SCMV Welcomes Litigator Ora Lupear and Tax Attorney Austin Peterson

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SCMV Welcomes Litigator Ora Lupear and Tax Attorney Austin Peterson

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek (SCMV) is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to the firm: Ora Lupear and Austin Peterson. Each brings extensive experience and focused backgrounds to enhance the firm’s Litigation and Transactional Tax Planning & Controversy practices.

Lupear, a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer, joins SCMV’s Litigation Department. With a distinguished track record representing both institutional and individual shareholders in complex business disputes, Lupear has experience with securities class actions, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder derivative actions. Prior to joining SCMV, Lupear practiced at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, where he helped achieve significant recoveries for investors through high-profile litigation, including in Stewart N. Goldstein, M.D. v. Alexander J. Denner, et al., (“Bioverativ”), and was a key member of the litigation and trial teams in In re Oracle Corporation Derivative Litigation and In re Tesla Motors, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. He holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

“Ora brings a depth of experience and a proven track record that will greatly enhance our litigation capabilities,” said Litigation Department Chair Greg Vega. “His strategic insights, stellar research skills and courtroom prowess are assets that will benefit our clients and strengthen our position in complex litigations.”

Peterson, a former senior associate at PWC, joins SCMV’s Transactional Tax Planning & Tax Controversy Department. Peterson helps clients navigate complex tax issues and minimize risks associated with financial decisions. His background includes extensive experience in state and local tax due diligence, particularly in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Peterson helps clients with tax planning, compliance and controversy. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law with a specialization in Business Law & Policy.

“Austin is a standout in the field of tax law, with a keen understanding of the intricate tax landscape and a strategic approach to compliance and litigation,” said Tax Planning & Controversy Department Chair Brian Katusian. “His experience will be invaluable to our clients, particularly in these times of rapid regulatory changes.”

About Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek provides experienced and skilled legal guidance across the full spectrum of business and litigation issues and delivers high-quality client service no matter the size or complexity of the matter. Founded in 1948, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is one of San Diego’s largest and oldest law firms and represents a wide range of clients, from large international corporations to mid-size companies to individuals and families. Learn more at