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Moorari K. Shah combines deep in-house and law firm experience to deliver practical, business-minded legal advice. As Partner in the Los Angeles office of Buckley LLP, he represents banks, fintechs, mortgage companies, auto lenders, and other nonbank financial institutions in transactional, licensing, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement matters covering mergers and acquisitions, consumer and commercial lending and leasing, equipment finance, and supervisory examinations and enforcement actions involving state and federal agencies.

He has significant experience negotiating asset- and stock purchases, start-up company financings, loan purchase and servicing agreements, debt sales, bank partnership arrangements for fintech platforms, and complex on-shore and off-shore information technology and business process outsourcing transactions with an eye toward navigating contractual, operational, and regulatory hurdles to achieve real-world business outcomes. Mr. Shah also has experience in real estate, asset-based, and unsecured financings, as well as enforcing rights and remedies against corporate debtors in nonbankruptcy workout negotiations. He regularly advises companies on California-specific financing topics, including new legislation impacting consumer and commercial lenders and lessors, and matters before the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

Representative matters include:

  • Advised a private equity purchaser’s acquisition of a public company mortgage originator/servicer
  • Negotiated a fintech platform’s bank partnership agreements with a state-chartered institution
  • Represented a national bank in a loan origination outsourcing transaction with a foreign-based service provider
  • Developed and oversaw the implementation of a nonbank financial institution’s compliance management policies and procedures

In 2019, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association honored Mr. Shah with its David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award.

Prior to joining Buckley, Mr. Shah was Managing Counsel and Director of Vendor Management for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation. Prior to working at Toyota, Mr. Shah was the Manager of Business and Legal Affairs for British Telecommunications (formerly Infonet), and an associate at a New York law firm where he represented public and private corporations in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and commercial contracts. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Shah received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law (cum laude) and his B.A. from Duke University. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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  • J.D., Boston University, 1996 (cum laude)
  • B.A., Duke University, 1993


  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Government Service

    • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Memberships & Involvements

    • Mentorship Chair, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California

    • CIPP/US-certified professional, International Association of Privacy Professionals

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