The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that Ricardo Arias has joined the Litigation Department as an associate. Arias, who has worked at SCMV since 2013 first as a paralegal then a law clerk, will provide legal services and counsel foreign and domestic companies as they expand their businesses across national boundaries and global markets.
“While he’s not new to the team, Ricardo brings a fresh perspective to SCMV’s Litigation Department,” said shareholder Gregory A. Vega, chair of SCMV’s Litigation Department. “Over the past five years, he’s played an instrumental role in our team’s handling of white-collar defense and business litigation matters. Ricardo has effectively leveraged these experiences defending business executives, shareholders and owners to provide a pragmatic and well-rounded approach to cross-border matters.”
Prior to joining SCMV, Arias worked as a law clerk and interpreter with the nonprofit Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc. Arias was a certified legal intern for the San Diego County Public Defender Office and worked as a law clerk for the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center in Miami. In these roles, he served on legal teams defending business executives, shareholders and owners in trademark infringement, government investigation and extradition matters.
Arias earned his law degree from California Western School of Law, where he was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society and Moot Court Honors Board. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University, and studied abroad at the European School of Economics in London and Rome where he earned a Certificate in International Finance.
Admitted to practice in California, Arias is bilingual in English and Spanish.
About Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
Founded in 1948, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is dedicated to excellent client service while providing a full range of business and litigation legal services. A mid-sized firm with nearly 50 attorneys, located in downtown San Diego’s Symphony Towers, Seltzer Caplan is ideally positioned to deliver the highest quality service to clients, regardless of the complexity of the legal issue.
The firm’s diverse areas of practice include: Appellate, Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions, Complex Trial Litigation, Corporate and Business, ERISA & Employee Benefits, Estate Planning and Taxation, Family, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Land Use and Environmental, Professional Liability, Real Property Transactions and Litigation and Specialized Criminal Defense.
SCMV’s clients are large national and international firms, mid-size companies and small business enterprises. They include families and individuals, financial institutions, commercial and residential real estate developers, manufacturers, hotel owners and operators, major retailers, contractors, architects and other professionals, including accountants and attorneys.
For more information, please visit www.scmv.com.