Oren Bitan has an extensive background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership law, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. Mr. Bitan is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns. He has particular expertise in disputes involving real estate, banking and mortgage fraud, creditors’ rights, film finance, and intellectual property.
Representative clients includes banks and financial institutions, state and federal receivers, private investors and investment funds, private equity groups, real property developers, apparel manufacturers, breweries, consumer products companies, and corporate entities large and small.
His practice experience includes:
Mr. Bitan is also an experienced appellate lawyer and has successfully argued numerous times before the California Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Representative matters include:
Mr. Bitan also serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the USC Real Estate Law and Business Form, a member of the Planning Committee for the USC Intellectual Property Institute.
Prior to law school, Mr. Bitan launched H.I.Q.I. (Hit It ‘n Quit It) Media, a film distribution company specializing in documentaries. Notable films he distributed were the Radiohead documentary Meeting People Is Easy, the Academy Award winning documentary The Long Way Home, and the Oscar nominated film The Farm. Mr. Bitan has repeatedly spoken at film festivals and conferences around the world and has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and on CNN.
Mr. Bitan has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013-2016. He has an active pro-bono practice litigating immigration asylum claims, civil rights and Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, and has volunteered with the ACLU of Southern California, Bet Tzedek, and Public Counsel. Prior to joining Buchalter, Mr. Bitan was an associate with a global law firm.
Mr. Bitan earned his J.D. cum laude at Loyola Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Sayre Macneil Scholar. He served as Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, and participated in the Law & Technology Moot Court (a joint program with Caltech). Mr. Bitan externed for The Honorable Harry Pregerson in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and The Honorable Nora M. Manella in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He received his B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern California.
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