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In complex litigation, twin energies – preparation and persuasion – usually dwarf all factual, legal or personal elements in achieving a successful outcome. The first is a matter of rigorousness and determination; the second, a matter of experience and art. For Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek litigators, superb preparation is the foundation for obtaining a cost-effective resolution for a client, whether through early settlement, pre-trial hearings or an appearance before a judge, jury, administrative law judge or arbitration panel. Yet persuasiveness – the art of helping someone see why they should hold in your favor – has again and again helped make the most of our disciplined preparation on a client’s behalf.

The firm pioneered development of proprietary trial-presentation software that can make dramatic use of information at trial. In the hands of top litigators, it allows complex information to be presented in ways most conducive to understanding and retention, and it enables instant recall and presentation of audio-visual segments – a perfect adjunct for capitalizing on preparedness and persuasiveness.

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Gerald L. McMahon
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Deflategate appeal: Tom Brady loses no matter what

By Dan Eaton Published by CNBC.com The only way New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will win his appeal of a four-game suspension over “deflategate” is if he can show that the process through which…

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Andrea Myers Helps Earn National Recognition for the Junior League of San Diego

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek was built on a foundation of community support. We are pleased that Shareholder Andrea Myers has taken this commitment to heart to serve as the Fund Development Director for the Junior League…

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Bank of America, N. A. v. Caulkett
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State Bar launches survey of client bank accounts

By LYLE MORAN, The Daily Transcript Tuesday, June 9, 2015 The State Bar of California has launched a survey of its members to make sure they are properly handling bank accounts that hold client funds.…

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SCMV Attorney Scott Williams and the City of San Diego win Balboa Park Appeal

A state appellate court has issued a ruling that allows the Plaza de Panama project in Balboa Park to proceed. Our firm shareholder Scott Williams argued the appeal on behalf of the Plaza de Panama…

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Portability Offers New Opportunities for Tax Savings in Estate Planning

By James Siegel and Rebecca Van Loon In 2013, the estate tax and gift tax rates increased to 40% and the federal estate and gift tax exemption amounts were frozen at $5 million per person…

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Deflategate: What did Tom Brady know?

By Dan Eaton Published by CNBC.com Most of the attention on the NFL report on “deflategate,” about the New England Patriots’ use of under-pressurized footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in…

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Deflategate: Brady appeal won’t be easy

By Dan Eaton Published by CNBC.com Tom Brady reportedly will appeal his four-game suspension for his incomplete cooperation in the “Deflategate” investigation and his more-probable-than-not general knowledge of the inappropriate activities of two Patriots staffers…

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10 things you should know about trademarks

By John Alspaugh, Esq., The Trademark Group®, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek 1. What is a trademark? A trademark is any word, phrase, symbol, or device that distinguishes one company’s goods or services from those of…

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Four SCMV Attorneys named Best of the Bar

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is proud to announce that John Alspaugh, Dan Eaton, Greg Vega and Parisa Weiss have been named Best of the Bar by San Diego Business Journal. San Diego Business Journal’s second…

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Bankruptcy Year In Review 2014

By Dennis Wickham San Diego County Bar Association February 17, 2015 UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Clark v Rameker, 573 U.S. ___, ___ S.Ct., L.Ed.2d ___ (2014) Funds in an inherited IRA are not “retirement funds”…

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Matt Seltzer recognized in Top Real Estate Deals of 2015

Congratulations to SCMV attorney Matt Seltzer on being featured in the San Diego Business Journal’s Top Real Estate Deals of 2015 special report and awards program. Two transactions for which Matt was the attorney were…

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The Bankruptcy Section’s 24th Annual Year in Review

Presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the SDCBA Featuring Dennis Wickham, Esq. SCMV Shareholder Dennis Wickham will once again be participating in the San Diego County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section’s 24th Annual Year in…

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Super Lawyers – Word for Word

WHICH U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WOULD YOU TAKE TO LUNCH AND WHERE? As told to Erik Lundegaard Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Grant Grill. This was really a no-brainer for me. The year I…

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Andrea Myers selected as 2015 Rising Star

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that attorney Andrea Myers has been selected for the 2015 San Diego Rising Stars list by her peers and the editors of Super Lawyers Magazine. Andrea, whose practice…

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Seltzer Caplan adds Sandra Joan Morris as of counsel

By San Diego Daily Transcript November 13, 2014 Sandra Joan Morris, a “founding mother” of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, has joined Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek as of counsel to the firm’s family law…

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Tamatha Clemens Joins Seltzer Caplan

 SD Metro Magazine October 14, 2014 Tamatha Clemens has joined the Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek law firm as of counsel to its family law practice. Clemens has more than 17 years of legal experience in…

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Chapter 11 Confirmation Issues

By Dennis Wickham The goal of Chapter 11 is reorganization through confirmation of a Plan of Reorganization. There are three steps toward confirming the Plan: (1) obtaining court approval of a disclosure statement, whose purpose…

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Overview Of Bankruptcy Basics

By Dennis Wickham The purpose of bankruptcy laws has changed greatly over the years. The word “bankruptcy” stems from the practice in the middle ages when merchants could not pay their creditors. The unpaid creditors…

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Current Education Training Modules

For more information about SCMV’s training modules, contact Danny Eaton “Sexual Harassment and Workplace Conduct Seminars” — California law requires employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. These multi-media, interactive seminars…

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An Ounce of Prevention: Drug Testing

By Daniel Eaton AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: DRUG TESTING Californians like their privacy. In 1974, California voters approved an amendment to the California constitution expressly recognizing a Californian’s right to privacy against both the state…

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Top Attorneys 2014: Parisa Weiss, Finalist

The Daily Transcript Parisa Weiss Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek Education Law School:  Thomas Jefferson School of Law College:  University of Kansas Major Cases I represent individuals and businesses in the areas of estate planning, trust…

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Seltzer Caplan Law Firm Adds to Family Law Practice

By SD Metro Magazine June 6, 2014 The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has added Marianne Barth to the firm’s family law practice. Barth has more than 20 years of legal experience. Her significant expertise in…

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Seltzer Caplan Associate Certified as Taxation Law Specialist

By SD Metro Magazine July 14, 2014 Brian M. Katusian, an associate at the San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, has been certified as a specialist in taxation law by the State…

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Law and Junior League Cast a Spell Over Andrea Nelson Myers of La Jolla

Law and Junior League Cast a Spell Over Andrea Nelson Myers of La Jolla La Jolla Light By STAFF, July 2, 2014 Andrea Nelson Myers is an attorney at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, who specializes in resolving complex business and property…

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High Court Looks at Cellphone Searches

High Court Looks at Cellphone Searches By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript Monday, May 5, 2014 Technology is advancing so quickly, it’s difficult for the law to keep up. The U.S. Supreme Court is trying to play catch-up by hearing…

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EU pushes to change the way Americans say cheese

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript European Union officials are making a stink about how other countries are identifying cheese that has its roots in Italy, Greece and other European nations. The EU is trying…

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What OT hike could mean in California

By Jonathan Horn, U-T San Diego President Obama is expected to issue an executive order on Thursday that could increase overtime eligibility for millions of salaried workers across the country. While the details haven’t been…

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Avoiding Frivilous Lawsuits

Elihu Root, the great early-twentieth century New York attorney and former Secretary of War, once said: “About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and…

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An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing Liability under the FMLA

Even where an employer is not guilty of disability discrimination, the employer may be liable for substantial damages to a former employee if the employer has failed to comply with the detailed requirements of the…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2013

Bankruptcy Year In Review San Diego County Bar Association February 4, 2014   UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Bullock v BankChampaign, NA, ___ U.S. ___, 133 S.Ct. 754, 185 L.Ed.2d 922 (2013) Defalcation while acting in…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Trademarks

By John Alspaugh TRADEMARK BASICS What is a trademark? A trademark is any word, phrase, symbol, or device that distinguishes one company’s goods or services from those of its competitors. A trademark is often referred…

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Top 10 Legal Ethics Rulings of 2013

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Attorneys build trust through communication, knowledge

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript For attorneys handling financial matters, communication and knowledge are key to gaining a client’s trust.  Estate planning attorneys, especially, need to be viewed as a trusted adviser since they…

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Seltzer Caplan’s Nichols Certified as Specialist

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek’s Laura Nichols has been certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and  probate law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. She…

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Automatic Stay Litigation

By Dennis Wickham, Shareholder Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek The mere filing of a bankruptcy petition creates an injunction preventing acts against the Debtor or its assets. The injunction applies to all creditors whether or not…

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La Jolla Resident Named a Woman Who Moves the City and Finalist for Woman of the Year

La Jolla Patch Andrea Nelson Myers, an attorney with the San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, has been named a San Diego Magazine Woman Who Moves the City and finalist for Woman…

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Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek Acquires The Trademark Group

By Jonathan Horn, U-T San Diego The San Diego-based law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has acquired The Trademark Group, a La Jolla-based law firm specializing in trademark protection and enforcement. Marnie Barnhorst, Trademark Group’s…

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New regulations on mobile eateries spark debate

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript Food trucks, once an inventive way to serve those looking to eat out, have come to be seen as a threat to traditional restaurants, initiating turf battles across the…

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Seltzer Caplan’s David Dorne on taxes, investment

San Diego Daily Transcript Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with David Dorne, a senior partner with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, about tax policies and the importance of prudent investment and planning. Click here to view…

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After 25 Years, Family Law Practitioner Still Finds Love For the Complexity of Divorce

San Diego, CA—After working on over 100 trials involving everything from construction law to personal injury, Gerald McMahon says he still thinks of family law cases as being some of the most challenging and rewarding…

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Top 10 Legal Ethics Rulings of 2012

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Attorney’s longevity can be attributed to his creativity

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript Veteran attorney Robert Caplan has accomplished a lot in his 50-plus years practicing law, and he’s not done yet. He has a thriving real property law practice and is…

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Social Media and the Changing Workplace

Employment attorney is at leading edge of developments By Jonathan Horn  U-T San Diego As it is with so many areas of life, the Internet is changing the nature of the workplace. Employees carry smartphones…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2012

Bankruptcy Section of the San Diego County Bar Association   UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Radlax Gateway Hotel LLC v. Amalgamated Bank 566 U.S. ___; 182 L.Ed.2d 967; 132 S.Ct.2064 (2012) Chapter 11 cram down plan…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2011

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Ransom v. FIA Card Services ___ U.S. ___; 178 L.Ed.2d 603; 131 S.Ct. 716 (2011) Chapter 13. A debtor who does not actually have car loan/lease payments may not use the…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2010

San Diego County Bar Association UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Hamilton v. Lanning ___ U.S. ____, 130 S.Ct. 2464, 177 L.Ed.2d 23 (2010) Court may consider future income/ expenses known or virtually certain at the time…

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