San Diego Business Journal Women in Law Profile: Rhonda Crandall

Rhonda Crandall, a shareholder at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, has over two decades of experience in tax and estate planning. Her legal practice is split between estate planning and administration and transactional tax planning, with a focus on Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges.

Rhonda has extensive experience in structuring and implementing tax-deferred exchanges, including complex transactions involving partnership restructuring, reverse and build-to-suit exchanges, and multi-asset exchanges involving properties valued in excess of $100 million.

Her trust and estates practice includes multi-generational estate planning, business succession planning, charitable gift planning, and trust administration. Rhonda uses a host of strategies, including gifts and sales to irrevocable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, life insurance trusts, and family limited partnerships, to maximize the use of clients’ available gift and estate tax exclusions to preserve wealth for their families.

Rhonda was drawn to estate and tax law because she enjoys the almost puzzle-like challenge of working through complex laws to structure great outcomes for clients. Translating complicated tax laws into plain English is one of Rhonda’s strengths.

Rhonda received her bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her Master of Laws in Taxation, cum laude, from the University of San Diego.

An Arizona native, Rhonda enjoyed vacationing in San Diego with her family when she was a child. Rhonda and her husband, Scott, live in Pacific Beach with their two daughters, ages 11 and 9.

Rhonda can be reached at

October 2, 2020  |  Categories: News
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