Shanna Bowman Orlich and Wayne A. Smith will be the primary attorneys at the Jennings Strouss Yuma office. Shanna has deep roots in Yuma and a strong background in agriculture. She is the daughter of Neil and Beth Bowman and was born and raised in Yuma. Over the years, Orlich has been involved in the business and legal aspects of both of her father’s agribusinesses, BSN Farms and Coronation Peak Ranches, Inc.
“I’m very excited to serve my hometown,” stated Orlich. “This is a tremendous opportunity to give back to my community and offer legal services that are directly beneficial to and customized to meet the unique and diverse needs of business owners and families in Yuma and Imperial Counties. Our Yuma office will have the firm’s full support and resources, which includes a network of 65 attorneys.”
Orlich focuses her practice in the areas of agricultural law; commercial and financial transactions; business operations, planning, and formation; and real estate. She also has experience in commercial and probate litigation. Orlich attended Columbia University, where she earned her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees. She earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Orlich is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and New York.
Wayne Smith was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in southern New Mexico (which he continues to operate) and has been practicing law since 1969. He assists clients with issues related to agribusiness and agricultural compliance with federal and state programs; water law; real estate (including 1031 exchange and reverse exchange); federal and state income and estate taxation; business and estate planning; and partnership, corporation and limited liability company formation and compliance. Smith earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and an L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He is licensed to practice in both Arizona and New Mexico.
Jennings Strouss is committed to supporting the numerous business, civic and industry organizations that are dedicated to the growth of Yuma and Imperial Counties. The firm is currently a member of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.
The opening of the Yuma office marks the fourth location for Jennings Strouss, with offices also located in Phoenix and Peoria, Ariz., and in Washington, D.C. Conveniently situated in the heart of historic downtown, the Yuma office of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is located at 256 S. 2nd Ave., Suite C, and can be reached at 782-1827.
About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Jennings Strouss & Salmon is one of the Southwest's leading law firms, providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, and Yuma, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; litigation; personal injury and medical malpractice defense; real estate, land use and zoning; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.