CIR LAW OFFICES INT.

OUR LEADERS

What makes us so successful

CIR aims to keep creditors and consumers informed of the latest news and events regarding the collections industry. We will post regular updates and news briefs that will help you better understand how we work, as well as the rights of consumers and creditors alike.

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FELIPE E. BECERRA

*Licensed only in Peru

Founding Partner

Mr. Becerra, with more than 35 years of progressively responsible experience has led firms through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. With his knowledge and leadership he has made CIR LAW OFFICES INTERNATIONAL a leader in the collections/litigation industry. He has 2 passions: Business and Big Wave Surfing.

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CHRISTIAN FENTON

Partner – Intellectual Property and Civil Litigation

Christian is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California, is a registered patent attorney, and has been litigating cases for nearly 10 years. Throughout that time, Christian obtained a broad base of legal experience, including that obtained from having been a managing attorney at a large San Diego law firm. Christian also teaches Intellectual Property Law at San Diego Miramar College and has presented continuing legal education classes in national venues. Christian's practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution and litigation, as well as other business litigation.

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ALFONSO GONZALEZ

*Licensed only in Mexico

Operations Manager – International Partner

Alfonso is responsible for operations and processes in the firm. Also, as a Mexican attorney he oversees the Mexico office and manages the corporate legal services. He advises clients on contractual and corporate issues. He sees contracts as a chess board with efficiencies and strategies can be implemented in benefit of involved parties. He has a passion for reading, spending time with his family and would like to get better in surfing and jiu jitsu.

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MICHAEL VLACHOS

Partner – Collections

Michael manages the firm’s entire collection process and uses his knowledge of issues surrounding creditors’ rights to develop strategies designed to exceed client goals while maintaining a strict adherence to the ever-changing legal and compliance requirements of the debt collection industry. Always willing to try new things, he is currently attempting to learn how to surf.

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NICOLE LOHSE

Partner

Nicole began her legal career as a paralegal at a firm in downtown San Diego handling insurance bad faith and personal injury litigation. After 3 years as a managing paralegal, Nicole went to Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she graduated 5th in her class with the honors of magna cum laude. Nicole was an active member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and served as the Lead Articles Editor from 2014 to 2015. Nicole was also recognized with the CALI “Excellence of the Future Award” for Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Legal Writing. Since becoming licensed to practice law, Nicole has worked in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and collections litigation. Nicole has successfully argued countless motions before the court as well as received numerous favorable trial verdicts for civil litigation and collections clients. Nicole currently handles collections litigation and various business litigation cases.

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ABRIL RUIZ

Associate attorney

Abril completed her undergraduate education in France and in the UK before moving to San Diego in 2004. She worked as a paralegal before attending law school and graduated Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 2014. Abril has worked in civil litigation and restraining orders. She has also collaborated since law school with the Public Defender’s Office in North County to counsel defendants in Homeless Court. [Abril has also volunteered with both the Stand Down event and the Clean Slate Expungement Clinic in North County. Abril joined CIR Law Offices’ collections team in July 2017. In her free time, she loves movies and going on road trips with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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MICHAEL SLINEY

Accounting Department Manager and CPA

Michael manages the finance department for the firm and is also very involved in the strategy and operations of the collection process. He has been a licensed CPA for over 15 years and spent 10 years with a regional CPA firm in audit, tax and business consulting. Michael spends his free time with his family and surfs and golfs whenever possible.

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KAITLIN GARLAND

Client Relations and Compliance

Kaitlin oversees compliance in and constant changing regulatory environment and is directly involved in the preparation and handling of internal and client onsite audits. She is responsible for monitoring and creating all of the firms policies and procedures. She enjoys the outdoors of sunny San Diego like hiking and kayaking.

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FERNANDO CRUZ

Collections Manager

Fernando has been with CIR Law Offices for over 4 years, and has been the Collections Manager for 2 years. He began as a Collector, then was promoted to Team Captain, Supervisor, and finally Collections Manager. His dedication and hard work has built a strong Collections team throughout the years, and he continues to incorporate new strategies and ideas to an already superb team. As a hobby, Fernando is an avid musician, playing everything from drums to guitar.