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CGS3 Partners Recognized in Legal System’s Preeminent Guide

August 23, 2016 CGS3 CGS3 Team

Dana Schiffman Named Lawyer of the Year


SAN DIEGO (August 23, 2016) – Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) partner Dana Schiffman has been selected by his peers as a San Diego “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a prestigious national ranking of attorneys selected through an exhaustive annual peer-review process. Firm partner Phil Jelsma is also recognized by Best Lawyers in the 2017 edition in the “Tax Law” category.

Cgs3 Partners Recognized In Legal System’s Preeminent Guide

Dana Schiffman

According to Best Lawyers, only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a Lawyer of the Year – each is selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. The honor reflects the highest level of respect a lawyer has earned among other attorneys based on his or her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. Both Schiffman and Jelsma were first recognized in the publication in 2011, and Jelsma was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Tax Law in San Diego in the 2011 and 2016 editions.

Because of the exacting methodology involved, the annual ranking is regarded as the industry’s definitive guide to legal excellence. For three decades, Best Lawyers has become a resource for both lawyers and clients looking for top legal talent.

CGS3 provides services throughout the entire commercial real estate life cycle – both Jelsma and Schiffman have considerable experience in all aspects of commercial real estate law:

Cgs3 Partners Recognized In Legal System’s Preeminent Guide

Phil Jelsma

Jelsma is chair of the tax practice team at CGS3. He is widely recognized as one of the state’s leading joint venture and tax attorneys, with a 30-year background in real estate exchange transactions, syndications, nonprofit corporations and international tax planning.

Schiffman is well versed in a wide range of acquisition, development, leasing and financing matters for a variety of commercial real estate projects. His experience includes large portfolio sales, development agreements, CC&Rs, complex ground leases, build-to-suit leases and anchor retail leases.

About Best Lawyers

Since 1983, Best Lawyers has compiled lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because attorneys do not pay a fee for the listing, Best Lawyers has gained respect as the country’s most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. In addition to the print version, Best Lawyers in America is posted online at

About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

Since its inception in 2013, CGS3 has emerged as the preeminent real estate law firm in Southern California, attracting some of the state’s finest real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions.

With practice areas including land use, finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, leasing, distressed assets and litigation/disputes, CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, California 92130 and 2425 Olympic Boulevard, Suite 4000W, Santa Monica, California 90404. For more information, visit

Media contact:  Sydnie Moore (619) 823-8448