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Tim Buchanan joined the Commercial and Business Litigation Practice Group of McCormick Barstow in 2001. He has practiced commercial and business litigation since 1984 after serving as a research attorney at the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Buchanan has represented clients in numerous major litigation matters in both federal and state trial courts and appellate courts in California. His trial experience includes cases in the areas of contractual disputes, intra-entity business conflicts, securities and other fraud, construction disputes, inverse condemnation, intellectual property rights, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition. Mr. Buchanan also acts as a mediator of commercial and business disputes.


Mr. Buchanan has also done extensive appellate work. In 2007 he argued and won three separate appellate cases, two of which resulted in published opinions. He commonly appears in the State Courts of Fresno County. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice and Intellectual Property Strategic Business Units.


Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, U.S. District Courts in the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.


Mr. Buchanan is a past board president of the Community Food Bank, has served on the Foundation Council for the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), and currently serves as a board member for the Fresno Philharmonic.



Mr. Buchanan is an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught Introductory Business Law, Government Regulation of Business, Media Law and Real Estate Law.



Mr. Buchanan has been on the panel of many seminars on civil litigation topics, including summary judgment practice, injunctions, electronic discovery and discovery techniques.


Contact info

McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA, 93720

Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 20%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  5. Appeals: 20%

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Association namePosition nameDuration
Fresno County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of California - Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977