Robert L. Rosenthal

Robert L. Rosenthal graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles in 1973 and was awarded his J.D. degree from The University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1976. Prior to becoming a partner in Rosenthal, Withem & Zeff, Mr. Rosenthal served as Associate Counsel for Commonwealth Land Title in Los Angeles California. Mr. Rosenthal has authored numerous articles on the default industry and has been a speaker at Freddie Mac Designated Counsel Conferences, Fannie Mae Counsel Conferences, and REOMAC National Conferences. Robert served on the Board of, Directors for REOMAC from 2001-2005, and served as membership Committee Chairperson, By-Laws Committee Chairperson, and Budget Committee Chairperson for REOMAC. Mr. Rosenthal is married and has one son.

Michael L. Withem

Michael L. Withem earned a B.A. of Political Science from California State University Northridge, in 1975, graduating Cum Laude. Mr. Withem earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978.  From 1969 to 1991 Mr. Withem also served in the Air National Guard and US Air Force. He retired with the rank of Major in 1991, after serving in Desert Storm. Mr. Withem also retired as a Command Pilot with over 9000 Hours of Commercial and Military flight time. Admitted to California Bar 1978, United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, United States Central District Court of California, United States West District Court of California, United States Northern District Court of California, and the United States Southern District Court of California. To date, Mr. Withem has handled in excess of 2,000 litigated matters with over 95% being defense oriented, including both Federal and State Courts. This includes the landmark decision of Tully v. World Savings and Loan where Mike successfully represented World Savings and Loan in a matter which is cited in many law books to date. Other cited matters include Wanger v. EMC Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Withem has personally taken over 3,500 depositions and currently represents over half a dozen fortune 500 companies. Mr. Withem is married and has 3 children.

Michael D. Zeff

Michael D. Zeff graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1974 with a B.A. of English and earned his J.D. from Southwestern School of Law in 1977. An original partner in the Law Offices of Rosenthal, Withem & Zeff, Mr. Zeff's areas of practice include creditor representation in bankruptcy relief and unlawful detainer matters, with emphasis on special problems such as local rent control restrictions and foreclosure issues arising out of pre-foreclosure bankruptcy filings. Mr. Zeff has over 30 years of experience in legal matters, and is also responsible for day-to-day operations of the firm. Mr. Zeff is married and has two children.



Over 80 years of combined legal experience, providing individual, personalized attention to each matter.


Efficient and timely processes and  logical analysis of each clients needs to quickly provide solutions to each situation.


Time and cost effective resolutions to each matter, therefore saving each client money throughout the entire process.

rosenthal, withem, and zeff

16027 Ventura Blvd. Suite 201
 Encino, CA 91436

Telephone:        (818) 789-7711
FAX:         (818) 986-3875