Elizabeth Van Clief, LL.M. Achieves Certification by the State Bar in Taxation Law

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Elizabeth Van Clief, a partner of the Scripps Ranch law firm Butterfield Schechter LLP specializing in ERISA and employee benefits matters, earned a certified legal specialist designation in taxation law from the State Bar of California. Ms. Van Clief is one of only forty certified specialists in taxation law in San Diego.

The State Bar of California established a program for certifying legal specialists in specified areas of law to identify to the public attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in the specialty fields and to encourage attorney competence. The Taxation Law specialty requires candidates to successfully pass a written examination and to practice law continuously during the five years immediately preceding the submission of his or her application for certification and, in each of those five years, have practiced law in the area in which certification is sought for at least 25% of the time the applicant has spent in occupational endeavors.

Ms. Van Clief earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor degree and Masters of Laws in Taxation degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law. To contact Ms. Van Clief, please e-mail her at evc@bsllp.com or call her at (858) 444-2300.

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