David J. Dorne

David J. Dorne is a shareholder and chair of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek’s Business Department. His practice emphasizes private client transactions, including tax advice and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and health care law.


Mr. Dorne received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1969 and he holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1973.

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Mr. Dorne was with the New York law firm of White & Case.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of New York
  • Personal Income Tax Subcommittee of the California State Bar, Past Chair

Community Affiliations

  • San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, Past President
  • San Diego Eye Bank

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent Lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar

Professional Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law category
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, 2007-2023
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Super Lawyers – Business Edition for Tax
  • San Diego Super LawyersBusiness Edition for Tax
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® as AV Preeminent™


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