Elana D. Cuzzo

Phone: (805) 764-6370 ext. 208

ecuzzo@rstlegal.com

Legal Experience

Elena CuzzoElana is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including trial preparation, factual investigation, discovery, motion practice, depositions, mediation, and settlement negotiations. In addition, she has successfully defeated approximately 50 actions at the pleadings stage.

Professional Background

Elana D. Cuzzo represents leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in a broad array of business litigation and bankruptcy matters involving issues of financial fraud, banking, securitization, real property, and foreclosure. Ms. Cuzzo recently managed a high volume of fraudulent short sale and title clearing cases for one of the top five national banks. Her comprehensive factual investigation resulted in a victory for the bank and the defeat of multiple short sale fraud rings throughout California. Ms. Cuzzo’s experience also includes defending wrongful foreclosure actions in federal and state courts and representing creditors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and adversary proceedings. In addition, she has provided strategic counsel in an acrimonious shareholder derivative action.

Prior to joining the firm, Elana completed a legal clerkship for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District, where she previously worked as an extern. During her tenure at the court, she drafted the opinion for Judge Donovan’s groundbreaking decision, which declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

Elana wrote for the Women’s Law Journal while studying at the University of California-Los Angeles. Currently, she is an active member of the firm’s Women’s Forum and organizes monthly programming for the Los Angeles office.

Education

Law School attended

  • University of California – Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate

College attended

  • University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Arts

Personal

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Barrister’s Section, Executive Committee
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • UCLA Law Alumni Mentor Program
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

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