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Corporate, business, and transactional lawyer for 35 years.  Negotiating and representing clients in business deals, partnerships, financing transactions, leases and loans, development projects, and specialized transactions.


Arbitration and mediation of business and commercial disputes and transactions.



Business planning and business formation.

Business, financing, and transaction advice and counsel.

Transaction negotiation, contracts, and documentation.

Project planning and financing.

Loan and lease contracts and negotiations.

Representation in business transactions, projects, and financing.

Structuring, negotiating, and financing business transactions in manufacturing, retail, real estate, technology, transportation, telecommunications, entertainment, and many other industries.


Practice areas


  1. Equipment Finance and Leasing: 40%
    33 years
  2. Debt & Lending Agreements: 15%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
  4. Business: 15%
    33 years
  5. Corporate & Incorporation: 15%
    33 years



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Law Office of Paul Bent

3715 Lewis Ave
Long Beach, CA, 90807


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year 2012Long Beach Bar Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Managing DirectorThe Alta Group, LLC2003 - 2013
President and General CounselGoodSmith & Co., Incorporated1984 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Joseph A. Ball/Clarence S. Hunt Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench; President; Secretary/Treasurer2005 - Present
Long Beach Bar AssociationChair, Technology Committee; fmr Board of Governors2004 - Present
International Technology Law AssociationBoard of Advisors; fmr President1973 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Energy Project FinancingProject completed
Acquisition of BusinessAcquisition completed
Business Due DiligenceSuccessful transactions
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Publication nameTitleDate
LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter, part 2 of a 2-part article“Dodd-Frank: What About Leasing?”2011
LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter, part 1 of a 2-part article“Dodd-Frank: What About Leasing?”2011
Equipment Leasing Today”Considering the Alternatives in Alternative Energy”2008
Journal of Equipment Lease Financing“Investing in Alternative Energy Equipment and Projects”2008
Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation“The Future of Financing Alternative Energy Equipment”2007
Equipment Leasing Today“When is a Consumer? The Dynamics of a Changing Leasing Landscape”2005
LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter“Cross-Border Disputes and the Potential for Resolution via Mediation”2005
Equipment Leasing Today“Mediation in Leasing”2005
AFP/Exchange“Transaction Troubles? The Courtroom’s Not Your Only Recourse”2004
The Secured Lender“Avoiding the Courtroom When the Transaction Goes Bad”2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of California - Los AngelesMathematics and Computer ScienceA.B.1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Executive Summit 2013"Innovation and Regulation -- Are They Mutually Exclusive?"2013
Executive Summit 2012"Dodd-Frank: The Impact on Equipment Leasing"2012
ELFA Legal Forum"Dollars and Sense: Leasing Economics for Lawyers"2012
ELFA Credit & Collections Conference"Impact of Regulation in Equipment Leasing"2011
ELFA Annual Convention"Predictive Analytics in Corporation Finance"2011