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Natasha K. Buchanan - Principal

Natasha Buchanan is an experienced construction litigator that has dedicated her practice to handling the broad needs of contractors throughout the construction process. Natasha was named to the 2021 Southern California Rising Stars List as a top construction attorney by Super Lawyers.

Natasha represents a variety of general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in public and private works construction, contractual disputes,  prevailing wage and employment law.  For her contactor clients, she represent contractors from contract drafting, public agency bid disputes, the inception of a project to the resolution of claims in litigation, including prosecuting and defending construction contract claims.  Natasha also represents sureties in the investigation and evaluation of performance and payment bond claims, project takeover and completion efforts and indemnity disputes.

Natasha also handles employment claims including prevailing wage claims, apprenticeship issues, labor claims and wage and hour litigation.  She has successfully represented employers against labor claims in court and in administrative hearings related to prevailing wage laws and Labor Code compliance issues with the Labor Commissioner, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and Labor Compliance Programs.

Natasha has considerable trial and arbitration experience including jury and bench trials. Natasha has built a reputation for fierce advocacy by vigorously representing her clients, providing them with straightforward legal advice which leads to favorable results for them.

Prior to joining Lanak & Hanna, Natasha worked as a litigation associate for a regional law firm representing individuals and small businesses in the areas of business, commercial and real estate law.

Natasha continues to serve her alma mater as a member to the Chapman University Fowler School of Law’s Alumni Advisory Board. The board assists the law school in the planning of networking opportunities for alumni and current students and provides valuable input regarding career services, bar exam preparation, and MCLE opportunities. Natasha previously served a term as Chair of the Board (2014-2015).

When I begin working on any matter, I always analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each side so I can anticipate my opponent’s position and legal strategy.  Once I’ve performed that analysis, I advise my clients accordingly so they are in their best position.  I work closely with my clients to understand their bottom line and identify tactical strategies to protect them and their interests.


Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Surety, Subrogation and Indemnity
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2005
J.D., Chapman University School of Law, 2009
California, 2009
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Washington, 2021
State Bar of California
State Bar of Washington

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