Our firm strives to give PERSONAL attention to each and every client’s specific needs. We have decades of EXPERIENCE in attending to a wide variety of matters and are COMMITTED to providing the client with COST EFFECTIVE professional services to achieve the best possible result.
John Speciale graduated in 1972 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics. He attended the Los Angeles campus of Whittier College, School of Law (formerly Beverly College, School of Law) while working as a branch manager for World Savings and Loan Association. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 and was admitted to the California Bar in December 1977.
Mr. Speciale immediately began his legal career at the Law Offices of Lang & Suttle in Woodland Hills, California. While there, he represented clients in a variety of civil matters, including personal injury, real estate and business litigation, estate planning, probate, and marriage dissolution. He was ultimately given responsibility for the firm’s family law practice.
Mr. Speciale and Mr. Burton began their joint practice in 1984 and have been practicing together as Speciale & Burton for 30 years.
Mr. Speciale has concentrated his practice in the area of family law, including dissolution of marriage, legal separation and annulment, in which he negotiates, and where necessary, litigates the division of community property and debt, the confirmation of separate property, child custody, visitation, paternity, and child and spousal support, among other issues. His practice also includes preparation of Premarital, and other Marital Agreements.
Mr. Speciale’s practice also includes probate and trust litigation.
More recently, Mr. Speciale has begun to offer marital dissolution mediation services to couples striving to avoid the high financial and emotional cost of litigation.
Mr. Speciale was previously active in the Rotary Club, the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of his local Homeowners association. He was also active in coaching youth sports.
Now, however, the focus of his available free time is travel with his wife of 28 years, including visits to their three grandchildren. He also fits gardening, fishing and an occasional game of golf into his schedule.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
Purchase/Sale of Businesses
Accountant Malpractice cases
Shareholder/Partner/LLC Member Disputes
Construction and Real Estate Litigation
Construction Defect, Breach of Contract & Negligence
Mechanic’s Liens, Stop Notices, Bonds
Easements and Encroachments
Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Fraud
Mr. Burton’s transactional experience includes negotiating and drafting hundreds of agreements for the following:
Real Estate Transactions
Sale & Purchase of Commercial and
Residential Real Estate
Commercial and Residential Leases
Loan Agreements and Documentation
General Contractors & Subcontractors
Commercial & Residential Projects
Business Sales/Stock & Asset
Independent Contractor Agreements
Entity Formation & Operation
Corporations, LLC’s, Partnerships & Limited
Operating Agreements, Shareholder
Agreements, Partnership Agreements
Mr. Burton has been married since 1977 and has two adult children. He leads a very active life as an avid cyclist, fly fisherman and travels whenever possible.
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Steve Burton was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived here his entire life. He graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a B.S. in Economics. He then attended Southwestern University School of Law, receiving his law degree in May 1980, and then was admitted to the California Bar in December 1980.
After working as an associate in the law firm of Lang & Suttle for three years, he and John Speciale began their own practice in January 1984 and have been partners ever since.
Mr. Burton’s practice focuses primarily in the area of business, real estate, construction and commercial matters, both litigation and transactional. His clients vary widely, but mostly are small to medium size businesses that require a general outside counsel with a strong background in litigation as well as catering to the client’s transactional needs.
Mr. Burton’s clients have included real estate developers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, design professionals, real estate brokers and agents, private lenders, escrow companies, aeronautic engineering and design firm, film and video production companies, pension plan administration firms, industrial design firms, scrap metal companies, graphic arts companies, advertising and marketing firms, distributors, channel marketing companies, film and television writers and producers, daycare and assisted living facilities, accountants, attorneys, physicians and professional bicycle racing teams.
Mr. Burton has wide litigation experience in real estate, business, construction cases, in Federal, State and bankruptcy courts.
This litigation experience extends to: