Michelle Schill

Martinez & Schill LLP

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Michelle Schill, an attorney entering her fourth year, is an associate in the San Diego office of Skane Wilcox LLP. Schill’s practice focuses on insurance defense work, including personal injury, products and professional liability and construction defect litigation. 

Schill defends numerous individuals, businesses and public entities throughout Southern California. She is currently defending clients in several multimillion dollar cases and has successfully second-chaired two lengthy jury trials.

Recently, after seven weeks of trial, Schill obtained a defense verdict on behalf of her general contractor client in defending against a plaintiff-homeowner’s breach of contract and negligence case, in which the plaintiff was seeking in excess of $600,000 in damages. In the same action, Schill obtained a judgment against the plaintiff in excess of $22,000.

Additionally, Schill recently settled a multimillion dollar personal injury case for her general contractor client, well below the plaintiff’s settlement demand. The early settlement greatly benefitted her client, because it limited any potential for substantial exposure to her client. 

Schill’s approach to litigation is well-balanced. For each of her cases, she is proactive and employs a creative, focused approach. She continues to reap rewards because she successfully resolves her cases early, and her assertiveness allows her to take the lead in preparing any case for trial, if necessary. Additionally, her balanced perspective allows her to build professional relationships and work productively with attorneys on both sides of the fence.

As a San Diego native, Schill draws on her wide network of colleagues and friends in the local community to create the best results custom tailored for her clients. She attended Valhalla High, graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University in 2004, and graduated from California Western School of Law in 2008. Although Schill was admitted to the California Bar in 2008, she has worked in the legal community since 2004 in every position from file clerk (pre-law school) to handling attorney. 

Schill is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and San Diego Defense Lawyers. In her free time she enjoys baking, traveling and social networking.

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

Get Involved

Don't miss this opportunity to recognize your peers or congratulate the San Diego Young Attorneys. Highlight your company's expertise by advertising or sponsoring Young Attorneys 2011.

Contact us at 619.232.4381 or to receive additional information today!

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.