The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that Robert S. Brewer has joined the firm as of counsel.

Brewer’s practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation and white-collar defense matters including government investigations, fraud, business and commercial torts, health care and intellectual property disputes.

Prior to joining SCMV, Brewer was a partner in the San Diego office of Jones Day. He also ran for San Diego County District Attorney in 2014.

Brewer gained significant trial experience as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, serving as a Deputy District Attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney – including Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division – prosecuting cases involving espionage, bank robberies, smuggling, narcotics, murder for hire and civil rights violations.

“It is a great privilege to join a San Diego firm with such a long and outstanding reputation as Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek,” said Brewer. “I have known and respected their lawyers for well over 30 years and very much look forward to practicing law with them.”

Before entering the field of law, Brewer was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam for 15 months as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division, in combat in both Cambodia and South Vietnam, and an operations officer with MACSOG. For his combat service in Vietnam he was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, four Air Medals (one for valor), the Joint Service Commendation Medal and various Vietnamese medals for valor.

Brewer became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1998. Two other SCMV attorneys are also fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers – Gerald McMahon and Reginald Vitek, making SCMV the only San Diego law firm with three members of this prestigious, invitation-only organization. Membership is based on mastering the art of advocacy and a professional career marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Brewer received the Daniel T. Broderick Award for Ethics and Civility in 2008. He is a Master in the Enright Inn of Court and was a board member of Federal Defenders for 10 years.

Brewer received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.

He resides in downtown San Diego with his wife, the Hon. Irma Gonzalez (retired).


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