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Richard A. Weintraub J.D. Founder and Managing Partner

Richard A. Weintraub is the Founder and Managing Partner of Weintraub Law Group PC. Practicing law for 40 years, Rick is an ’AV’-rated attorney by Martindale Hubble. He has been Lead Counsel in more than 500 public and private offerings and more than 200 mergers and acquisitions. Rick has extensive experience in the negotiation and structuring of hundreds of business transactions. He specializes in the formation of business entities; venture capital transactions; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; public and private offerings, and debt financing.

Rick represents clients in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to, computer technology, biotechnology, medical services, finance and investment, communications, marketing, transportation, and real estate development. These transactions have been accomplished through such entities as corporations, limited liability companies, REITS, REMICS, business trusts, and limited partnerships.

Rick is an expert in the CrowdFunding. Spurred on by the enactment of the JOBS Act of 2012, Rick co-founded CommunityLeader, Inc., a firm specializing in creating portal platforms for the offer and sale of securities in a cloud-based eco-system. Rick has presented at several conferences, seminars, and meetings addressing issues in the CrowdFunding area. Weintraub Law Group PC has prepared a significant number of private placement memoranda for the offering of securities using CrowdFunding.

Rick is in the process of filing two (2) public offerings of cannabis companies, one under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the other pursuant to Regulation A.

With significant hands-on working knowledge of the relevant issues in his specific practice areas, Rick is often called upon to provide expert testimony in some of the most complex and challenging cases. He is uniquely qualified in the San Diego area to assess hypothetical fact patterns that may be analogous to actual areas of testimony and provide keen insight of how the application of the law applies to those fact patterns. Rick prides himself on providing superior services in an expeditious manner for a reasonable price. He has recently supplied testimony about (i) Rule 144 issues, (ii) Regulation D preemption over state law under Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933, (iii) the demand futility in shareholder derivative actions and (iv) unregistered broker-dealer determination. provides expert witness services in the areas of corporate and securities law.

He also has considerable experience in the representation of hedge funds and private equity funds. Currently, he represents hedge fund offerings exceeding $200 million.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University California Los Angeles in 1975 and Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, in 1978. He was admitted into the U.S. Claims Court in 1984; the U.S. Tax Court in 1985; the U.S. District Court, Central District of California in 1993; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California in 1994. Rick has also been an instructor of tax and securities law courses at UCLA, University California San Diego, and the University of San Diego. He has instructed a course entitled “Securities Law Implications for the Emerging Growth Business” at UCSD.  Rick is a periodic presenter for continuing legal education for NBI.

Practice Areas

  • Securities Law
  • Public and Private Offerings
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Reorganizations, and Divestitures
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Formation of Business Entities
  • Venture Capital Transactions
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Mediation of Transactions in the Corporate and Securities Law

Education

  • 1978: Juris Doctorate, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • 1975, Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

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Noteworthy Experiences

  1. Developed the structure for a national real estate syndicator for the marketing of low-income tax credits that is the used as the predominant model in the industry today
  2. Negotiated and closed a complex corporate financing transaction and acquisition of a government telecommunications firm to form a publicly traded company
  3. Lead attorney on a public offering of common stock for a mortgage finance company
  4. Represented a business consulting firm in connection with the financing of several emerging growth companies
  5. Negotiated and closed the acquisition of a health care company
  6. Represented a registered investment advisory firm in connection with the formation and operation of a private equity firm
  7. Developed the structure of a blank check company and the registration of common stock on form S-1
  8. Co-founded CommunityLeader, Inc., a company formed to develop software and services for the offer and sale of securities under the JOBS Act of 2012
  9. Co-founded ValueScape Analytics, Inc., a company offering appraisal solutions in a cloud-based environment
  10. Drafted hundreds of PPMs for the syndication of residential, commercial and industrial real estate and mortgage-backed securities

Debra M. Van Alstyne

Debra Van Alstyne received her Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. She graduated in the top 10% of her class and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She served as a Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review, where she published a Comment, Environmental Decision Making Under CEQA. Before attending law school, Debra graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences. After law school, Debra served as the sole law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Debra is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

After completing her federal court clerkship, Debra became a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles. She practiced with and became a partner of Hufstedler Miller Carlson & Beardsley and then McKenna Conner and Cuneo (now McKenna Long and Aldridge), where she first handled litigation matters and then corporate, real estate and securities matters. She then became “of counsel” to Sachs and Phelps, where she continued her corporate and securities practice, with a particular emphasis on private placements of real estate securities.

Upon moving to the Washington DC area, Debra joined the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where she served as Senior Counsel for nearly four years and was responsible for reviewing the publicly filed securities documents of existing and newly public companies. After leaving the Securities and Exchange Commission, she became Deputy General Counsel for HealthCare Financial Partners, a newly public company in Chevy Chase, Maryland that provided secured receivables financing (primarily Medicare and Medicaid receivables), real estate financing, and debtor-in-possession financing for companies operating in the healthcare industry.

Debra then joined Fannie Mae in Washington, DC as an Associate General Counsel. At Fannie Mae, Debra was responsible for the preparation and continuous revision of the securities disclosure documents for the company’s single-family and multifamily mortgage-backed securities. Debra also managed the ongoing legal aspects of the mortgage-backed securities program. Debra spent a large portion of her time working with securities that were backed by multifamily properties located throughout the United States.

Debra was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School from 2007 through 2012, co-teaching a class on “Disclosure Under the Federal Securities Laws” in the Securities Law LLM program. From 2015 to 2018, Debra served on the Board of Directors of Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides daily meals to those in need.

Valerie D. Bandstra

Valerie is an experienced corporate attorney with an emphasis in corporate finance and securities law.  Valerie has advised corporate and business clients on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions including registered initial and follow-on public offerings under the 1933 Securities Act, Reg D private placements, PIPEs and intra-state offerings.  As a former partner, she advised clients on all aspects of securities law compliance and assisted with preparation and filing of 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks and other regulatory filings.

Valerie received her J.D. with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and obtained her B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University where she graduated with distinction and in the Iowa State University Honors Program. 

After graduating law school in 2000, Valerie joined one of Iowa’s largest law firms, Brown Winick, PLC in Des Moines, Iowa.  She began as a corporate associate and joined the firm as a partner in 2005.  At Brown Winick, Valerie represented acquirers and targets in connection with public and private M&A transactions, including preparation of term sheets, merger, asset and stock purchase agreements, proxy statements and S-4 registration statements.     Valerie also assisted small-cap and mid-cap public companies in complying with Exchange Act reporting requirements including preparation and review of annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and press releases and advised clients regarding compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, Regulation FD and other relevant Exchange Act rules and regulations. 

During her career at Brown Winick, Valerie was active in firm management and planning.  She served on the Associate, Recruiting and Strategic Planning Committees.   Valerie was also recognized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as part of the Leadership Iowa Class 2002-2003

In 2012, Valerie left full-time practice at Brown Winick to spend more time with her family.  Since then, she has served as part-time assistant corporate counsel for a global manufacturing company based in Iowa where she advised on various acquisition and joint venture transactions, prepared and reviewed finance and credit agreements and advised the board of directors on corporate governance matters. 

Valerie currently works as a corporate legal consultant advising on a wide variety of business transactions.  Most recently, Valerie has negotiated and reviewed procurement agreements, subcontracts and master services agreement for a Fortune Global 500 company. 

Valerie is licensed to practice law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association including the Business Law Section. 

Kiersten Severson, Paralegal

Kiersten has worked in the legal field since 2001 and has a varied background consisting of experience in civil litigation, corporate/securities, conservatorships, juvenile dependency appeals, and federal material witness matters.

Since early 2010, Kiersten has been part of the Weintraub Law Group, handling state and federal securities filings, entity formations and corresponding corporate compliance (domestic and foreign). In addition, Kiersten also assists with the preparation of disclosure schedules and the formal closing of multi-million dollar transactions.

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