjoys an active litigation practice.

In Alan's mediation practice, he mediates cases from a trial attorney's perspective. He works tirelessly to resolve disputes ranging from real estate, employment, securities and many other business related matters. Always prepared, Alan utilizes problem-solving techniques learned from his over twenty years of litigating and trying cases.

  • Real Estate Related Experience: A former California Real Estate Broker, Alan handles and mediates almost every type of real estate related matter including those involving mixed-use facilities, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, and hotels. He has successfully resolved disputes involving joint ventures, purchase and sale agreements, real estate agency relationships and landlord/tenant matters.

  • Consumer Finance Experience: Alan handles and mediates matters involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, The Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act and other consumer finance related cases.

  • Securities Litigation: Alan handles and mediates securities-related class action lawsuits under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Alan is also a FINRA arbitrator.

  • Employment and Business Related Litigation Matters: Alan handles and mediates a variety of employment and business related matters, from claims involving employment discrimination to those involving unfair business practices, breach of contract and fraud.

Pro Bono Experience

Alan handles pro bono adoption matters for Alliance for Children's Rights.

Professional Activities

Los Angeles County Bar Association

State Bar of California

Southern California Mediation Association

California Association of Mediation Professionals

FINRA Arbitrator

Former Licensed California real estate broker


"California’s Residential Foreclosure Overhaul Signed Into Law," Ballard Spahr alert, July 16, 2012

"Borrower May Sue Over Lender’s Failure To Contact Prior to Foreclosure, California Appellate Court Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, July 10, 2012

"MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, California Appeals Court Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, May 22, 2012

"Going After a Guarantor of a Real Property Loan," The Daily Journal (Los Angeles), June 7, 2010

"Can One Ever Restrict a Partner, Member or Director from Engaging in a Competing Business?” California Real Estate Journal, January 8, 2007

"Letters of Intent: A Word of Caution Under California Law," California Real Estate Journal, April 16, 2006

"Mechanic's Liens: Don’t Get Caught By Surprise," California Centers, April 1, 2006

"Online Brokerages & Suitability Rule," Compliance Reporter, July 31, 2000

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Bankruptcy Lawyers' New Line of Attack: The Rise of FCRA Claims Stemming from Bankruptcy," Ballard Spahr webinar, January 22, 2016

"Letters of Intent: A Word to the Wise," Lorman Education Services webinar, July 30, 2015

Speaker, "Mortgage Banking Litigation Update: Trends in the Western Region," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 16, 2015

Panelist, "Don't Be the 'Deep Pocket': Tips for Avoiding Costly Ethical Mistakes," USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum, Los Angeles, March 5, 2014

"Forced Place Insurance, HAMP and Impound Accounts Litigation: Ongoing Trends in Residential Mortgage Class Actions," American Conference Institute's 13th National Forum, Los Angeles, January 16, 2014

"Supposed Drop in Mortgage-Related Litigation May Be Just an Illusion," Ballard Spahr and Mortgage Daily webinar, May 17, 2013

"Remedies Under Uniform Commercial Code," Minimum Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), January 27, 2009

Troubled Loan Seminar, MCLE, October 2, 2007

"Letters of Intent for Real Estate Professionals," MCLE, February 7, 2006

"Use of ADR Provisions in Commercial Transactions," MCLE, October 11, 2006

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D. 1995)
Senior Editor, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal

University of California, San Diego (B.A. 1992)