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Malcolm has 32+ years experience in litigation, mediation, corporate and corporate formation, general business, employment, real estate and insurance matters. 

Malcolm is admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuits, Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to the US Court of International Trade,

Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell law directory.

Litigation Background

Malcolm has tried court and jury tirals in both State and Federal Courts in the field of national and international business, wills and trust, employment and insurance matters.  The diverse litigation experience gives him added insight to take an  entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and dispute resolution. Malcolm is a panel arbitrator for the Shenzhen International Arbitration Commission and the Beijing International Arbitration Commission.

Business Transactions

Malcolm is actively involved in handling transactional matters, and has close working relationship with businesses on a regional and international scale.

This permits him to negotiate effectively for international clients, from Company formation to decision making in a business context.  


Appointed as a neutral on the Los Angeles Superior Court panel, and as a settlement officer on the Attorney Settlement Officer Panel, United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Also appointed as a Panel Mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO").

His mediation experience includes a wide variety of legal disputes, emphasizing multiparty and international business disputes involving employment, construction, securities, ongoing transactional disputes, and family disputes.

International Law

In international matters, his experience spans international litigation, corporate, business, real estate and insurance matters in North and Latin America, Europe and China. 

China Experience

Appointed as counselor to governmental and commerical concerns in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), and is also acting as an advisor to the cities of Shenyang, Dandong and Benxi on trade, business entities formation, international arbitration, such as CIETAC, and other wills and trust related matters. 

He is enthusiastically and actively engaged in hosting for delegations of prominent Chinese Governmental Officials, Chinese attorneys, and elite business people coming from various cities of PRC, including but not limited to, Beijing, Shanghai, Fujing, Shangdong and Guangdong Provinces. 

Speaking Engagement

Malcolm's expertise in the field of business law, litigation, employment, arbitration law, international law, and insurance law has led to numerous engagements for regional, national and international organizations.  Please see details about this part in the section below. 


Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
  2. Litigation: 16%
  3. Employment: 16%
  4. Maritime: 16%
  5. Other: 32%
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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Scott Franklin

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Franklin Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Ben Walter Pesta II

    Malcolm is a superb lawyer and one of the best networkers I know. We worked together as cocounsel on a wrongful termination matter, and he proved to be an able and experienced litigator. Additionally, we shared office space for several years, and Malcolm was a congenial and jovial colleague.


    Ben Pesta Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Arent Fox LLP

555 West 5th Street, 48th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90013-1065


DCActive 199807/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
International Association of Young LawyersMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
International Association of Young LawyersHonorary PresidentN/A
International Association of Young LawyersPresident2000 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Frank Wells v. Compton Unified School District, et al.Settlement of $145,000 to plaintiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Los Angeles City CollegeN/AAAN/A
Antioch CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAFTA CHAPTER 11 & 9International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ISCID) and Chapter 92008
Lawyer's Life Style IssuesWork/Life Balance: The Billable Hour vs. Flat Fee2008
Getting Out of Trouble in ChinaEffective Legal Solutions For Major Business Disputes2008
Cross Border Real Estate TransactionsReal Estate Investing in the US2008
Board Member LiabilityCivil Liability of Board Members In The United States: Lessons From Enron and Worldcom2007
Growing Into A Global Legal WorldThe Battle of Laws and Jurisdictions2006