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First Foundation Advisors Opens Los Angeles Office

Paul Miller to Lead the Team

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/06/12 -- Scott F. Kavanaugh, Chief Executive Officer of financial institution First Foundation Inc., today announced the opening of a new Los Angeles office of its wholly owned subsidiary, First Foundation Advisors. It will be the sixth full service office in Southern California. First Foundation Advisors provides integrated, wealth management, investment management and family consulting services for high net worth families. Paul Miller will join the firm to head up the West Los Angeles office as Managing Director.

"As a consultant to and advocate for affluent families over many years, I am delighted to team up with the one financial services firm that has placed family, financial, legacy and philanthropic goals at the center of its universe," said Paul Miller.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miller was President of Miller Family Advisors, Inc. where he managed the "family balance sheet" of high net worth clients. During a 30 year career in the industry, Mr. Miller managed the Beverly Hills office of U.S. Trust Company, the Los Angeles office of Deutsche Bank, and led client service teams for Bank of America. Early in his career, he was Director of Marketing for Security Pacific National Bank's Financial Services Group.

"Paul Miller is a well-respected professional who built a successful career by placing the client's financial needs and family considerations above all else, a philosophy that aligns perfectly with the First Foundation credo and culture," according to CEO Scott Kavanaugh.

Mr. Miller is responsible for the development and management of client relationships at First Foundation Advisors. He also serves on the Executive Management Committee. He joins senior advisors Grant Withers, Roger Stinnett, Lee Hausner and Pamela Cohen in the Los Angeles office. The office is located at 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

About First Foundation
First Foundation Inc. is a financial services institution with wholly owned subsidiary First Foundation Bank, which provides private banking and trust services and wholly owned subsidiary First Foundation Advisors, which provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, and family consulting services. It serves high net worth families nationally with six Southern California offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, El Centro, Pasadena and San Diego, California. First Foundation Inc. is headquartered at 18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 750, Irvine, CA 92612. For more information, please visit www.ff-inc.com.

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