Cris John Wenthur, LL.M. Over the past 33 years, Mr. Wenthur’s career has focused on all aspects of individual, corporate and partnership income taxation as well as sales, use, property taxes and VAT as they relate to the acquisition, ownership, operation and sale of yachts, jets and vintage cars. Mr. Wenthur has coordinated thousands of yacht, vessel and jet acquisitions across the United States and throughout the world as well as many yacht new build contracts from negotiation, construction through final delivery and post closing operations. His practice also focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of purchasing, flagging, owning and selling yachts, jets and vintage automobiles. For well over the past fifteen years Cris has worked with various teams in conjunction with tax, legal and regulatory aspects of the Americas Cup. Mr. Wenthur is a frequent lecturer both locally and nationally on the topics of: Yacht, Jet and Vintage Car acquisitions and related issues of taxation, flagging and regulatory issues. Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate and Gift Tax Planning and Trust Administration. Business Entity Structures and Business Operations Planning and Structuring. Mr. Wenthur is the creator of the “one vessel offshore delivery” in California and the proactive exemption process for obtaining exemption from California sales/use tax for yachts, jets and vintage automobiles. Cris is on the list of approved marine attorneys for most banks who have come to rely on his expertise, detail and efficiency and effective communication techniques utilizing Visio diagramming. Education & Professional Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. University of Houston – 1979 – B.A. – Business Administration and Marketing Western State University Law School – 1982 – Juris Doctor John Marshall Law School – 1985 – LL.M. – Master of Laws - Taxation Admitted to the California Bar and California Supreme Court - 1982 Awards & Recognition Mr. Wenthur was awarded the 2015 Merle Park Award by the California Yacht Broker’s Association for his significant contributions to the maritime industry for exemplifying the highest ethical standards espoused by the CYBA. Mr. Wenthur is recognized by Martindale Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer and is consistently ranked as a top attorney in San Diego and the State of California by San Diego Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Related Experience Cris John Wenthur is a past Board Member of the San Diego Superyacht Association and United States Superyacht Association. Cris is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, the California Yacht Broker’s Association and the American Vessel Documentation Association. Personal Experience Cris’ hobbies include spending time with his wife and three children; golf (Member of San Diego Country Club), sea kayaking, fly-fishing, backpacking, downhill skiing, backcountry cross-country skiing, running marathons, travel and gardening. WLG Staff. The staff at Wenthur Law Group, LLP is cohesive, experienced, thorough and efficient with the ability to meet the time sensitive deadlines of the business and the maritime industry. WLG exists to serve its clients and not vice versa.