Dawn Fonseca

Littler Mendelson

Young Attorneys 2010: 1-2 years

Dawn Telthorst Fonseca is an associate in Littler’s San Diego office. She represents employers and management with respect to employment matters including wage and hour class actions and audits, and every type of discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination in violation of public policy claim. While at Littler, she has won a summary judgment motion on all claims in a suit alleging eight causes of action, including gender discrimination and failure to pay commissions; a demurrer to a complaint alleging 12 causes of action, including discrimination and wage and hour violations; and an appeal before the California Unemployment Appeals Board, which overturned the state’s grant of unemployment benefits to a client’s former employee. 

Additionally, she has prepared class actions for trial and helped to negotiate multimillion-dollar settlements on behalf of two separate large national retailers sued for wage and hour violations. She also wrote the National Retail Federation Bi-Annual Update on emerging employment law topics for the Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 wage and hour committee meetings.

Prior to her work at Littler, Fonseca was at the San Diego office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. As an associate for the firm, she conducted due diligence review for a variety of high-value, corporate transactions, including division spinoffs for a Fortune 50 multinational banking institution and a multimillion-dollar merger between international and domestic call-service companies. She prepared SEC filings, including Forms 14D-9, 6-K and F-4, in connection with a $340 million dollar acquisition of a French public software company, and Form S-1 registration statement for a medical device company in its $230 million initial public offering. She also interviewed witnesses in a statewide wage/hour class action lawsuit filed against Fortune 50 client, and conducted document review for a sexual harassment suit against a large commercial real estate services company. 

Fonseca is the recipient of the Casa Cornelia Law Center’s 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award. The award recognized Fonseca’s outstanding representation of two Somali refugees seeking asylum in the United States, on whose behalf she appeared and prepared asylum applications.

Fonseca received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. She is admitted to practice in the State of California and the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California.

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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