Carl W. McKinzie, J.D.

Carl McKinzie has over 50 years’ experience serving clients in a wide variety of industries. In 1980, Carl joined and became a named partner in the business law firm Riordan & McKinzie. He previously had been a partner with Nossaman LLP.  In 2003, Riordan & McKinzie merged with Bingham McCutchen LLP, an international law firm. At Bingham McCutchen, he continued to advise clients on mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions, and counseled on the implementation of complex financing transactions. Carl also frequently advised boards of directors and special committees of boards of directors on corporate matters, including governance issues. He has served as a member of both public and private boards of directors and as a chair and member of various board committees.  On September 1, 2010, Carl was recruited to become CEO of FirstFed Financial Corp., a bank holding company that was in bankruptcy.  Following the successful reorganization of FirstFed Financial Corp., Carl became the Interim President and CEO of Trethera Corporation (formerly Triangle Therapeutics Inc.).


Trethera Corporation – Director, Former President and CEO

  • New therapeutic approach for attacking cancer
  • Intellectual property licensed from University of California

Sofie Biosciences, Inc. – director since 2014

  • PET molecular imaging theranostics company
  • hybrid business model among Sophie, UCLA and Caltech

Athos Therapeutics, Inc. – director since 2019

  • Novel therapeutics approach for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Intellectual property being licensed from University of North Carolina

Restaurants – director of three corporations

  • owners and operators of three well known restaurants in the Los Angeles area
  • privately held portfolio companies of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan

Lynch Estate (past) – Co-Trustee

  • the estate owned significant art, property and a unique Utah storage facility business
  • Phillip Williams Estate (past) – Co-Trustee
    • Williams was former Vice-Chair of Times Mirror Co.

Trustee – diverse individual and family trusts

FirstFed Financial Corp (past)– CEO from September 1, 2010 to January 2, 2013

  • Formerly a NYSE listed bank holding company
  • Plan of Reorganization confirmed by Bankruptcy Court and became effective on January 2, 2013

IXC Communications, Inc. (past) – director for seven years; member of Audit Committee

  • NASDAQ listed company that owned and operated coast-to-coast fiber communication system
  • acquired by Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE) for $3 billion

Leprechaun Holding Company, LLC (past) – director; chair of Audit Committee; chair of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; member of Compliance Committee

  • provided outsourced HCC management for Medicare Advantage plans
  • privately held former portfolio company of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC

Corporesano Holdings LLC (past) – director

  • holding company for Leprechaun Holding Company, LLC and XLHealth Corporation
  • privately held former portfolio company of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC

Welk Hospitality Group, Inc. – director (past -2004-2021); member of Compensation Committee

  • owns timeshare resorts
  • privately held holding company for family of bandleader Lawrence Welk

The Welk Group, Inc. (past) – director for nine years; member of Compensation Committee

  • owned record labels, timeshare resorts and real estate
  • privately held holding company for family of bandleader Lawrence Welk

TriCoast Container Corporation (past) – director for five years

  • manufacturer of plastic beverage containers
  • privately held former portfolio company of Freeman Spogli & Co.


  • Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Audit Committee, Broadcom Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and Chair, Community Impact Fund Advisory Committee
  • Senior Advisor; Board of Directors, Providence Saint John’s Health Center
  • Member, Board of Directors (former chair) and Executive Committee (former chair), Saint John’s Health Center (past)
  • Trustee, The Riordan Foundation
  • Trustee, RX for Reading (past)
  • Board of Directors (former vice-chair), Library Foundation of Los Angeles (past)
  • Member (former chair), Executive Board of Southern Methodist University School of Law (past)
  • Member, Southern Methodist University School of Law Alumni Association (past)
  • Member Board of Visitors, University of Wyoming College of Law (past)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona State University Law Society (past)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel (past)
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Community Foundation (past)
  • Trustee, Jaquish Foundation (past)
  • Trustee, Louise Marshall Fund (past)
  • Trustee, Raymond Marshall Foundation (past)


  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • Former editor, Southwestern Law Journal


  • NAREIT Formation Workshop, Seattle
  • Co-chair, Ninth Annual Lawyers Conference, NAREIT, Colorado Springs
  • Eighth Annual Accounting Conference, NAREIT, San Diego
  • Eighteenth Annual Conference, NAREIT, San Francisco
  • Fourth Annual Accounting Conference, NAREIT, Bermuda
  • Fourth Annual Lawyers Conference, NAREIT, Phoenix
  • Co-chair, Third Annual Lawyers Conference, NAREIT, Phoenix
  • Second Annual Accounting and Tax Conference, NAREIT, Mexico City


  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Chair, Current Developments Subcommittee, Committee on Real Estate Tax Problems, Taxation Section, American Bar Association (past)
  • Member, Board of Governors, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (past)


  • Admitted to practice in California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • SMU Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1966
  • Texas Tech University, Master of Business Administration, 1963 (banking & finance)
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1962


  • USAF for three years following law school
  • Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps