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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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Kristin Byrnes Kristin Byrnes, CEO and president of Newport Beach, California-based nonprofit Project Access, has announced that she will be leaving the organization after 11 years when a successor is found. She joi... Read More
March 20, 2015
Vern Underwood EY has honored Vern Underwood of Young’s Market Company, a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits and selected beverages in the western United States, with a special Lifetime Achievement Award as ... Read More
March 16, 2015
Arnetta Robinson “Close your eyes and imagine what your last day would look like.” This is the scenario Arnetta Robinson presents her patients on a daily basis. As community relations liaison at Sea Crest Home Health ... Read More
March 13, 2015
Scott Krueger Scott Krueger is the new Chief Financial Officer for Irvine-based accounting firm White Nelson Diehl Evans. He has 20 years of experience as a financial executive. With over 130 staff members, WNDE ... Read More
March 12, 2015
Patty Mouton At a March 9 State Capitol ceremony, Laguna Niguel resident Patty Mouton was named by Assemblyman Matthew Harper 2015 Woman of the Year for the 74th Assembly District. As vice president of outreach an... Read More
March 11, 2015
Kenneth Gundersen Kenneth Gundersen, CPA, has joined Irvine-based Allen, Haight & Monaghan LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors (AHM) as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gundersen had twent... Read More
March 10, 2015
Edward Wu MVE + Partners, a leading architecture, planning and design firm, announces the promotion of Edward Wu to Senior Associate Partner. In his new role, Wu will oversee complex projects throughout design ... Read More
March 09, 2015
Yazdan Emrani Yazdan Emrani, P.E., is named Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County Branch. Yaz is Sr. Vice President of Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Ass... Read More
March 03, 2015