Zachary D. Wechsler

Los Angeles, California
Attorney, Mediator, Legal Counselor
phone800-621-0945 (Toll free)
fax310-642-4646
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Zachary D. Wechsler provides clients with a full range of legal services, including the defense of all licensed professionals requiring defense of their professional licenses in front of the State Bar, Medical Board of California, Board of Psychology, Board of Registered Nursing and other health care or licensing agencies or boards. Mr. Wechsler's clients often face discipline, license suspension, revocation or probation due to allegations of moral turpitude, substance abuse, professional negligence and other profession-related issues. Additionally, Mr. Wechsler is skilled in representing clients seeking bar admission (moral character) or admission to other licensed professions, whether their applications have yet to be filed or have been filed, or have been denied. Mr. Wechsler has represented clients before administrative panels, state agencies, and practiced before the State Bar Court, Office of Administrative Hearings, as well as Superior Court and state Appellate Courts. He provides all clients with a vigorous and proactive defense of state bar disciplinary matters. And, as perhaps the only former bar examiner currently representing clients before the Committee of Bar Examiners, Mr. Wechsler is without peer when it comes to assisting bar applicants who have moral character or testing accommodation considerations. Mr. Wechsler's other clients include all manner of licensed health care and mental health professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, clinical licensed social workers, psychologists, physical and respiratory therapists, licensed vocational nurses, real estate salespersons and brokers, insurance brokers, contractors, licensees with the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and even thoroughbred jockeys, trainers and owners who face professional discipline.

Because many of Mr. Wechsler's clients run and/or manage their own businesses, Mr. Wechsler's services include provision of business and employment consultation advice, contract negotiations and mediation of business disputes. Because Mr. Wechsler was a former paid and nonpaid mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Courts, he also provides mediation services to nonclient parties interested in alternative dispute resolution. His references are available upon request.

Mr. Wechsler, a former deputy attorney general for the state of California, was appointed to the Committee of Bar Examiners by the Bar's then governing Board of Governors. He served on the Committee from 2000 through 2004. He is currently a member of the Southern California Mediation Association, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals, APRL (the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers), The State Bar of California, the Southern California Mediation Association, the Culver City/Marina del Rey Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. His C.V. may also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. He is also a founding member of the Academy of Professional Licensing Attorneys.

In addition, Mr. Wechsler served on the California Appellate Project, a court-sponsored program for indigent criminal defendants.

Mr. Wechsler received his law degree, cum laude, from Loyola Law School, where he was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. He was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award for highest grade in Legal Writing and Corporations and received the highest grade in more than a half dozen other classes. Therefore, he was the recipient of the Faculty Academic Honors Scholarship. He was elected Vice President of the Saint Thomas More Honor Society and was admitted as a member of the venerable legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. He also served as an extern for the honorable Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine in the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Three.

Mr. Wechsler has been admitted to practice before all California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Areas of Practice:
State Bar Defense: Moral Turpitude, Letters of Inquiry, Investigations, Reinstatements, Bar Admissions; HealthCare Licensing Boards in California including but not limited to the defense and admissions of professionals before the Medical Board of California, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Registered Nursing, Dental Board of California, Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Other Professional Licensing Boards such as the Bureau of Real Estate, Department of Insurance, BAR, CHRB, etc.

Representative Case:
Baker v. Gourley, 81 Cal.App.4th 1167, 97 Cal.Rptr.2d 451 (Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 2, California 2000)

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Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, June 1998

  • Honors: Cum Laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: Recipient, Faculty Academic Honors Scholarship
    Honors: Vice President, St. Thomas More Honor Society
    Honors: Member, Phi Delta Phi
    Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Writing and Corporations

    Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1977
    B.A.
    Major: Philosophy
    Major: Government