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Corporate Transactional finalists

Craig Andrews

Heller Ehrman LLP

4350 La Jolla Village Drive, 7th Floor

San Diego, CA 92122-1246

Craig.Andrews@hellerehrman.com

(858) 450-5704

Education

Law School/Year: University of Michigan Law School, 1977

College/Year: University of California, Los Angeles, 1974

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Technology

Major cases you have participated in

In my almost 30 years of practice, some of the more notable deals include: representing sellers in over 50 acquisitions, including Frazee Paints, Pier 1 Imports, IPivot, Encad, Transwestern Publishing and Elgar Electronics; representing companies such as Digital Theater Systems, Collateral Therapeutics, Intermark, Dura Pharmaceuticals, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Biomagnetic Technologies and Rubio's Restaurants in their initial public offerings; and representing ground-breaking technology companies such as Coradiant, Tarari, USGI Medical, Artes Medical and Fallbrook Technologies.

Professional background

I have worked with emerging companies for almost 30 years, representing clients in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, collaborative partnerships, public and private securities offerings and venture capital financings. I represent both public and private companies, including those in the medical device, biotechnology, software, telecommunications, electronics, alternative energy and retail industries. Working with companies that change our world is hugely rewarding.

I joined Heller Ehrman in 2003 and am a member of the Corporate/VLG Practice and former co-chair of the firm's Venture Law Group. I was previously chair of the firm-wide corporate department at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison during 1998 and 1999 and was a member of the Policy Committee.

Professional affiliations

My professional affiliations include the State Bar of California. I am also member of the mayor's Special Task Force on Science & Technology, 2002-present.

Personal affiliations

Personal affiliations include: honorary consul of Denmark for San Diego, 1998-present; president, San Diego Consular Corps, 2004-present; board of directors of Rubio's Restaurants and Axxora Inc.; former board member of Collateral Therapeutics, Encad and Endonetics; former director of the San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego Venture Group and UCLA Alumni Association.

Personal background

Married to Christine Larsen Andrews for over 25 years. Two children, Lisa (age 24) and Daniel (age 21). Enjoy sports, especially tennis and martial arts. Hold a black belt in traditional Japanese shito-ryu karate.


David Boatwright

Latham & Watkins

600 W. Broadway, Suite 1800

San Diego, CA 92101

david.boatwright@lw.com

(619) 236-1234

Education

Law School/Year: Pepperdine, 1981

College/Year: Northern Arizona University, 1978

Bar Admissions

California, Oregon and Colorado

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Real Estate, Taxation

Major cases you have participated in

Recent representative corporate engagements include acting as tax counsel for: Flarion in its $800 million sale to Qualcomm; ViaSat on a couple of recent acquisitions; Oakley in connection with its recent acquisition of Oliver Peoples; and Conforma Therapeutics in connection with its recently announced acquisition by Biogen. Recent representative real estate engagements include acting as joint venture and tax counsel for JMI on a number of matters, including many in the ballpark district, and acting in the same capacity for KISCO Senior Living in Carlsbad. For client confidentiality reasons, I will not disclose the particulars of private transactions.

Professional background

I started tax practice in 1981 with Gray, Cary. In 1983, I joined Aylward, Kintz, Stiska, Wassenaar & Shannahan, named that year by The American Lawyer as one of the nation's best tax law firms. I became a partner of that firm in 1985. The firm merged with Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison in 1987. I ran Brobeck's San Diego tax practice until I left in 1990 to form Page, Polin, Busch & Boatwright. I ran that firm's business and tax practice for six years, at which time I became the partner in charge of Latham's San Diego tax practice.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego County Bar and the American Bar Association (tax section).

Personal affiliations

I serve as a member of the board of directors for The Monarch School Project, which supports a school for homeless and at-risk K-12 students in San Diego. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the board of directors of junior achievement of San Diego and Imperial counties. I serve as a member of Dean Ken Starr's board of visitors at Pepperdine Law School.

Personal background

I grew up in Arizona, wisely moved to San Diego and have been having good fun ever since.


Barbara Borden

Cooley Godward LLP

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

bborden@cooley.com

(858) 559-6064

Education

Law School/Year: Arizona State College of Law/1984 College/Year: University of Virginia/1981

Bar Admissions

California, Arizona (suspended because I no longer practice there)

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

I primarily focus on mergers and acquisitions, both public and private and securities offerings. Recently, I have represented Syrrx in its sale to Takeda Pharmaceuticals for about $280 million in cash, Idun Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Pfizer for about the same amount and GeneOhm Sciencies in its sale to Bechton Dickison for $230 million plus a $25 million earn-out. I represented Discus Dental in its purchase of the associated centers business of BriteSmile and represented Cubic Corp. in its cash tender offer for ECC International. I also have represented PacifiCare, The Titan Corp., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Corvas and Cypress in public offerings and 144A debt transactions.

Professional background

I have practiced law for more than 20 years as a business lawyer focused on complex transactions. Prior to entering private practice, I clerked for the Hon. William C. Canby of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I graduated from UVA with a B.A. with high distinction and I am a member of the Raven Society (an honorary literary society). I graduated law school magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. I was the articles editor of the Law Review.

Professional affiliations

I head the San Diego business practice for Cooley Godward and our merger and acquisition practice group. I am a member of two nonprofit boards of directors, Installation Gallery (which runs onsite-cross border art exhibitions) for more than 10 years and Kids Included Together.

Personal background

I have practiced full time my entire career and I am raising two girls. My older daughter, Rebecca, has Down Syndrome and is autistic, and therefore I spend time on her educational needs.


Robert Copeland

Duane Morris LLP

101 West Broadway, Suite 900

San Diego, CA 92101

RCopeland@duanemorris.com

(619 )744-2228

Education

Law School/Year: University of Southern California School of Law/1966

College/Year: Occidental College/1963

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I was the lead counsel in numerous acquisitions of technology assets and shares of technology companies over a period of 20 years. In addition I have participated as outside general counsel to the University of San Diego.

Professional background

I practice in the area of corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance, securities, real estate and mergers and acquisitions law. My clients have included startup business ventures, private and public U.S. and offshore manufacturing, construction and service corporations, media firms, real estate developers and syndicators. I have been listed in The Best Lawyers In America every year since 1987.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. I am also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Venture Group. I am a 1966 graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and a graduate of Occidental College.

Personal affiliations

Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, St. Bernard Software Inc., University of San Diego Business Link Executive Committee, American Cancer Society Community Partnership, University of San Diego Law School board of visitors


Jay deGroot

Morrison & Foerster

12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92130

jdegroot@mofo.com

(858) 720-5180

Education

Law School/Year: University of Notre Dame/1983

College/Year: University of Notre Dame/1977

Bar Admissions

California State Bar, American Bar Association

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

Initial Public Offerings: Company counsel -- Digirad and Santarus; Underwriter counsel -- Nuvasive and Volcano Therapeutics. Venture financings- Acorda ($55M), Hypnion ($48M), Predix ($43M), CancerVax ($41M), Kemia ($33M), Kanisa Pharmaceuticals ($25M), Cadence Pharmaceuticals ($21M). Forward ventures -- over 20 venture financings. $1 billion+ in merger and acquisition transactions.

Professional background

Corporate attorney in San Diego for over 20 years. Current chair of San Diego Corporate Group and firm-wide Emerging Company and Venture Capital Group for Morrison & Foerster. Formerly corporate partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and senior vice president and general counsel at ALARIS Medical Systems ($600M publicly-traded medical device company) and IVAC Medical Systems.

Professional affiliations

Board of directors for UCSD Cancer Institute, CONNECT and Morrison & Foerster, executive committee of CONNECT.


Jerry Gumpel

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92130

jgumpel@sheppardmullin.com

(858) 720-8965

Education

Law School/Year: University of Chicago/1980

Other Graduate School/Year: The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy/1977

College/Year: UCSD/1975

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, International, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I have participated in one of the most significant cross-border M&A transactions between the United States and Mexico of 2005, as well as several other significant cross-border M&A transactions involving the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Professional background

After graduating law school I moved directly to SD. I started at a small local firm that eventually merged into a national firm. In 1984 I started my own firm, Clark & Gumpel, as a boutique practice for in-bound investments. This lasted until 1988, when I joined Zevnik Horton. I left that firm in 2000 to join Sheppard Mullin and head up Sheppard's International Practice. I specialize in cross-border deals, inbound and outbound. I am originally from Ecuador, South America. As a bicultural and bilingual lawyer I focus primarily on Mexico.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the SDCBA and of the ABA. I am a member of the ABA's Commission on Diversity; I am a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Mexico Bar Association.


Mike Hird

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

11682 El Camino Real, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92130

mike.hird@pillsburylaw.com

(858) 509-4024

Education

Law School/Year: Harvard/1988

College/Year: Occidental College/1984

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

No cases -- just transactions and companies. I have worked with dozens of Southern California's most exciting technology companies -- from large-cap public companies like IDEC Pharmaceuticals (now Biogen IDEC) to startup companies like Goowy Media. Pillsbury provides a brilliant platform with immense resources to help technology-oriented growth companies achieve their goals -- from formation to financings to technology acquisitions/dispositions to product development and commercialization to value realization events or "exit strategies."

Professional background

I live two professional lives. I work pretty long days as a corporate attorney, primarily working with businesses that are technology-oriented and very aggressive in their growth or development objectives. I also live a second life as a participant in the startup community, which means that I read a lot of business plans, share a lot of cups of coffee with budding entrepreneurs, kiss a lot of frogs and make a lot of introductions. San Diego does a lot of things very well -- but the way this community embraces and incubates entrepreneurs and startup companies is one of the things we do the best.

Professional affiliations

Board member of the San Diego Venture Group and CONNECT.

Personal affiliations

I am an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 2000 (Encinitas).

Personal background

I am a fourth generation San Diegan and a graduate of Crawford High School (where I was proud to be part of one of the finest high school water polo programs San Diego has ever seen -- but that was a long time ago). I have a wife, Sue, who is far too good for me (just ask my friends -- and hers) and two exceptionally witty and occasionally charming children (Tom and Caitlin). I still swim in the ocean with my high school buddy, Richard Kiy. I play golf once a year at Mission Bay with my high school friends, Jim Lewis and Dave Perkins, and we all talk about when our high school student body president, Katy McDonald, will return to San Diego to be our mayor.


Cameron Jay ("Jay") Rains

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP

4365 Executive Drive, Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92121

jay.rains@dlapiper.com

(858) 677-1476

Education

Law School/Year: University of Notre Dame/1981

College/Year: College of the Holy Cross/1978

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

I concentrate on corporate finance, venture capital, strategic partnering, SEC registered public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Clients: Retail and Consumer -- P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., Jack in the Box, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. (Souplantation), Barbeques Galore, Daphne's Greek Café, AmNet Mortgage Inc., Accredited Home Lenders; Technology and Life Sciences -- QUALCOMM Incorporated, Invitrogen Corp., SeQual Technologies Inc., Mi8 Corp., Rincon Pharmaceuticals Inc., HK Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Professional background

I joined Gray Cary Ames & Frye in 1981, and am now co-chair of the global corporate group of the newly merged firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP.

Professional affiliations

UCSD "CONNECT" Program for Technology and Entrepreneurship, San Diego Venture Group

Personal affiliations

Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association, chairman, 2008 U.S. Open Committee, past president and member of the board of directors of the Century Club of San Diego (General Chairman of the Year 2000 Buick Invitational), Director Emeritus of the San Diego International Sports Council

Personal background

My wife's name is Kathleen and we have two children.


Richard Shaw

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP

401 West A Street, Suite 2600

San Diego, California 92101

shawr@higgslaw.com

(619) 236-1551

Education

Law School/Year: University of Oregon/1962

Other Graduate School/Year: New York University Law School/1963

College/Year: University of Oregon/1959

Bar Admissions

California, Oregon, Arizona, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit), United States District Court: Arizona, California (Southern, Central), United States Tax Court, United States Federal Claims Court, United States Count of Military Appeals

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust, Taxation

Major cases you have participated in

My primary representation is in handling business planning and engaging in a tax and estate planning practice. This includes business and tax planning on minor matters up to sales of businesses worth over $100 million. A significant part of my practice includes tax litigation involving millions of dollars. In one case a federal district court awarded me the then-highest legal fee award (three times the IRS terms) for successfully contesting an improper government jeopardy assessment of a California corporation. I am regularly successful in resolving tax disputes with the IRS.

Professional background

I began practice as a captain in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corp. at the Pentagon where I specialized in tax and procurement law for three years. I have practiced in San Diego for 38 years and have been the managing tax partner of Higgs Fletcher & Mack since 2000. I am a California Certified Taxation Law Specialist.

I have lectured as a distinguished adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law Masters in Taxation Program in advanced business planning and corporate tax planning since 1978. I frequently lecture nationally on business and tax issues and on legal ethics and professional responsibility. I publish more than 30 tax and business articles in such publications as the Tax Lawyer and Major Tax Planning and the NYU Tax Institute. I am currently editor of business entities and have previously been editor of the Federal Bar Journal, Oregon Law Review, Tax Lawyer and the Journal on S Corporation Taxation. I serve on the advisory board of the NYU Tax Institute and University of Oregon Dean's Advisory Council.

Professional affiliations

I recently completed a term as chair of the ABA Section of Taxation, a 200,000-member national association of tax lawyers, and am past president of the American Bar Retirement Association. In my role as chair of the American Bar Association and earlier as chair of the California State Bar Tax Section, I testified before Congress and the IRS on corporate tax reform and tax shelters, and the critical need for tax simplification. I previously served as a regent (director) of the American College of Tax Council, and presently serve as a trustee of the American Tax Policy that supports academic research in the field of tax policies and have been honored to be listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years, and in "Who's Who in American Law" since the first edition, as well as "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World."

Personal affiliations

I have served as president of the San Diego County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served on national staff at one world and two national jamborees. I am president of the Eagle Scout Alumni Association in San Diego and have been the recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Antelope Award and the Local Silver Beaver Award given by the Boy Scouts. I also treasure the opportunity to serve as the president of San Diego Kiwanis Club. I have chaired the Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders Program, and have chaired the Corporate Finance Council, the Kiwanis Foundation and had the opportunity to support the fine arts of San Diego as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Circle of San Diego Museum of Art.

Personal background

I started life with a twin brother who ultimately became a psychiatrist and is currently chief of child psychiatry at the University of Miami. I was born in Oregon in 1937 and got to live in a rural community, Beaverton, Ore., at a time when life was much simpler before the trauma of World War II. After the war at the age of 9 I was on the first ship of American families to go to Japan in which I observed the direct impact of that terrible conflict where my father, a former attorney in Oregon, continued his military career. Since I planned to practice law in Oregon, I attended the University of Oregon undergraduate and graduate law program. Upon discovering the challenges of tax practice, I applied for and received a teaching fellowship at NYU where I finally obtained my masters in taxation law and a career foundation. In 1993 to 1996 I satisfied a military commitment in Judge Advocate General Corp. My wife Jo Ann and I have one son, Kevin, doctor of electrical engineering degree with 23 patents, and three delightful grandchildren.


David Snyder

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

501 West Broadway, Suite 1100

San Diego, California 92101

dave.snyder@pillsburywinthrop.com

(619) 544-3369

Education

Law School/Year: Cornell Law School/1974

College/Year: Michigan State University/1971

Bar Admissions

California, United States Tax Court, Registered Foreign Lawyer, The Law Society of England and Wales

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

I have served as lead counsel in numerous public offerings of equity and debt securities, representing Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange public companies in their ongoing SEC reporting obligations and handling private placement and public and private merger and acquisition transactions. I have counseled boards and special committees of directors in contested takeovers and in stockholder litigation in California, Delaware and federal courts. Notable recent matters I have handled include the merger of Biogen Inc. and Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp., the initial public offering of MediciNova Inc. and the sale of Hamilton Group in a public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Professional background

I have spent my entire career in San Diego, beginning with the firm of Jenkins & Perry in 1974. I remain close to my mentor, Bill Jenkins, and have been proud to be a partner with Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Professional affiliations

I am a member and former chair of the Subcommittee on Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, past editor of a survey on Federal Securities Law Developments published in The Business Lawyer and a frequent speaker on matters of corporate and securities law. I have been profiled in the last several additions of The Best Lawyers in America and Chamber's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Personal affiliations

I am a past chair of the Children's Hospital Foundation board, a member of the boards of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, Children's Physician Medical Services Corp. and the San Diego Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization of the San Diego Foundation.

Personal background

Born Kalamazoo, Mich., Oct. 9, 1949. Married Phyllis Alford Snyder Aug. 14, 1971. Children Jason Richard Snyder (age 31) and Carrie Snyder Vilaplana (age 27).


Deyan Spiridonov Paul Hastings 3579 Valley Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92130 deyanspiridonov@paulhastings.com (858) 720-2500

Education

Law School/Year: University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School/1997

College/Year: University of California, Berkeley/1994 Bar admissions California, New York

Practice areas Corporate Business

Professional affiliations I practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions and have represented public and private companies in the telecommunications, semiconductor, software, technology-related defense contracting, biotechnology and financial industries. I have experience in structuring and negotiating all aspects of acquisition transactions, including stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, mergers, tender offers, going-private transactions, leveraged buy-outs and joint ventures. In addition, I represent companies and special committees to the board of directors in connection with hostile takeovers and anti-takeover defenses, including poison pills and general anti-takeover planning and strategic advice.


Gary Spradling

Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne

401 West A Street, Suite 2400

San Diego, CA 92101

spradling@dsmwlaw.com

(619) 231-3666

Education

Law School/Year: Hastings College of the Law/1972

College/Year: SE Missouri State University/1966

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association, California Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association

Practice Areas

Commercial, Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

My practice is transactional in nature, providing general consultation and advice with respect to a wide variety of business, corporate and health care clients, including startup of new businesses, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements, health care contracting, licensing and regulatory issues, affiliation and consolidation of medical groups and related matters.

Professional background

Worked as an associate for Gray Cary Ames & Frye following graduation from law school in 1972. Opened up an office for that firm in Escondido in 1976. Left that firm to form my own firm in 1978, Duckor & Spradling, and the firm continues in existence to date with a general business, corporate and health care transactional practice and business litigation practice. As an adjunct to my health care practice, I have lectured regionally and nationally on physician compensation, practice management companies, consolidation of medical groups and managed care contractual arrangements

Professional affiliations

American Health Lawyers Association, Health Law Section of the ABA, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys

Personal affiliations

Member, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

Personal background

Grew up in Southeast Missouri. After graduation from college, joined the U.S. Army and attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. Served as a second lieutenant in Arizona and a first lieutenant in Korea. Played baseball for the Second Infantry Division baseball team. Attended law school after discharge from the U.S. Army. Married a high school classmate, Joy Spradling, in 1966, following graduation from college. Have two sons, Bryn, who is an associate in my law firm, and Ryan, who is a real estate sales associate with Burnham Real Estate.


John Tishler

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92130

jtishler@sheppardmullin.com

(858) 720-8943

Education

Law School/Year: Yale Law School/1992

College/Year: Cornell University, 1989/with distinction

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, American Bar Association

Practice Areas

Corporate Business, Technology

Major cases you have participated in

I have represented numerous public companies including American Technology Corp., Axesstel Inc., KFx Inc., MicroIslet Inc., Open Energy Corp., and Overland Storage Inc. in public and private securities offerings, corporate governance and public reporting. I represented Pine Tree Lumber Co. and Interplan Corp. in their acquisitions by private investor groups. I have also represented emerging growth and venture-capital financed companies, including SiliconSystems Inc. and Ebert Composites Corp. I have also represented prominent executives in matters relating to securities law obligations and executive compensation.

Professional background

I am a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin's Del Mar Heights office. I graduated from Yale Law School in 1992 and practiced in Denver, Colo., before moving to San Diego in 1998.

Professional affiliations

I am an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, teaching advanced deal structures, and regularly lecturing on corporate law, strategic partnering and executive compensation.

Personal background

I was born in Northbrook, Ill., and attended college at Cornell University, earning a bachelor's degree in economics, with distinction in all subjects. I am married and live in Point Loma. I have a newborn son and am co-parent to two teenagers. I enjoy music, digital photography and the many attractions of San Diego.


Thomas Welk

Cooley Godward LLP

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

twelk@cooley.com

(858) 550-6016

Education

Law School/Year: Gonzaga, 1989

College/Year: New York University, 1990

Bar Admissions

Washington, California

Practice Areas

Taxation

Major cases you have participated in

I work exclusively in the area of compensation and benefits. I am not a litigator, so I have not participated in any major cases.

Professional background

I have been working in the area of compensation and benefits for the past 16 years (exclusively in this area for the past 12 years). This area includes ERISA, qualified retirement plans, executive compensation issues, equity compensation, COBRA, HIPAA, etc. I currently work with over 50 publicly-traded corporations and well over 100 privately-held companies. My practice necessitates thorough knowledge and understanding of tax, securities, accounting, ERISA, the rules of the self-regulatory organizations and institutional shareholders and their advocates, and a broader familiarity with labor and employment, general corporate and partnership law.

Professional affiliations

I have been a member of the board of the Silicon Valley Employee Benefits Association (SVEBA), the San Diego Chapters of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference (WP&BC) and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP). I am the programs chair for the San Diego Chapter of the NASPP. I have given presentations at the NASPP (both at San Diego Chapter meetings and at the National Conference) and was chosen to speak at the national conference again this fall. I have also presented to the WP&BC, the American Electronics Association, Tax Executives Institute, the SVEBA, WorldatWork's National Conference, Transcentive's National Conference, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Association of Biotechnology Financial Officers, the Association of Corporate Counsel of America and many more, and was voted outstanding member of the San Diego Chapter of the NASPP. I have also published several articles on employee benefits law, have been quoted multiple times in various publications including Compliance Week and The Corporate Executive, and am one of three primary authors of a tax management portfolio on statutory stock options (a recently-submitted update to the current portfolio).

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