Barnhorst was a partner with the San Diego law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, where he practiced business transactions, mergers and acquisitions.
"He was wonderfully personable," said Bob Caplan, the firm's managing partner. "The sort of person that just everybody liked. If he had any enemies in the world, I didn’t know about them."
Barnhorst was a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. He spent two stints with Seltzer Caplan, where he had been practicing for the last 10 years. His wife, Marnie Wright Barnhorst is of counsel with the firm.
"His main quality was the ability to deal with other people," Caplan said. "He was a very bright and talented attorney.
"He was just unabashedly optimistic. He thought he could accomplish what he set out to do -- and what the client wanted -- and most times, he did."
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