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Steven A. Sugarman

Of Counsel
Los Angeles
T: 310.299.5500
F: 310.299.5600

Steven A. Sugarman founded Banc of California, Inc. (NYSE: BANC) and its national banking subsidiary Banc of California, N.A. and served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.

Under Steve's leadership, Banc of California was recognized twice as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top Banks in America, Fortune Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies and as the largest, independent bank in California with an Outstanding rating from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for Community Development.  

Steve also led the recapitalization of COR Clearing (a broker dealer and national securities clearing firm) serving as its Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of its holding company. Previously, Steve was the founder and Managing Member of investment firm COR Capital LLC, and a founding Partner of GPS Partners LLC, a $2 billion private investment fund specializing in high yield equity securities.

Steve is the Founder and President of The Capital Corps, LLC, a California based financial institution focusing on lending to diverse homeowners and small businesses, including those with non-traditional prime credit needs. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Commerce Home Mortgage. 

Steve is also Of Counsel to the law firm Michelman & Robinson focusing on clients within the Banking and Financial Services industries. He serves on the Yale Law School Executive Committee as a Regional Representative and as a board member of Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM) where he was the recipient of the LATM Keystone Award. He received the Outstanding CEO Award from the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Steve was awarded the Giraffe Award for leadership relating to public service and community development by the National Asian American Coalition and the National Diversity Coalition. With regard to the National Diversity Coalition, Steve serves as a Senior Advisor and Chief Counsel.

Steve pioneered Bank of California’s extensive community-oriented financial literacy program in partnership with non-profit, community and faith-based organizations and universities throughout Southern California. In 2014, Steve alongside President Bill Clinton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa helped to set two Guinness World Records for the world’s largest financial literacy event.

Steve is a California Real Estate Broker and member of the California State Bar. He founded Sugarman Enterprises Inc., a financial advisory firm specializing in real estate advisory and lending as well as the Law Offices of Steven Sugarman, Inc. Steve began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and worked at Lehman Brothers. He is the co-author of "The Forewarned Investor: Don't Get Fooled Again by Corporate Fraud," published by Career Press.