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Whether you are with a San Diego-based organization, a company headquartered elsewhere but doing business in the San Diego region or an individual with complex estate planning or family law issues, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has the experience and expertise to represent your interests. With over six decades of counseling businesses and individuals, we are configured to deliver the highest quality service to our clients, regardless of the complexity of the legal issue.

Our clients include large national and international firms, mid-size and small business enterprises, public and private-held companies, non-profits, families and individuals. We serve a wide range of clients, including:

  • financial institutions
  • commercial and residential real estate developers
  • manufacturers
  • hotel owners and operators
  • cross-border companies

The firm’s commitment to client focus led us to organize around industry groups in addition to the usual legal practice areas. These industry groups cut across practice areas and legal specialties and reflect our firm’s long-held belief, borne out by experience, that the practice of law is more about helping clients than anything else.

Among those industries we focus on are:

  • construction and real estate
  • physician groups
  • financial services
  • professional services
  • manufacturing
  • hospitality


CyberLucent CEO Stephen MacEwen and SCMV Cyber Planning & Response practice group leader Dennis Wickham.

SCMV  is proud to work with CyberLucent, one of San Diego’s exciting new companies.

CyberLucent provides cyber risk assessment and scoring for organizations, with an eye towards identifying areas of risk that can be proactively mitigated. Risk assessment is performed using artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and advanced big data analytics performed on data patterns inside a network, without the need to access any actual data. This approach enables CyberLucent to provide highly accurate risk assessment without introducing new risks into an organization. CyberLucent’s assessment goes beyond traditional “IT-centric” cybersecurity assessments and also assesses what an organization’s people are doing to raise or lower risk. As such, CyberLucent’s results can provide employees across an organization a view into how their decisions impact cyber risk.

Further, as CEO Stephen MacEwen notes, CyberLucent empowers an organization to address their cyber risk by enabling an ecosystem of cyber risk experts to apply CyberLucent’s assessment in order to deliver risk mitigation and risk transfer services more quickly and cost effectively. “SCMV is one of CyberLucent’s most important partners”, says MacEwen, “with the ability to deliver targeted legal services to clients based on CyberLucent’s assessment.”


Richard Bartell and Brian Seltzer

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has proudly represented San Diego hotel owner/operator Bartell Hotels since 1995.  Brian Seltzer, shown here with Bartell President and CEO Richard Bartell, leads the SCMV team providing real estate, corporate, land use, tax and estate planning services to the Bartell family. The family owned business, founded in 1967, owns and operates a number of iconic San Diego hotel properties, including Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island, awarded "Favorite Staycation Location" in the San Diego Union Tribune's "Best of" Reader's Choice Poll for 2017.

Matt Seltzer & Grossmont Center’s Nik Parrish

We were honored to represent regional shopping mall Grossmont Center in a transaction recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the Top Real Estate Deals of 2015 – in fact, it was named the Most Innovative Deal of the Year.  In that deal, attorney Matt Seltzer represented Rainbow Investment Co., the owner of Grossmont Center and a neighboring medical office project and the company’s principals, long-time clients Stephen and Larry Cushman, in negotiating more than 100 leases over the course of nearly two years with such tenants as Target, Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, CVS, Reading Cinemas and Barnes & Noble.

Grossmont Center has served the San Diego community from its La Mesa location since 1961. With 100 distinctive stores, over 20 restaurants, 10 large movie screens and unique events throughout the year, the center continues to be a favorite destination for generations of San Diegans.

Torrey Pines Bank executives (l-r):
CEO Gary Cady, Senior Vice President Francesca Castagnola, President and COO John Maguire

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has been honored to represent Torrey Pines Bank for 11 years. Founded in 2003, Torrey Pines Bank is focused on providing customers with direct access to local experts who can help advance their businesses and the local economy. The bank has 11 offices throughout San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. It is a recipient of the Peak Performance Award (National University School of Business), one of only 35 California banks recognized by the Findley Reports for achieving “Super Premier” performance and recently received a “Superior” ranking, the highest category and “simply the best by all measures” (IDC Management’s fourth quarter report of Bank Management Review). Executives attribute the bank’s success to its prudent banking practices, financial capacity, strong focus on customers and commitment to providing them with leading bankers who hail from the areas in which they serve.

“As a division of a $10 billion bank, Torrey Pines Bank has the capacity and flexibility to accommodate middle market businesses with the same high level of personalized service on which we have built our strong reputation,” said CEO Gary Cady. “Our service is our calling card, and we are committed to addressing the diverse needs of local organizations.”