Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Sondra R. Levine is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and an associate attorney in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

In law school, Levine was a competing member of the National Mock Trial Team and the Vis Moot International Arbitration Team. She received oral advocacy awards for outstanding oral argument in the Lawyering Skills I class, and she received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award at graduation. Levine remains connected to the University of San Diego School of Law by participating in the law school orientation and mock interview programs, speaking at career lectures, and serving as a volunteer judge for various moot court and mock trial competitions.

Levine joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in 2007 and has established a track record of successfully managing a variety of litigation matters. She was the lead litigation associate attorney for the consolidation and representation of more than 300 defendants in San Diego Superior Court, and she was instrumental in drafting a motion under Cal. Code of Civil Procedure section 391.1 to require the plaintiff, a vexatious litigant, to post a security bond in the amount of $1.5 million.

Levine has also consulted and assisted in litigation matters across the United States. She has experience litigating both single plaintiff and class-action lawsuits. Her practice focuses primarily on the defense of professional liability and employment matters. Levine also represents companies and professionals in a wide variety of business and commercial matters, and has extensive experience in the financial services industry.

Levine is admitted in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central District courts of California, and she regularly represents clients in both the state and federal courts. Levine is also admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

In addition to her litigation practice, Levine is a private mediator. She has completed extensive training focusing on mediation and negotiation, and she has experience mediating disputes arising from landlord/tenant claims, merchant/consumer disputes, business disputes and dissolution, marital dissolution, breach of contract claims, personal injury matters, professional negligence, and employment claims. In her spare time, Levine serves as a volunteer mediator for North County Life Line and the Small Claims Court at the North County Superior Court in Vista.

Levine also speaks and writes on various legal issues. She has written for the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association publication, The Update, and has published three articles in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. In January 2012, she will be speaking on conflict resolution in the workplace at the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management Law Day Conference.

Levine is a member of the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association, the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Inn of Court, the Welsh Inn of Court, and the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association. She is married and is the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, Addison.

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.