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Paul Bent

Equipment finance and leasing Attorney at Long Beach, CA

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Equipment finance and leasing
    Equipment leasing and asset financing. Secured lending, UCC issues, transaction structuring, negotiation.

    41 years

  2. Business
    Transactional advice. Transaction negotiation, structuring, negotiation, funding. M&A, secured financing, real estate.

    41 years

  3. Contracts and agreements

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Advice regarding business formation and maintenance. General counsel services.

    41 years

  5. Debt and lending agreements

Corporate, business, and transactional lawyer for 40 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.

Licensed for 44 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 12/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Paul Bent
3715 Lewis Ave
Long Beach, CA, 90807


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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Managing Director
  • The Alta Group, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • President and General Counsel
  • GoodSmith & Co., Incorporated
  • 1984 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Paul Bent
  • 1978 - Present


  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • A.B.
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Energy Project Financing
  • Project completed
  • Acquisition of Business
  • Acquisition completed
  • Business Due Diligence
  • Successful transactions


  • Joseph A. Ball/Clarence S. Hunt Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench; Secretary/Treasurer; former President
  • 2005 - Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • Chair, Technology Committee; former Board of Governors
  • 2004 - Present
  • International Technology Law Association
  • Board of Advisors; former President
  • 1973 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year 2012
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • 2013


  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Long Beach Equipment finance and leasing Lawyer Paul Bent
Paul Bent
Equipment finance and leasing Attorney
Long Beach, CA
Licensed for 44 years
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