Shawn Tafreshi

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

Young Attorneys 2010: 3-5 years

Shawn Tafreshi is a felony trial deputy with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently assigned to the Superior Court Division. Previously, he worked at the Vista Branch, Pretrial, Juvenile and the Major Narcotics Division. He has prosecuted more than 30 jury trials and grand jury proceedings to verdict, and over 20 juvenile trials as well as hundreds of preliminary hearings. He also litigates civil commitment trials of mentally disordered offenders and people considered legally insane. He has tried cases involving attempted murder, assault with great bodily injury, child abuse, pimping and pandering, large scale narcotic distribution, DUI injury crashes, and also a rare case involving the “Unlicensed Corporate Practice of Medicine." He regularly advises law enforcement regarding search warrant law and criminal procedure issues.   

For several years, Tafreshi was designated as a “Judge” DA focusing on the prosecution of drug dealing gang members. His work led to wiretaps used in the prosecution of notorious Mexican drug cartels operating violent extortion cells here in San Diego. Moreover, he coordinated and organized several large-scale projects targeting local and international narcotics trafficking.

Tafreshi was the prosecutor in charge of Operation Sudden Fall, a project that dealt with SDSU campus drug dealers who sold cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and addictive prescription pain killers. This project was initiated after a rash of campus cocaine overdoses in which two students lost their lives.

Tafreshi is a cum laude graduate of UC Irvine with B.A. degrees in criminology and psychology. He is fluent in both Farsi and Spanish. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, Tafreshi became a published author and worked as editor-in-chief of the Loyola International and Comparative Law Review. He also served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, working exclusively on criminal writs and appeals.

Tafreshi regularly speaks at local schools about gang violence, narcotics and the legal system. He is heavily involved with Big Brothers of San Diego as a mentor and Big Brother. He also serves as a trial coach for the San Diego High School Mock Trial Program and is an active member of the San Diego Bar Association and the California District Attorneys Association. He loves baseball, football, soccer and, most importantly, his beautiful wife Brooke, who is also a prosecutor in the same office.

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
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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.