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Douglas L. Wood joins Burch & Cracchiolo

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that Douglas L. Wood has joined the firm as an Associate. Wood is an attorney who practices in the areas of business and corporate law, estate planning and probate, and tax controversy. Prior to joining the firm, Wood practiced as a certified public accountant with a large national accounting firm focusing his practice on taxation.

During his time in the accounting profession, he addressed numerous tax matters for a variety of clients including tax compliance for various partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. Wood specialized in the construction and real estate industry, performing a variety of services related to clients in this industry such as 1031 like kind exchanges and cost certification engagements related to Arizona low income housing tax credits.

Wood also participated in numerous financial statement attestation engagements such as audits, reviews, and compilations during his practice as a certified public accountant.  Prior to working as a certified public accountant, he was a legal intern at Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack in San Diego where he focused his practice on corporate law and tax controversy.

Wood received his J.D. from California Western School of law in 2013. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he graduated with a Master’s of Accountancy with an emphasis is taxation.

Wood graduated cum laude and was the recipient of the Givens Family Accountancy Scholarship. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona. Wood is also a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona. He is a member of the American Institution of Certified Public Accountants.


Ryley Carlock Expands Corporate Practice in Phoenix

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has added Amber D. Curto as an associate in the firm’s Estate Planning and Corporate Practice Groups.

“Ryley Carlock is committed to the recruitment of young talented attorneys like Amber, who can assist our shareholders in finding the best possible solutions for our clients,” stated Managing Shareholder Rodolfo Parga. “Amber brings together the legal capabilities and a strong commitment to our community that our firm values.”

Curto joins an established Corporate Law and Estate Planning Practice Groups, who represent hundreds of clients throughout the United States and internationally, offering legal counsel from start-up companies to mature businesses.

“I enjoy taking a client centered approach to estate planning to make sure that all details, whether it be in a simple estate or a complex trust administration, are taken care of,” stated Curto, “and having the ability to learn from and work with John Lischer and the other experienced and knowledgeable attorneys within this practice group will give me the ability to assist my clients in new and innovative ways.”

Prior to joining the firm, Curto clerked for the Honorable Judge Glenn Davis of the Arizona Superior Court and was an Associate for an Arizona estate planning firm.  She earned her law degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, in 2011 and earned her Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude 2008, from Arizona State University.  While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board as well as President of the Business Law Society. Her community service endeavors have included Girl Scouts of America, Project C.U.R.E. and Crisis Nursery. As a part of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Curto looks forward to continuing her community involvement by volunteering her time for local boards and organizations.