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Attorneys

 
 
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Partner

Christopher Dryden

Chris Dryden is well-recognized as a leading payments industry attorney with expertise in many subfields therein that range from corporate governance and planning, contract drafting, transactions to mergers and acquisitions, federal and state regulatory compliance and overall business consulting. What sets Chris and Global Legal's attorneys apart from other industry attorneys is their considerable litigation experience concerning all of those subject matters. Chris is able to apply his knowledge base in the litigation arena and argues firsthand many of the key issues affecting a payment business's daily operations. With this 360 degree view of his client's overall legal needs and potential pitfalls Chris is consistently leaned upon by his clients to not only address legal fires that arise but also assist to shore up operational deficiencies to strategically avoid future unnecessary legal expenses that commonly plague small to medium sized businesses. As the payments system landscape has evolved with the insertion of myriad technological advances and applications, Chris and Global Legal have become actively involved in defending and prosecuting client's claims that originate from add on services and products being marketed in the space including POS sales and financing, commercial lending, alternative financing such as merchant cash advance, and working with ISV's to partner with payment providers. No matter the issue, Chris and Global Legal take pride on approaching client relationships from a perspective to build lasting and sustainable partnerships.

 

Education

LSU PAUL M. HEBERT SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
B.A.

Activities & Affiliations

• Electronic Transactions Association
• Western States Acquirers Association
• Southeast Acquirers Association
• Midwest Acquirers Association
• Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

•  California

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

James Huber

James Huber is well-recognized as a top industry-expert attorney and  works heavily in the compliance field; helping electronic payment processing companies avoid getting fined, arrested, violate rules, or get sued from internal or external threats. Drawing on experience from white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation, and general business advise, including heavy litigation in the payments space, James successfully advises his clients how to avoid litigation.  But some clients contact Global before it’s too late, and James therefore litigates often.  That includes defending and pursuing electronic payments companies.  James is also well-versed in mergers and acquisitions, compliance, contract review, internal operations, regulatory defense including FTC, CFPB, DOJ, AG, Class-Actions, and all legal aspects that affect a business.

 

Education

CAL WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A.

Activities & Affiliations

• Electronic Transactions Association
• Western States Acquirers Association
• Southeast Acquirers Association
• Midwest Acquirers Association
• Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

 • California

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Michael Ghilezan

Michael Ghilezan is an experienced business litigator with an emphasis on startups and franchise law. While based out of Los Angeles, Michael has represented clients all across California, from San Francisco to San Diego, and in Federal courts, both in-state and out-of-state. Having studied mediation at the Straus Institute’s prestigious LLM program (ranked the best Alternative Dispute Resolution program in the nation), Michael has applied his mediation skills in over 100 mediations. His ADR background allows him to always keep an open mind to best help his clients reach the right settlement. And when that is not possible, Michael’s strong advocacy skills ensure that his clients will get the best result possible at trial. Michael has a strong international background, having lived in 7 countries and speaking 6 languages, which he uses to advise his international business clients. He has helped investors from France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, China, Guatemala and Romania to achieve their American Dream by helping them setup their businesses in the US.

Education

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
L.L.M

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
B.A. Cum Laude with Distinction

Activities & Affiliations

  • California Lawyers Association- Business Law Section
  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office-Dispute Resolution Program
  • Electronic Transactions Association
  • Western States Acquirers Association
  • Southeast Acquirers Association
  • Midwest Acquirers Association
  • Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

 • California