Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Young Attorneys 2010: 1-2 years

A trial attorney at The Gomez Law Firm, Theresa Bowen devotes herself to plaintiff’s personal injury cases, focusing on catastrophic personal injury and product liability. Her goal is to bring justice to ordinary people through hard work, preparation and a commitment to the ethics of the legal profession. 

Since 2009, Bowen has worked on Saylor v. Toyota et al. to bring justice to the surviving family members of California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, Cleofe Lastrella Saylor, Mahala Saylor and Chris Lastrella. Mark, Cleofe, Mahala and Chris were tragically killed when their Lexus unexpectedly accelerated out of control in San Diego County in 2009. Their story has gained international attention and has been the focus of Congressional testimony in Washington, D.C. Bowen has played an active role in investigating the product liability case against Toyota and the negligence case against Bob Baker Lexus.

Since starting with The Gomez Law Firm in 2008, Bowen has been fortunate to have been mentored by Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winners John Gomez and Robert Hamparyan, and Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award winner James Iagmin. 

Under their guidance and mentorship, Bowen has achieved numerous milestones in her first two years of practice. Shortly after being sworn in to the California bar, Bowen cross-examined a witness in a high-value real estate broker fraud/elder abuse case, Laframboise v. Krebs et al. Bowen has taken and defended approximately 75 depositions, and has also written and opposed numerous motions, including summary judgment and discovery motions. Bowen has been given tremendous autonomy in handling all facets of case preparation. She has assisted in recovering more than $20 million for the firm’s clients.
Previously, Bowen worked as a print and broadcast writer for the Associated Press and as a television news reporter in Baltimore and San Diego. A 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2008 cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Bowen is the only person in her immediate family to have graduated from college.      

Bowen is a member of the State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Bar Association. 

Bowen’s commitment to helping those in need includes volunteering for the Special Olympics, Autism Speaks, St. Vincent De Paul Village and the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2010

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2010 Finalists

1-2 years

Erika Anderson


Robert Bello

Berman & Riedel LLP

Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Shawn Cobb

Latham & Watkins

N. Ben Cramer

Mulligan & Banham

Ahmed Diab

Law Offices of Robert A. Stutman P.C.

Dawn Fonseca

Littler Mendelson

Renee Galente

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Eric Ganci

Galente Ganci APC

Andrew Haden

United States Attorney’s Office

Kimberly Kirkpatrick

The Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Araceli Martinez

Law Offices of Araceli Martinez

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Mhairi Ransom

Allen Matkins

Geoffrey Spreter

Law Offices of Alex Schack

3-5 years

Cecilia Brennan


Marissa Dragoo


Kriste Draper

Children’s Advocacy Institute, USD School of Law

Andrew Gregor

Foley & Lardner LLP

Ben Howard

Neil Dymott

Michael Kinslow

Zalkin Law Firm PC

Maureen Mueller

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Justine Phillips

Baker & McKenzie

Puja Sachdev

Law Offices of Julia M. Garwood

Jason Schingler

Worden Williams APC

Daphne Skogen

Herold & Sager

Devin Storey

The Zalkin Law Firm PC

Shawn Tafreshi

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

Ben Wagner

Mintz Levin

Colleen Warren

Lewis & Warren APLC

6-7 years

Andrew Abrams

Fish & Richardson

Elizabeth Barros

Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc.

Graham Buccigross

Sheppard Mullin

Courtney Bunt

Duane Morris LLP

Ted Fates

Allen Matkins

Bibianne Fell

Fleming & Fell PC

Lara Garner

Fish & Richardson

Jennifer Hansen

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman PC

Jeremiah Moffit

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Ronson Shamoun


Joshua Sonné

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP

Matt Steiner

Morrison & Foerster

Tamera Weisser

Jones Day

David Zachry


Bryan Ziegler

County of San Diego

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Important Dates

Nominations Open: September 15
Nominations Close: October 20
Nominees Announced: November 3
Finalists Notified: November 5
Sponsorship/Advertising: December 7
Publication Date: December 15

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Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.