Cheryl Lott


Cheryl M. Lott represents corporate clients, banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court. Her practice focuses on general business and commercial litigation, lender liability litigation, as well as labor and employment litigation, construction defect litigation, and class action defense. She has significant experience in preparing all aspects of a case for trial or arbitration. Ms. Lott co-chairs the Los Angeles office’s litigation department. Representative litigation matters that Ms. Lott has handled include defending financial institutions against claims asserting aiding and abetting Ponzi schemes or fraud, prosecution of civil bank fraud claims, defending clients in alleged employment discrimination and misclassification related matters, prosecuting trade secret matters on behalf of financial institutions, and prosecuting guarantor collection actions. Ms. Lott also has extensive experience working on local, state, and federal regulatory matters and government procurement matters. In the regulatory realm, she has significant experience assisting financial institution clients with Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering procedures. Ms. Lott also assists clients in preparing for regulatory examinations, complying with consent decrees, and preparing training modules for CDD and EDD. In the government procurement realm, Ms. Lott represents contractors and companies in the bid and RFP process and in protest proceedings once contracts are awarded. Ms. Lott has successfully challenged a public entity’s multi-million dollar contract award, has advocated for clients before sub-committees of the Los Angeles City Council in relation to contract awards, and has advised clients on the legal requirements as they relate to establishing various qualified businesses as defined by the California Government Code. Ms. Lott is serving her term as a UC Alumni Regent (designate) from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021. She will serve as a voting UC Alumni Regent from July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022. Ms. Lott is the immediate past President of the UCLA Alumni Association, and current standing guest as the Alumni Regent from UCLA. She is also a member of the UCLA Foundation Board, and a member of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board. Ms. Lott is a founding member of the UCLA Law Women LEAD Board, and in 2019, Ms. Lott was recognized as an Emerging Leader at the UCLA Law Awards.

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