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Ellis Wasson Rutan & Tucker LLP, Orange County’s largest full-service law firm, recently announced that seasoned attorney Ellis Wasson has joined the firm as a partner in its Corporate, Securities and Tax Section. Wasson's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, taxation, tax litigation, and financings, as well as general corporate matters. He has represented clients in many high-stakes tax controversy cases before the United States Tax Court, California state courts, the State Board of Equalization and the Multistate Tax Commission, and in administrative appeals and protests before state and federal tax authorities. His diverse client experience ranges from counseling some of the largest worldwide food distribution companies to family-owned start-up companies and private equity funds. He has represented clients in the food import and distribution, medical products manufacturing and distribution, and real estate sectors, among others. Wasson comes to Rutan from Wasson and Simon, LLP, a tax and business law firm he founded in Orange County. Prior experience includes serving as a partner in the Orange County office of Gartenberg Gelfand Wasson & Selden, LLP, and previously as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. Earlier in his career, he was a senior manager in the tax and mergers and acquisitions group of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has taught national continuing education classes in the areas of tax planning for business start-ups, as well as partnerships and Limited Liability Company (LLC) taxation. He is an author of the California CEB Guides: Selecting and Forming Business Entities and Limited Partnerships.
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Leslie McSparran Death is not something to fear, according to St. Joseph Hospice volunteer Leslie McSparran. When her father was diagnosed with cancer in 1994, McSparran traveled back to Maryland to care for him. McSp... Read More
August 19, 2014
Stephen Williams Hein & Associates recently appointed Stephen T. Williams the National Director of International Tax Services. Williams brings over 25 years of experience assisting international companies and individ... Read More
August 19, 2014
Arthur Ong The Wooden Floor appointed PIMCO Executive Vice President Arthur Ong to its Board of Directors. Ong holds 27 years of legal experience with a J.D. from Fordham School of Law and currently sits on the ... Read More
August 15, 2014
Jim Driscoll The Wooden Floor appointed Jim Driscoll as Chairman of the Board. He holds several years Board Leadership experience, previously serving as Vice-Chair and where he was instrumental in furthering the B... Read More
August 15, 2014
James Owens James Owens, associate vice president and a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley, has been appointed MOMS Orange County’s board president. In this role he will use his financial background to help ensu... Read More
August 13, 2014
Konita Wilks Konita Wilks, DDS, is now dental director for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, one of the largest nonprofit dental health providers for children. Prior to completing her dental education at U... Read More
August 13, 2014
Jim McAleer Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County's (AAOC) President and CEO Jim McAleer will receive the Senior Care Hero Awards’ 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Well-respected for his work serving the aging p... Read More
August 12, 2014
Richard Trillwood Richard Trillwood, founder and president of Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. (EBE), a state-of-the-art electron beam and laser beam welding company in Anaheim, is proud to announce that his company has... Read More
August 12, 2014
Brittany Hoffman Brittany Hoffman, CPA, of Aliso Viejo has been promoted to senior in the Audit and Business Advisory Services department at Haskell & White, one of the largest independently owned accounting, auditing... Read More
August 11, 2014
Mark Monaco Mark Monaco has been appointed to the position of vice president, wealth management for First American Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, which provides investme... Read More
August 11, 2014
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