Harold Laufer

Of Counsel

hlaufer@bgwlawyers.com P: 818 243 5200
F: 818 243 5266

Harold Laufer heads the firm’s corporate practice. Harold is a highly experienced corporate transactional lawyer who has represented companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, along with their owners and managers, as a Trusted Advisor. Mr. Laufer has handled a wide variety of transactions for corporate clients, with experience in all aspects of a business’ life cycle, starting with deal structuring and entity formation, and continuing through financing, growth, and corporate governance, eventually ending in liquidity events and exits. As a transactional lawyer Mr. Laufer negotiated client contracts for several high-end events such as the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

Mr. Laufer has been General Counsel of a public international technology company located in Newport Beach.

Additionally, Mr. Laufer has extensive deal and mergers and acquisitions experience. He has lead deal teams for acquisitions, sales, and mergers, including the purchase and sale of security companies of all sizes. Other representative M&A engagements include representing a $300 million food company in a $25 million strategic purchase; the spin-off of a security business by a parent company in the entertainment industry; and representation of the seller of a several million-dollar general contracting firm. Mr. Laufer has represented established businesses and emerging companies in manufacturing, distribution and supply chains, real estate, aeronautics, entertainment, securities services, technology, services, and banking.

For several years Mr. Laufer was the Chair of one of the 7th Circuit Bar Committees in Chicago. He has published and lectured on mergers and acquisitions, negotiation strategies and skills, and corporate governance. He has taught graduate-level business courses on family offices, contract drafting and enforcement, and entrepreneurship. He is affiliated with UCLA’s Anderson’s MBA and entrepreneurial programs.


• AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble
• Super Lawyer honoree

Professional Activities

  • Past chair of the 7th Circuit Bar Committee, Chicago, IL
  • Member, California, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations

Practice Areas


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, JD


  • State Bar of California (All Courts)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (All Courts)