Business/Corporate & Securities

View alphabetical listings of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek attorneys practicing in Business/Corporate & Securities below:

Hillary M. Dorne Associate

Ms. Dorne’s practice emphasizes advising private client transactions, including business planning and corporate compliance, corporate governance, real estate, and health care law.  She has additional experience in the formation and operation of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, stock options, finance, and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, and general representation of entrepreneurs in widely diverse industries. Ms. Dorne is knowledgeable in personal estate planning and the formation and operation of tax‑exempt organizations.


Ms. Dorne received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Dorne was a Senior Associate of the Journal of Climate and Energy Law.  She was also a participant of the University of Barcelona School of International Law Program in Barcelona, Spain.

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Ms. Dorne served as Judicial Extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan in the Southern District of California and as a law clerk with the United States Federal Defenders, Criminal Division in San Diego.

Representative Matters

  • Advises clients regarding formations and operations of charitable trusts and nonprofit organizations
  • Assists clients with succession planning for closely-held businesses and other personal and/or family assets
  • Designs and structures estate planning documents for clients (including wills, trusts, advance health care directives, asset management powers of attorney, etc.)
  • Forms business organizations, including limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations
  • Prepares various business contracts and advises clients regarding short and long-term business planning and strategies
  • Provides a wide-range of federal, state and local business advice to individuals, partnerships, corporations, and other business entities on corporate compliance
  • Represents health care companies in mergers and acquisitions, formation of multi-specialty groups, independent practice associations, and management service organizations. Negotiate management service contracts, physician service agreements, purchase and sale of professional practices and related agreements
  • Represents clients in real estate transactions, including sales, leasing, purchases, 1031 exchanges, financing, debt workouts and construction of major office, hotel, industrial buildings and retail shopping centers
  • Represents clients in various business matters and transactions, including business governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and spin-offs, and liquidations
  • Represents lenders and borrowers in documentation, negotiation and closing of commercial real estate‑secured loan transactions (involving acquisition and development, construction, ground lease and(or) permanent financing for office, hotel, retail, commercial and industrial properties)

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association


  • Ms. Dorne is fluent in Spanish.

David M. Greeley Shareholder

Mr. Greeley is a shareholder of the firm in the Litigation Department and focuses both on resolving, through litigation or negotiation, business, corporate, insurance, licensing, trademark, leasing, franchising and contract disputes and on advising clients on how to avoid future disputes by strengthening business relationships through effective communication.


Mr. Greeley graduated cum laude with a B.A. in American history from Wake Forest University in 1990. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1998, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Symposium Editor of the Arizona Law Review.

Representative Matters

Advisory Matters

  • Advises and counsels business owners on effective negotiation tactics with the goal of resolving disputes before either side considers, much less files, litigation
  • Advises business owners on avoiding alter ego liability
  • Advises business owners, developers and general contractors on procuring proper insurance and on obtaining policy benefits
  • Advises businesses on protecting trade secrets and other intellectual property
  • Advises construction professionals on procuring and maintaining the proper licenses
  • Advises franchisors and franchisees on issues related to compliance with the California Franchise Investment Law and the California Franchise Relations Act
  • Advises employers on compliance with both California federal wage and hour laws
  • Advises litigants on cross-border litigation

Litigation Matters

  • Favorably resolved real estate developers’ insurance coverage claims against insurance company and insurance brokers
  • Favorably resolved licensee’s claim against licensor under “accidental franchise” theory of recovery
  • Obtained full-demand settlement for publisher following court granting preliminary injunction in business dispute
  • Successfully arbitrated real estate seller’s claim against buyer arising out of sale of apartment building
  • Obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees on three complaints and over fifteen causes of action for CEO in complex business litigation
  • Obtained defense verdict in bench trial wherein plaintiff alleged claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of partnership agreement
  • Obtained summary judgment for title insurance company in defending against complaint for breach-of-title policy and bad-faith denial of claim

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Mentor, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Floor Leader, San Diego County Bar Association Caucus for the California Conference of Bar Associations

Proffesional Awards & Honors

  • Best of the Bar (San Diego Business Journal, 2016)