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Moorari K. Shah combines deep in-house and law firm experience to deliver practical, business-minded legal advice. As Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Buckley Sandler LLP, he represents bank and non-bank financial institutions in corporate, finance, and transactional matters covering mergers and acquisitions, commercial and consumer lending and leasing, and transaction-related regulatory compliance issues. 

He has significant experience negotiating complex on-shore and off-shore information technology and business process outsourcing transactions with an eye toward navigating contractual, operational, and regulatory hurdles to achieve real-world business outcomes. Mr. Shah also has experience in real estate, asset-based, and unsecured financings, as well as enforcing rights and remedies against corporate debtors in non-bankruptcy workout negotiations.

Representative matters include:

  • Advised a private equity purchaser’s acquisition of a mortgage originator and servicer
  • Negotiated a marketplace lending platform’s bank partnership arrangement with a state-chartered institution
  • Represented a national bank in a loan origination outsourcing transaction with a foreign-based service provider
  • Developed and oversaw the implementation of a nonbank financial institution’s compliance management policies and procedures

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Shah was Managing Counsel for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, and held both legal and business roles during his nine-year tenure at the captive auto finance company to the world’s largest automobile maker. Prior to working at Toyota, Mr. Shah was the Manager of Business and Legal Affairs for British Telecommunications (formerly Infonet), and an associate at a New York law firm where he represented public and private corporations in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and commercial contracts. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Shah received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law (cum laude) and his B.A. from Duke University. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

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  • J.D., Boston University, 1996 (cum laude)
  • B.A., Duke University, 1993


  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Government Service

    • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Memberships & Involvements

    • Mentorship Chair, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California

    • CIPP/US-certified professional, International Association of Privacy Professionals

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