Beth Bergman and Michael Allderdice, the founding partners of Bergman and Allderdice

Beth Bergman and Michael Allderdice, the founding partners of Bergman and Allderdice

We were inspired to found Bergman and Allderdice in 2005 by our belief in the need to create, support and advise nonprofit and mission-based organizations.  We see the work of these nonprofits and social enterprises as a key equalizer and resource in a world heavily skewed economically and socially.  We have both worked at large firms but prefer the personalized service of a smaller, women-owned law firm, and we are dedicated to providing high quality and cost effective legal services.  We work closely with every one of our clients to solve complex legal matters and to help each realize self-sustainability. Our areas of expertise include affordable housing, community development, social enterprise, tax-exempt bond financing, tax credit financing, including CDFI- and CDE- source financing, compliance, management, public/private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit and for-profit formation and qualifying organizations for tax-exempt status.

Beth Bergman


Beth is a partner at Bergman and Allderdice. She represents numerous local and national tax-exempt organizations, affordable housing developers, charter schools, community development financial institutions, institutional lenders and government agencies; her practice areas include corporate, real estate, real estate financing, affordable housing, economic and community development, tax-exempt governance and tax-exempt financing.

Prior to entering private practice, Beth was Assistant Housing Coordinator to Mayor Bradley. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake she was a counsel to the Los Angeles Housing Department facilitating real estate loans between the City and nonprofit corporations, utilizing tax credits, bonds and City subsidies to help rebuild the City's housing stock.

Beth currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and she has served as associate editor for the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Redevelopment Law. Articles Beth has authored have appeared in numerous legal and not-for-profit association journals. Her publications include Rebuilding Los Angeles – One Year Later: The Bitter Aftermath and Lessons Learned, published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Redevelopment Law, Spring 1993, and New Markets Tax Credits for Equity and Low-Interest Loans for Capital Developments, The Nonprofit Advisor, December 2006.

Beth lectures in the areas of tax-exempt formation, nonprofit subsidiaries, affordable housing, joint ventures and social enterprise. She has also taught Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School and Environmental Law at Glendale School of Law.

Beth is a graduate of Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, and of Harvard Law School, J.D. She attended a fellowship program at Stanford University Medical School. She was an Associate Editor for the Stanford Law Review and Clerk to the Hon. Chief Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Beth is a member of the California, New York, Texas, Arizona and D.C. Bar Associations, and her memberships include the American Bar Association Sections on Affordable Housing and Nonprofit Law.

Beth Bergman is ranked as a 2019 Super Lawyer, recognized as a top rated Nonprofit Organizations Attorney by “Super Lawyers®” in Southern California and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Michael Allderdice

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Michael is a partner at Bergman and Allderdice.  He represents community lenders, the community development departments of several cities, tax-exempt organizations, affordable housing developers and residential developers. His practice areas include real estate finance, land use and planning, affordable housing, relocation and CEQA. Mr. Allderdice has extensive experience with virtually every type of real estate matter, including property management, leasing, purchases and sales, construction and take-out financing, bond financing, construction contracts, formation of joint ventures, general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies, zoning review, entitlement, subdivision, development and title matters.

Recent projects include several federally-qualified health centers in the Central Valley, Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center and LA Kitchen in Los Angeles, Geneva Car Barn and Meals on Wheels in San Francisco, the Lafayette Hotel and Monarch High School in San Diego, and affordable housing projects throughout California.

Michael has lectured in the areas of nonprofit subsidiaries, nonprofit governance, joint ventures and social enterprises. Michael serves on the board of directors of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.

Michael is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and of George Washington University, National Law Center, J.D., where he graduated with honors.

Michael is admitted to the bar in California and Washington, D.C., is a member of the California Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

David Rosman


David is of counsel to the firm, and is a transactional real estate attorney, including commercial acquisitions, sales, leases and syndications; David also has over 30 years experience as a trial and appellate litigator, primarily in contract, commercial and real estate matters, including unlawful detainers, and has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution. David has handled judicial foreclosures, as well as non-judicial foreclosures (with experienced trustee/foreclosure services), and has also worked with receivers.

David taught general business law at the UCLA Extension program and Insurance Law at West Los Angeles School of Law, and serves as judge pro tempore on small claims appeals.

David received his B.A. from Yale University, cum laude in 1975, and J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1978. He is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. Published opinions include Abdul-Jabbar v. General Motors (Ninth Cir. 1996) 75 F.3d 1391. David is the author of Without the Possibility of Parol, Los Angeles Lawyer, March 1998. David is admitted to the bar in California.

Melanie Cruz


Melanie is the Senior Paralegal at Bergman and Allderdice.  She received her BA in English and Theatre from Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC. Melanie began as a Legal Assistant with Bergman and Allderdice in 2006 and became a Paralegal in 2012. Melanie's areas of expertise include corporate formation, filing for tax exempt status, welfare exemption qualification and corporate and tax exempt maintenance. She speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish and volunteers during the school year at a local elementary school.

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Anita Tolbert

Anita is the Bookkeeper at Bergman and Allderdice. She is also principal of a multi-family office for some of Los Angeles' major philanthropists. With over  25 years of bookkeeping experience and a family tradition of community service, Anita is proud to be a part of Bergman and Allderdice.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA.