Finalist

Brittanie McCloskey

Law Offices of Daniel Grunbaum

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 1-2 years

Brittanie McCloskey is native to San Diego and grew up in Alpine. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated in 2007 with honors, majoring in law and society and minoring in English. McCloskey became interested in a legal career when she began interning for the Santa Barbara Teen Court, a diversion program for first-time offenders under age 18, where she had the opportunity to work closely with parents and teens in the community. She then accepted a full-tuition scholarship to attend California Western School of Law, where she went on to graduate cum laude in 2010 and earned American Jurisprudence awards in five of her classes: alternative dispute resolution, trial practice, business organizations, professional responsibility/professional skills/advanced legal writing, and election law. 

During her summers in law school, McCloskey was a law clerk for prominent family law attorney Daniel Grunbaum. She was fortunate to have been taken under his wing, and Grunbaum brought her along to client conferences, depositions, hearings, trials and settlement conferences on a weekly basis.   McCloskey was admitted to the State Bar of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 2010.

Now, as Grunbaum’s associate attorney, McCloskey has the opportunity to represent clients in a variety of divorce and family law disputes, including: dissolution of marriage, legal separation, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of community property, complex high asset disputes, paternity, domestic violence and neglect, children’s rights, grandparent’s rights, enforcement of orders, and post-judgment motions. 

McCloskey has dedicated herself to a career in family law and is inspired by her role as an advocate for families and children in dire circumstances. After about a month in practice, McCloskey became an attorney on the panel for the San Diego County Bar Association’s Modest Means Program, where she represents low-income clients on a discounted basis, taking their case from start to finish and providing individuals with the representation they might not otherwise be able to afford.

McCloskey is extremely thankful for the guidance and opportunities Grunbaum has provided her to excel in the first year of her career. She hopes to continue making an impact in the lives of her clients and in the San Diego community in general. In her spare time, McCloskey enjoys playing soccer; snowboarding; hiking; and spending time with friends, family, her fiance and Boston terrier.

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

Judge

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

DLA Piper LLP

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

DLA Piper LLP

Practicing 6-7 years

Alyson Amerson

Doyle Lowther LLP

Ilona Antonyan

The Law Office of Ilona Antonyan, APC

Jimmy Cheng

Qualcomm

Bibianne Fell

Fleming & Fell PC

Ariel Javier

Law Office of Ariel A. Javier

Dan Kehr

Kehr Law

Brooke Kim

DLA Piper LLP

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

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Young Attorneys reception

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