Ryan Gustafson, Esq.

Ryan Gustafson has worked at large international and domestic law firms where he gained extensive knowledge in a variety of real estate and business transactions.

While affiliated with Greenberg Traurig LLP, Mr. Gustafson advised real estate lenders and developers on many aspects of development such as acquisition and disposition of assets, land entitlements, loan syndication, commercial leasing, and mixed-use projects.

After working with Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Gustafson accepted a position with Ballard Spahr. At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Gustafson represented borrowers and lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions, and provided clients with representation before regulatory bodies and municipalities.

Mr. Gustafson has extensive experience with general corporate transactions and entity formation, as well as all aspects of real estate and business due diligence. In addition to his work as a business and real estate attorney, Mr. Gustafson is a securities and general business litigator representing clients in mediation and arbitration, regulatory proceedings, and in state and federal courts. He also advises small to mid-sized companies on a variety of issues, including employment matters, risk management, dispute resolution and contract review and negotiation.

Mr. Gustafson is admitted to practice in California and Colorado, and in all federal courts in both states. Mr. Gustafson is the author of “Getting Buildings LEED Certified,” which appeared in California Lawyer Magazine. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (B.A. 1995) and the University of Denver (J.D. 1999).


Adam Nicolai, Esq.

Adam engages in business transactions and general civil and business litigation. He has extensive securities litigation and arbitration experience, and also has worked on a significant number of employment matters.

Additionally, he has represented financial advisors in a number of regulatory matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board.

Adam also drafts and reviews contracts involving a wide range of business purposes, and he assists clients in forming corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2006. In 2007, he took the extraordinary step of undertaking his legal studies without going to law school. Instead, he studied law through the State Bar of California’s Law Office Study Program and under the tutelage of the partners of Markun Zusman Freniere & Compton LLP, a well-respected, national business litigation firm. Over the next several years, Adam continued to work at that firm as a litigation paralegal and law clerk while self-studying law. After completing the apprenticeship program, Adam took and passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.

Adam is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and has considerable experience arbitrating matters in forums such as the American Arbitration Association and FINRA Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys family, watching and playing sports, and reading.


Diana Nguyen

Diana is the firm’s office manager and primary legal assistant. Her responsibilities range from interfacing with clients to assisting with court filings and other tasks. Clients and colleagues find Diana very friendly and easy to work with. She is a college student with a pre-law major. Upon graduation, Diana plans to attend law school. She plans to enroll at either UC Berkeley–Boalt Hall or USC Gould School of law.