With over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, Mr. Sjogren brings a vast array of experience in corporate strategy and risk management. In his role as General Counsel of First Foundation, Mr. Sjogren is responsible for overseeing and providing counsel on legal matters as well as providing guidance on strategic partnerships including mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Sjogren previously served as Chief Risk Officer at CU Bancorp and its subsidiary California United Bank. Prior to that position, Mr. Sjogren served as the Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, where he also served as General Counsel. He held several roles at Carpenter & Company, a private equity firm that invests in community banks; these roles included General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Risk Officer. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Sjogren was an associate attorney at Nixon Peabody, LLP, where he provided regulatory, transactional, and general corporate advice to banks and bank holding companies. Mr. Sjogren began his banking career in 1988 as a Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Mr. Sjogren earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Chapman College and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.