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Chanel L. Oldham

Special Counsel


t: (213) 489-0028

f: (213) 489-0552

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: The Gap Band and Anderson Paak

FAVORITE FILM/SERIES: The Shawshank Redemption

FAVORITE BOOK: Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

FAVORITE PHRASE: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison


Chanel L. Oldham is Senior Counsel at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs.  Originally from Northern California, she moved to Los Angeles to attend college at UCLA where she received her Bachelor’s Degree, double majoring in History and Political Science, with a minor in African American Studies.  While attending UCLA she had the unique opportunity to assist a tenured professor with his research about the lasting effects of Apartheid in South Africa, an experience that culminated in meeting Nelson Mandela at his home in South Africa.


After graduating from UCLA, Ms. Oldham attend USC – Gould School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree.  While attending USC – Gould School of Law, she spent several months in Jamaica where she clerked for the Supreme Court of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica.  While clerking she, among other things, wrote legal opinions for the Parish Court Judges.


Ms. Oldham is a trial attorney specializing in Banking & Finance and Labor & Employment. With over ten years of experience in big law and boutique firms, Ms. Oldham has represented national financial institutions in various business disputes between lender and lender as well as lender and borrower in all facets of litigation. Ms. Oldham has defended financial institutions in a large number of suits in both federal and state courts involving, among other things, violations of TILA, the FDCPA, wrongful foreclosure, RESPA, slander to title, state mortgage violations (including the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights), loan origination claims, negative amortization claims, loan servicing claims, preemption under the Home Owner’s Loan Act and the National Banking Act, the processing of negotiable instruments under Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, negligence, fraud, construction defect litigation, equipment lease disputes, bad faith insurance coverage disputes, negligent misrepresentation claims, conversion claims, fraudulent transfer of asset claims, promissory estoppel claims, and unfair business practices claims.  She has also has experience counseling  clients in the formation of their business entities as well as issues related to maintaining good standing and the operation of their business in California.


In addition to providing financial institution services, Ms. Oldham has represented employers in employment wage and hour disputes, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions; and has provided regulatory counseling regarding corporate employee handbooks, determining the proper classification for employees and independent contractors and mandatory training to employees.


  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles

  • John M. Langston Bar Association

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


State Bar of California

United States District Court - Central District

United States District Court - Eastern District

United States District Court - Northern District

United States District Court – Southern District

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


University of Southern California

Gould School of Law, J.D.

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.