Finalists

Apricus Biosciences
Viejas Enterprises
Provide Commerce Inc.
General Dynamics NASSCO
Straub Construction Inc.
Petco Animal Supplies Inc.
Qualcomm Inc.
OwnerGUARD Corporation
University of San Diego
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego Padres
Amylin Pharmaceuticals
Leap Wireless International Inc.
Sony Electronics
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
AMN Healthcare Inc.
ViaSat Inc.
Dexcom
Viejas Enterprises
Gafcon; SharePoint360
Catalina Restaurant Group Inc.
Websense Inc.
Science Applications International Corp.
American Assets Trust Inc.
DJO Global

Finalist

Luciana O'Brien

Catalina Restaurant Group Inc.

Luciana O’Brien serves as associate general counsel for Catalina Restaurant Group. Catalina Restaurant Group is headquartered in Carlsbad and operates full-service restaurants located throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.

O’Brien is responsible for managing outside counsel, negotiating and drafting a variety of vendor and service contracts, settlement agreements, consulting agreements and leases and brokerage agreements, as well as overseeing business compliance and licensing. She also represents the company in a variety of administrative hearings before state and federal government agencies. In addition to her role as associate general counsel, O’Brien oversees the real estate department,  which includes the administration of commercial leases in the western United States. Prior to becoming an in house counsel, O’Brien was an associate at a boutique employment and business litigation firm in Los Angeles.

O’Brien obtained a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Born in Argentina and raised in St. Louis, O’Brien is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys traveling and spending as much time as she can on the beach in the San Diego community she has lived in for almost three years.

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Deadlines

Nominations Open: July 2, 2012
Nominations Close: August 13, 2012
Nominees Announced: August 17, 2012
Finalists Notified: August 17, 2012
Sponsorship / Advertising Close: September 12, 2012
Publication Date: September 19, 2012

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