Brooke Kim


Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Brooke Killian Kim is an associate in the global products liability practice of DLA Piper LLP. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of products liability, mass tort and pharmaceutical litigation. Kim’s experience ranges from defending pharmaceutical manufacturers in several multidistrict litigations involving prescription medications, advising Fortune 50 companies regarding litigation risks attendant to acquiring various pharmaceutical technologies, obtaining a multimillion dollar arbitration award as second-chair in a 10-day arbitration, and defending an international transportation corporation in a mass tort litigation involving hundreds of coordinated claims. 

Kim maintains an extensive pro bono practice. In 2011, research she performed with two other law firms was published by Appleseed. The report, titled “CHILDREN AT THE BORDER: THE SCREENING, PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION OF UNACCOMPANIED MEXICAN MINORS,” examines the application of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to Mexican unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border. Kim coordinated and participated in site visits to interview unaccompanied children on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border. Kim is presently working with Casa Cornelia Law Center and the University of San Diego to present the findings of the report to the local community and to develop a working group of individuals dedicated to ascertaining the best practices for repatriating Mexican unaccompanied minors.

Kim also represents individuals seeking asylum in the United States through Casa Cornelia’s asylum program. In recent years, she has worked with and supervised more than 30 attorneys, law clerks and paralegals in the representation of 13 individuals seeking asylum in the United States from countries including Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Somalia and Ethiopia. She has personally represented clients fleeing persecution in trials before the United States Immigration Court.

As part of her pro bono practice, Kim has represented multiple clients in civil rights actions, including a man suffering from HIV who was denied necessary medications while falsely detained, and a student from a local university facing criminal charges. Kim has successfully tried two conservatorship cases on behalf of the County of San Diego.

Kim is a member of DLA Piper’s San Diego Recruiting Committee and actively mentors a number of younger associates in the firm and community.  She has been elected by her peers to the executive committee of DLA Piper’s Firmwide Associate’s Committee.

Kim is an alumni member of the Welsh Inn of Court and an active volunteer for Casa Cornelia Law Center. She also works with Space 4 Art, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting San Diego’s art community.

Kim received her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego in 2002. At UCSD, she majored in sociology and dance. In 2005, she received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she was a member of the Berkeley Journal of International Law and externed for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzales of the Southern District of California. Kim is admitted to practice in California and Florida. 


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.