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Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s Partner Richard A. Shaw Receives John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award

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– University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association recognizes lawyer for ethical standards, achievements –

SAN DIEGO – September 17, 2015 – Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for over 75 years, announced today that Partner Richard A. Shaw received the John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Presented by the University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association, Shaw was recognized for exemplifying the highest quality and ethical standard in both his professional and community service activities.

“Dick is renowned for his work in taxation, corporate and estate planning law. He embodies the spirit of service both for his clients and the communities he serves,” said Henry Angelino, Executive Director at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “This award is very much deserved and we’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Dick’s caliber and experience at Higgs.”

An active member of the SDCBA for more than 47 years, Shaw served as President of the San Diego County Council Boy Scouts of America, President of the Eagle Scout Alumni Association, President of the San Diego Kiwanis Club, Chair of Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders, Chair of the Corporate Finance Council, founding Incorporator of the San Diego Bar Foundation, Chair of the Kiwanis Foundation and Executive Committee Member for the San Diego Museum of Art, Business Circle. In addition, he is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Antelope Award and Silver Beaver Award given by the Boy Scouts of America. Shaw is also a nationally respected lecturer, writer and distinguished adjunct professor for the University of San Diego Masters in Tax Law Program where he has taught for 37 years. He is well known for providing pro bono tax law assistance to young San Diego lawyers.

This year, the San Diego County Bar Association named Shaw “Outstanding Attorney of the Year” and he was also included on the “Super Lawyer” list which recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He is also considered a “Double Duck” for receiving his Bachelor of Science in 1959 and earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1962. In addition, he served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for more than a decade. He also holds an LL.M. in Taxation Law from New York University.

In practice, Shaw is noted for his service as Chair of the San Diego County Bar Business Law Section, California Bar Tax Section and the American Bar Association’s Tax Section where he has testified before Congress on corporate tax reform and simplification. He has also been prominent as an active executive committee member of the American Tax Policy Institute.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my alma mater for my work in the field,” said Shaw. “I’m passionate about what I do and am humbled to be counted among this distinguished group of alumni. They embody what it means to be a respected attorney and community servant. It’s indeed a privilege to be given this award.”

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