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Peter M. Menard

Of Counsel


  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1979
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 1976
  • B.A., Santa Clara University, 1974
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Peter M. Menard is Of Counsel to the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, having served as the Leader of the firm's Capital Markets/Public Companies team.

Mr. Menard is a member of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance & Stockholder Relations Committee of Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of application specific standard products within the discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets. 

Areas of Practice

Mr. Menard's principal areas of practice includes corporate governance, securities law compliance and corporate transactions. He is a frequent commentator on issues of corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. Mr. Menard's securities practice includes complex disclosure issues; Board and committee representation; internal investigations; periodic SEC filings; exchange listing rules; public offerings; venture capital financings; shareholder proposals; proxy contests; tender offers; rights offerings; going private transactions; and SEC and exchange enforcement actions. His corporate practice includes acquisitions; leveraged buyouts; and technology development, research, license and materials transfer agreements.

Mr. Menard's clients range from start-up companies to large, publicly-traded corporations with international operations primarily in the defense, food services, retail and manufacturing industries.

Public Service

  • Board of Directors: Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) (2018-present)
  • Board of Directors: Wayfinder Family Services (formerly, Junior Blind of America) (1993-2018)
  • Board of Directors: Huntington Medical Research Institutes (2014-present)
  • Adjunct Professor: University of Southern California Gould School of Law (2011-2012)
  • State Bar of California
    • Executive Committee of the Business Law Section (2015-2018)
    • Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section (2014-2015)
    • Vice Chair - Legislation of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section (2013-2014)
    • Editor-in-Chief of Business Law News published by the Business Law Section (2012-2013)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Chair of the Business and Corporations Section (2017-2018)

Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Section (2014-2018)


  • Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, 2007-2019
  • Super Lawyers: Securities & Corporate Finance, 2010-2019
  • AV Preeminent
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2015


Recent Selected Transactions

  • The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated: Investment in North Italia Restaurants (November 2016)
  • The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated: Investment in Flower Child Restaurants (November 2016)
  • Unified Grocers, Inc.: Internal Investigation of Accounting Irregularities (May 2016)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $413,000,000 Acquisition of Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (November 2015)
  • Sport Chalet, Inc.: Sale to Vestis Retail Group LLC (July 2014)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $155,000,000 Acquisition of BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited (March 2013)
  • Unified Grocers, Inc.: 150,000 Class A Shares, 150,000 Class B Shares and 350,000 Class E Shares (March 2013)
  • Unified Grocers, Inc.: $50,000,000 of Partially Subordinated Patrons' Deposit Accounts (March 2013)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $220,000,000 Credit Facility (November 2012)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $18,000,000 Acquisition of PacificTech Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (October 2012)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $31,000,000 Acquisition of Majority Interest in Eris Technology Corporation (June 2011)
  • QAD Inc.: Dual Class Recapitalization (December 2010)
  • The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated: $200,000,000 Credit Facility (December 2010)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $900,000,000 Chengdu Joint Venture (November 2010)
  • Unified Grocers, Inc.: $275,000,000 Credit Facility (October 2010)
  • Sport Chalet, Inc.: $65,000,000 Credit Facility (October 2010)
  • Sport Chalet, Inc.: Option Exchange Program (October 2009)
  • Diodes Incorporated: Acquisition of Zetex plc. (April 2008)
  • International Rectifier Corporation: Internal Investigation of Accounting Irregularities (March 2007) 
  • Diodes Incorporated: Acquisition of APD Semiconductor, Inc. (January 2007)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $200,000,000 of 2.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (October 2006)
  • Diodes Incorporated: Acquisition of Anachip Corporation (December 2005)
  • Sport Chalet, Inc.: Dual Class Recapitalization (October 2005)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation: $95,000,000 Sale of Shares of Endwave Corporation (October 2005)
  • Diodes Incorporated: $59,000,000 of Common Stock (September 2005)
  • Valeant Pharmaceutical International: $165,024,000 of Common Stock (February 2005)
  • Valeant Pharmaceutical International: $480,000,000 of 3.0% Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2010 and 4.0% Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2013 (August 2004)
  • Valeant Pharmaceutical International: $300,000,000 of Senior Notes due 2011 (July 2004)
  • Deckers Outdoor Corporation: $86,625,000 of Common Stock (May 2004)

Representative Clients

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Diodes Incorporated
ExxonMobil Corporation
International Rectifier Corporation
Little Caesar Enterprises
Northrop Grumman Corporation
See's Candies
Sports Chalet, Inc.
Unified Grocers, Inc.
W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Conference on Navigating Modern Challenges and Responsibilities of In-House Counsel, Corporate Compliance Panel, Sponsored by The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law (January 2015)
  • Catholic Social Teachings and American Corporate Law: Lecture to Santa Clara Law School (February 2014)
  • Webinars: California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2012)
  • Selected Issues in Dual Class Securities (April 2008)
  • SEC Comment Letters - Analysis & Trends (January 2008)
  • Mr. Menard speaks regularly in the areas of corporate governance and compliance with federal and state securities laws.


  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law: Corporate Compliance; and Corporate Governance
  • Pacific Council on International Policy