Alan Petlak
Alan Petlak

Alan S. Petlak

Tel 424.204.4320
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Alan S. Petlak is known for his work in real estate, securities, and product liability/injury, among other areas. Mr. Petlak also has experience in mortgage banking litigation and often represents lenders in matters concerning the Fair Credit Reporting Act, title issues, and the foreclosure of real property.

Mr. Petlak has handled litigation matters from intake through trial in disputes involving, among other things, mixed-use facilities, office buildings (both inside and outside of California), manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, and hotels. He also counsels clients before and in avoidance of the onset of litigation.

In addition, Mr. Petlak represents clients in securities-related class action lawsuits under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and in connection with regulatory matters brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Pro Bono Experience

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

Professional Activities

Los Angeles County Bar Association

State Bar of California

Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors

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)