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:
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)