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Zachary D. Wechsler

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Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Torrance, CA

Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC
21515 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 610
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-642-4600
Fax: 310-642-4646
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Defense (80%), Administrative Law (20%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

The owner of his own law firm the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, based in Torrance, California, Zachary D. Wechsler focuses his practice in large part on the representation of attorneys, health care practitioners and other professionals throughout the state in license proceedings before state agencies and boards. Defending licensed professionals in a wide variety of fields. Mr Wechsler has appeared before The State Bar of California, the Medical Board of California, the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Board of Behavioral Sciences and the California Board of Psychology, and other licensing Boards represented by the Department of Justice in the Office of Admiistrative Hearings or the State Bar Court. His clients have, in some cases, been accused of malpractice, substance abuse, crimes of moral turpitude and other allegations related to their fitness to practice.

Former two-term President of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel ("ADDC"), Mr. Wechsler also provides advice and counsel to prospective attorneys who are seeking admission to The State Bar of California by drawing upon his prior experience as an attorney member of the Committee of Bar Examiners. Other matters he has handled have included ethics consultations for attorneys and law firms, drafting opinion letters, work as an expert witness and service as a Special Master for the Los Angeles County Superior Courts.  Mr. Wechsler's successful track record in all of his professional endeavors have earned him the respect of his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Majoring in philosophy and government, Mr. Wechsler attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1977. Several years later, he decided to pursue a legal career, and he enrolled at Loyola Law School. Upon being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1998, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Mr. Wechsler served as a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice before entering private practice. He is admitted to practice only in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Professional Liability: Defense
  • 20%Administrative Law
Focus Areas

Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Licensing


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Zachary D. Wechsler

First Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Member, California Appellate Project
  • Organized luncheon for members of the State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel and their opposites, members of the ADDC, their first gathering in years.  Also organized MCLE conference for ADDC members., 2019
  • Former Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court pro-bono and paid mediation and arbitration panel
  • Former Attorney member, Committee of Bar Examiners, 2000 - 2004
  • State Bar of California, Special Master

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Former two-term President, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), 2016 – 2018
  • Member, California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals (CAAHCP)
  • Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Founding member, Academy of Professional Licensing Attorneys
  • Attorney Member, Committee of Bar Examiners, 2000 - 2004

Educational Background

  • Wesleyan University, B.A., Major: Philosophy and Government, 1977

Representative Clients

  • Confidential


  • Baker v. Gourley, 81 Cal.App.4th 1167, 97 Cal.Rptr.2d 451 (Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 2, California 2000)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Legal Ethics and Federal Bankruptcy presented in conjunction with Brooke Schaffer of the State Bar of California, Guest Lecturer, Federal Bar Assn, 2015
  • Speaker, CLE on Substance Abuse and Diversity, State Bar Convention, 2007
  • Lecture on Attorney Ethics to the California Academy of Attorneys Helping Healthcare Professionals, October 2017
  • Lecture, Beverly Hills Family Law Symposium, Dec. 2, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Special Master - Los Angeles County Superior Court., 2018


  • Selected as a 2019 SuperLawyer for Ethical Responsibility and Professional Liability Defense., Voted member of SuperLawyers, SuperLawyers, 2019
  • Vice President, St. Thomas Moore Honor Society, Loyola Law School
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Writing and Corporations, Loyola Law School
  • Recipient, Faculty Academic Honors Scholarship, Loyola Law School

Industry Groups

  • Attorneys
  • Bar Applicants
  • Law Firms
  • LCSWs
  • MFTs
  • Nurses
  • Other Health Care Professionals
  • other professional licensees
  • Physician applicants
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists


  • “ I nominate:Zachary D. Wechsler, Esq. LAW OFFICE OF ZACHARY D. WECHSLER, APC21515 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 610Torrance, CA 90503www.zdwlaw.comMr. Wechsler represents attorneys on ethical matters and in the State Bar Courts in California. I met him during my service on the California Committee of Bar Examiners. Wechsler is a fine attorney.”
  • “ Practice area: Professional License Defense and State Bar Proceedings”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Zachary D. Wechsler

21515 Hawthorne Blvd
Ste 610
Torrance, CA 90503

Phone: 310-642-4600

Fax: 310-642-4646

Last Updated: 7/9/2021

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