BEST LAWYERS NAMES TWO LUCE FORWARD PARTNERS 2011 SAN DIEGO LAWYERS OF THE YEAR – The Law Firm Newswire – Partners Charles A. Bird and Phillip L. Jelsma named San Diego Appellate and Tax Lawyers of the Year, respectively

SAN DIEGO (November 3, 2010) – Charles A. Bird and Phillip L. Jelsma, partners with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, were named two of the 2011 San Diego Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publications in the legal profession. Bird received the honor of San Diego Appellate Lawyer of the Year and Jelsma was named San Diego Tax Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers’ “Lawyers of the Year” is composed of high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities, including Banking Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Real Estate Law. A single lawyer in each specialty in each community is chosen for the honor. Best Lawyers selects each Lawyer of the Year by conducting extensive peer-reviewed surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Bird has over 30 years of experience in appeals and writs in all California and federal appellate courts, with more than 200 appeals and writs as lead counsel. He also has been the lead counsel in more than 60 cases with published opinions, including U.S. Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, and U.S. Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Bird was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006 in the Appellate Law and Commercial Litigation categories.

Jelsma practices in tax, securities, and corporate financing as well as corporate, limited liability company and partnership income tax planning. His experience includes representing taxpayers in disputes with the IRS, Franchise Tax Board and local jurisdictions, real estate transactions, workouts, syndications, nonprofit corporations and international tax planning. Jelsma frequently advises clients regarding entity formation, the issuance of stock and other ownership interests, recapitalizations and reorganizations, officer and director issues, corporate governance, stock option and appreciation rights plans, and contract preparation.

About Luce Forward
Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with a national reputation in more than 30 different areas of law. Since its founding in San Diego in 1873, Luce Forward has grown to become home to approximately 200 attorneys in six offices statewide including San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit

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