Shawn Cobb

Latham & Watkins

Young Attorneys 2010: 1-2 years

Shawn Cobb is an associate in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. He specializes in securities litigation and professional liability, and is also a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

Cobb recently completed a nearly two-year litigation engagement to verdict involving highly publicized allegations of fiduciary fraud against a Fortune 500 company. After more than four months of trial and a nine-figure damage claim by plaintiffs, the jury returned verdicts that were highly favorable for the defense. Cobb was primarily responsible for the defense’s legal arguments. Over the course of trial, Cobb prepared numerous briefs and engaged in over three full weeks of oral argument addressing a host of contested legal issues, ranging from the intricacies of unclean hands and usury law to economic and non-economic damage limitations in fiduciary fraud cases. 

Prior to attending law school, Cobb worked for five years with Northrop Grumman Inc. as a consultant, where he primarily advised the U.S. Department of Defense and various members of the U.S. intelligence community in the areas of risk identification and analysis.  During this time, Cobb also led an independent risk analysis team tasked with assessing Northrop Grumman’s exposure on its highest-risk current and proposed operations. During a three-year period, he led dozens of engagements involving contracts valued at between eight and 11 figures. In this capacity, Cobb routinely presented results in highly adversarial proceedings against opposing financial and technical experts before a panel of corporate executives. Cobb received numerous awards for his service, including the President’s Award from Northrop Grumman/TASC and an award from the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. 

Cobb also served for nine years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He initially served in the Medical Corps as an enlisted Medical Specialist assigned to a field hospital unit and later as a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corps assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2002, he transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps, where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2) for the 11th Psychological Operations Battalion, 2nd PSYOP Group until 2005. Cobb was honorably discharged in 2007. 

Cobb received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008, an M.A. from Georgetown University in 2001 and a B.S. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, School of Business in 2000.

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.