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Deana A. La Barbera

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Tarzana, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as DALLAW

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Deana

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Right out of law school Deana moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was a natural fit and a position she aspired to during her days as a stockbroker. Deana's specific work there was in market regulation--basically, writing and interpreting the rules that govern broker-dealer firms. In that position she frequently interacted with other divisions, including the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations, the Division of Enforcement, the Division of Corporation Finance (which handles and regulates filings from private and publicly-traded companies), and the Division of Investment Management (which regulates investment advisers and investment companies (i.e., mutual funds)). If Deana had to choose a single most important lesson from the SEC, it is that she learned how the legal system works both practically and from a research standpoint. In that regard, she is deeply familiar with researching the applicable laws not only because she performed such research, but also because Deana has literally written some of the rules. As you can imagine, it tends to give one a different perspective than someone simply reading the law.

While working full-time at the SEC, Deana went to night school at Georgetown Law Center to earn a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in Securities and Financial Regulation. The entire coursework of that program consisted of securities, business, insurance and banking laws. The classes in the Georgetown program were taught often by senior officials from the SEC and other financial regulators such as the CFTC and FDIC, and by senior partners at high-end law firms. Accordingly, Deana has extensive educational training in business, securities and financial laws and their practical application. Deana graduated from the Georgetown Master's program with distinction.

After the SEC she returned home to Los Angeles and worked at major international law firms: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Bingham McCutchen. At both firms she was in the corporate, securities and litigation departments handling all aspects of corporate work, including transactions (such as Mergers & Acquisitions) as well as litigation of corporate transactions. While there, Deana also represented broker-dealer firms in securities regulatory matters, including defending SEC inquiries, preparing opinions of counsel and defending customer arbitration disputes. In big firm practice, she also worked at Quinn Emanuel, which is a leading national litigation boutique firm. There, she handled all types of litigation including securities and corporate fraud, and disputes involving contracts, employment and intellectual property. This private practice work gave her broad experience in the business and financial world, which is unusual at big law firms because they tend to pigeon-hole the attorneys into narrow specialties.

In 2007, after working with so many business clients on succession planning in cooperation with estate planners, Deana decided to expand her own work into the area of estate planning. She took courses, partnered with established estate planners, and worked through the industry to begin her own estate planning and probate practice. Estate planning and probate has become a large portion of her day-to-day practice.

Finally, Deana has been involved in her family’s businesses as far back as she can remember and has been active with them since college. This has given her nearly three decades of general business experience and countless opportunities to learn from decisions both good and, occasionally, bad. Through it all, Deana has developed a solid sense of business and how it works.

All this experience has given her a unique perspective on handling business and personal needs: Deana looks at challenges as a transactional lawyer, a litigator and as a business person. It’s actually a surprisingly rare combination in the legal field. Beyond that, having her own practice ensures that you will have a single high level of work on all your matters—you will not have a junior associate cutting his teeth on your dime and you won't pay for numerous meetings getting a senior partner up to speed. What you will have is access to vast experience while getting personal attention to your matter. Also, because Deana is a sole practitioner, she is able to keep her rates low. The bottom line is that you get big firm partner-level experience for a reasonable price.


United States Supreme Court

Ninth Circuit

California State Bar


Georgetown Law Center, LL.M., with Distinction, Securities and Financial Regulation, 2001

Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997

Student Commencement Address

Pepperdine Law Review, Honors Mock Trial Team, Dean’s Scholar

Multiple awards upon graduation for Trial Advocacy: ABOTA, AmJur, Dean’s Awards

California Lutheran University, B.A. 1991, Dean’s Scholar, Psychology and Business Admin.


Adjunct Professor Cal. State L.A. and CSUN

Founder and Coach of St. Mel Jr. High Mock Trial Competition (Constitutional Rights Foundation)

Coach Georgetown Law Center Mock Trial Team

Co-Creator of Georgetown White Collar

Crime Mock Trial Competition Case Packet

Chair of the Board of Directors, Louisville High School


California Real Estate Broker

Former Series 7 Securities Representative

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DAL Law – Deana La Barbera Law
19528 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 482
Tarzana, CA, 91356

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Posted by Terese | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, knowledgeable, outstanding
Deana deserves 100% credit for closing a very difficult family trust implosion, preserving assets and avoiding litigation. She kept us legally and emotionally prepared, organized and on track. Vastly knowledgeable in the law, Deana ensured we knew exactly what to expect with every step of the process. Her greatest strengths lie in her negotiation skills, and I cannot underscore the importance of experience and intelligence when hammering out a complicated resolution. Our family felt safe with Deana representing us and will always be incredibly grateful for her amazing work-ethic and expertise.
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Posted by Alan | January 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Deana recently handled my father-in-law's estate. There was no trust and nothing was in order. She took charge and settled the estate in just over a year. It was a far better outcome than we could have hoped for. She is intelligent, knowledgeable and professional. She kept us informed and took care orlf every minor detail. She helped me through a difficult time with compassion. I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Pepperdine University School Of Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • California State University, Northridge
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Adjunct Professor
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Morgan Lewis
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2001
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • California Lutheran University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Trust Administration
  • Amicable and Increased Financial Resolution for Beneficiaries
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Increased Revenue by 15%


  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Ninth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustee and Conservator
  • California State Fullerton
  • 2018
  • Division of Market Regulation Award for Outstanding Performance
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • 1999
  • Trial Advocacy
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • SEC Examiners
  • Federal Securities Law
  • 2015

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