Michele Assayag and Byron Mauss met in 1994 through their prior affiliation with the national law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Having been a partner in larger firms, Michele had long considered venturing out on her own with a vision of providing excellent legal services at significantly reduced hourly rates. This vision included providing to clients an alternative to the traditional large law firm paradigm that would afford greater flexibility in fee structures and in matter staffing.

In January 1996, Michele took the leap and opened Assayag & Associates. She invited Byron Mauss to join her shortly thereafter, and with two lawyers and a legal assistant, the firm began its operations out of small offices in Irvine, California. The firm has continued to provide legal services primarily to financial institutions, and has grown to its present boutique size of 8 lawyers. In January 2011 the Firm opened offices in Portland, Oregon and Bellevue, Washington. Michele, Byron and all of the other Assayag Mauss attorneys and staff consider themselves most fortunate to be provided the opportunity to represent top notch clients in all facets of commercial and real estate lending and creditors’ rights matters.