Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

As a trial attorney at The Gomez Law Firm, Theresa Bowen devotes herself solely to the practice of plaintiffs' personal injury cases, with an emphasis 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 late 2010, Bowen has worked to bring relief to numerous clients whose defective DePuy orthopaedic hip implants have caused them to suffer immense pain and dangerous levels of toxic metals in their bloodstreams. Bowen is actively handling these complex cases filed in Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4649: DePuy ASR Hip System Cases and Multi-District Litigation No. 2244: In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. In addition, Bowen has worked daily to facilitate clients’ revision surgeries and ensure that the proper protocol is followed to preserve their explanted devices. 
Since late 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. They were tragically killed when their Lexus accelerated out of control in San Diego County in August 2009. Their story has gained international attention and has been the focus of congressional testimony in Washington, D.C. Bowen continues to play an active role in the litigation against Bob Baker Lexus.
Bowen has achieved numerous milestones in her first three years of practice.  Within eight weeks of being sworn in to the California bar, she cross-examined a witness in a high value real estate broker fraud/elder abuse case, Laframboise v. Krebs et al. John Gomez and James Iagmin both received Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards for their work on the case. 
Bowen has been given tremendous autonomy in handling all facets of case preparation. She has taken and defended more than 100 depositions, successfully defeated summary judgment motions and is constantly preparing cases for trial. Since 2008, Bowen has assisted in recovering more than $26 million for the firm’s clients. So far in 2011, she has recovered more than $5 million for the firm’s clients.
Before pursuing a career in law, Bowen worked as a print and broadcast writer for The Associated Press and as a television news reporter in Baltimore and San Diego. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2008 cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is the only person in her immediate family to have graduated from college.      

Bowen’s commitment to helping those in need goes beyond her profession, as she has taken on significant leadership roles in the community. She serves on the Lawyers Club Community Outreach Committee, where she is helping to identify and implement structural and aesthetic improvements to an organization that promotes the health and well-being of women and children. She also served on the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Planning and Action Committee for the 2011 Walk Like MADD fundraising event. 


The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2011

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 2011 Finalists


Oleg Cross

Cross Law Group

Andrew Haden

United States Attorney’s Office

Anna Romanskaya

Stark & D'Ambrosio LLP

Practicing 1-2 years

Andrew Botros

Law Office of James D. Scott

Andrew Custer

Foley & Lardner LLP

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Francis DiGiacco

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Brittanie McCloskey

Law Offices of Daniel Grunbaum

JP Roach

Hughes Marino

Joe Villaseñor

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

Practicing 3-5 years

Amanda Allen

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Alissa Bjerkhoel

California Innocence Project, California Western School of Law

Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Jenny Bratt


Laura Buckley

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Robert Chambers, II

McClellan Law Firm

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Craig Countryman

Fish & Richardson

AnneElise Goetz

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Catherine Hanna

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Ryan Harris

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

Jenna Leyton

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Joseph McMullen

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Julie Park

Morrison & Foerster

Matthew Riopelle

Foley & Lardner LLP

Kristin Rizzo

Rizzo Law Firm

Jason Ross

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP

Andrea Russell

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Michelle Schill

Martinez & Schill LLP

Kirsten Solberg

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Robert Williams


Practicing 6-7 years

Alyson Amerson

Doyle Lowther LLP

Ilona Antonyan

The Law Office of Ilona Antonyan, APC

Jimmy Cheng


Bibianne Fell

Fleming & Fell PC

Ariel Javier

Law Office of Ariel A. Javier

Dan Kehr

Kehr Law

Brooke Kim


Chris Lawson

San Diego District Attorney's Office

Kate Mangan

Mayer Mangan

Megan Mazza

Allen Matkins

Ashley Palmer

Robbins Umeda LLP

Rachel Scatizzi

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Brett Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jason Sheinberg

San Diego Law Firm

Sean Stapleton

Alere Inc.

Devin Storey

The Zalkin Law Firm PC

David Zachry

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

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Important Dates

Nominations Open: September 14
Nominations Close: October 26
Nominees Announced: November 2
Finalists Notified: November 4
Sponsorship/Advertising: December 13
Publication Date: December 21


Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

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