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  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2001
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002-2003
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable Nora M. Manella, United States District Court, Central District of California, 2001-2002
  • Honored as one of Southern California Rising Stars’ Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, June 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyer or Rising Star, SuperLawyers Magazine, 2013-2020.

Angela Machala

Angela M. Machala is the managing partner of Scheper Kim & Harris and focuses on the representation of companies and corporate executives in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations, as well as state and federal litigation.

In the civil arena, Ms. Machala recently helped secure favorable settlements for a work-site based youth program accused of negligence in hiring.  She also obtained a favorable settlement on the eve of trial for a business owner and several corporate entities in a federal court case alleging Lanham Act and civil RICO claims, as well as breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of corporate opportunity, and fraud claims.  In addition, she and her partners secured summary judgment for a police union in a high profile First Amendment action in federal court.  She also won dismissal of a case alleging breach of contract and fiduciary duties stemming from a dispute about an unfinished motion picture.

In Ms. Machala’s white collar practice, she has represented business entities, audit committees, independent directors, and corporate officers in federal grand jury, SEC, and other government investigations. In addition, Ms. Machala has extensive experience in conducting privileged internal investigations. Examples of recent representations include:

  • Theft of Trade Secrets.  Helped secure a rare post-indictment dismissal of all criminal charges against client in closely-watched theft of trade secrets case in the Northern District of California.  
  • Healthcare.  Obtained a dismissal from the California Attorney General’s Office on the eve of trial of all charges against a registered nurse related to allegations of abuse of a dependent adult at a skilled nursing facility.  Represented several executives of a major health plan in a state criminal investigation relating to Medi-Cal payments, and obtained across-the-board declinations.  Also successfully represented executives of a leading bio-tech company in investigations related to False Claims Act and off-label drug promotion.
  • Environmental.  Co-led the successful defense of a Fortune 300 company being investigated for alleged criminal violations of the Clean Water Act and obtained a non-prosecution agreement.  Also represented an energy company in an investigation by the EPA into alleged releases of toxins following an industrial accident.
  • FIRREA.  Obtained a declination in the representation of a high-level bank officer in a federal investigation involving potential violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and FIRREA.  Also successfully represented a former senior officer of a subprime mortgage lender in a FIRREA investigation.
  • Insider Trading.  Obtained a declination from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York and the SEC on behalf of a designated target in an insider trading investigation.  Also successfully represented a film executive in an SEC insider trading investigation.
  • Antitrust.  Represented executives in after-market auto parts and high-tech industries investigated for criminal price-fixing, resulting in no charges against her clients.
  • FCPA.  Represented several high-ranking employees of a high-tech manufacturer in an FCPA investigation led by the SEC.
  • Defense Contractor Fraud.  Represented an accomplished scientist in a federal criminal investigation related to contracts with the Department of Interior and negotiated a favorable sentence.
  • Internal Investigations.  Conducted an investigation for a Fortune 50 company related to allegations of criminal export control violations.  Also conducted multiple internal investigations for a major health provider, a utility company, and a film studio related to allegations of kickbacks and other corporate impropriety.


Professional Activities and Achievements

Ms. Machala is active in the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  She served on the Judicial Appointments Committee for LACBA from 2011 to June 2020, including for two years as the committee’s Vice Chair.  She also served as the Chair of the Litigation Section Executive Committee from 2018-2019.  In addition, she is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA).

Ms. Machala has spoken as a panelist at both the ABA White Collar Crime National Institute and the NACDL West Coast White Collar Seminar.

In 2015, Ms. Machala was honored in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Southern California Rising Stars’ Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women.  She has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2016, and was previously named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine from 2013 to 2015.

Education and Clerkships

Ms. Machala received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001.  She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1997 with a B.A. in Political Science.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Machala served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nora M. Manella in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.


Personal Benefit & Insider Trading, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 26, 2016

Insider Trading: Theories of Liability, Common Defenses, and Recent Cases, The State Bar of California’s Big News for Solo & Small Firms, Spring 2014, Vol. 20, Issue 2

Whistleblower Cases: Turning the Tables, The National Law Journal, November 12, 2007 (co-authored with Carolyn Kubota of O’Melveny & Myers LLP)

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