Alex Choi is a Founder and Managing Partner of Safarian Choi & Bolstad LLP, based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. Mr. Choi manages the day-to-day operations of the growing business, finance and real estate-oriented law firm and handles matters that arise in each of the firm’s practice groups, including Real Estate, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate & Transactional and Dispute Resolution.

A “Big Firm” veteran with extensive experience managing the needs of foreign and domestic clients, Mr. Choi focuses primarily on financing transactions (corporate credit facilities, lease financing, mezzanine debt, securitized loans, construction loans, letters of credit and other credit facilities) as well as the acquisition and disposition of commercial and high-end residential properties. He also oversees corporate and transactional matters that arise concurrent with his deals and negotiates client positions in many of the dispute resolution matters handled by the firm.

Prior to joining forces with co-founder Chris Safarian to form Safarian Choi & Bolstad LLP in 2011, Mr. Choi was a partner in the real estate group of Chambers-ranked firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP in their Los Angeles office. While there, he represented a broad spectrum of real estate interests and clients, including matters on behalf of large and small financial institutions, real estate developers and individual investors. In the course of developing an enviable client portfolio, Mr. Choi developed a keen understanding of the interests inherent to successful property acquisition and disposition, as well as in the formation of joint ventures and the negotiation of development deals. Mr. Choi was invited to join Allen Matkins after dedicating the earlier part of his legal career to Am Law 100 firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP in Los Angeles, where he was an associate and first introduced to the complex real estate and financing matters that would become his practice’s cornerstone.

Mr. Choi is of Korean heritage and speaks Korean fluently, with strong ties to Los Angeles’s extensive Korean business community. He is a member of the Korean Bar Association and the Korean American Coalition and has been active in supporting the Korean Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles, a non-profit, community-based organization serves the Korean American Community. He is also a member of the Asian Business Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Stanford Alumni Association, the U.S.C. alumni Association and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate. Time permitting, Mr. Choi speaks and writes on various timely topics impacting his practice, including a recent article he co-authored with Chris Safarian on Carveout Consequences for Commercial Real Estate Investment Magazine.

A 1996 graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Choi holds a B.A. in both English and Political Science. He obtained his J.D. from University of Southern California Law School in 1999, where he served on the University of Southern California Law Review. While in law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in Criminal Law and was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Organization.