Rachel Scatizzi

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Rachel Scatizzi is an associate at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek where her practice emphasizes general civil litigation and family law, with a focus on high asset dissolution cases and contested custody and paternity matters.

In addition to a growing practice in adoption and assisted reproductive technology, Scatizzi regularly assists clients with mediated settlement agreements, negotiation of pre-marital and post-marital agreements, drafting and review of parentage agreements, domestic violence restraining orders, and post-dissolution modifications of custody and support.

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in 2007, Scatizzi was an associate at a law firm in St. Louis, Mo., where she served as the firm’s pro bono coordinator.

Scatizzi also worked as a law clerk to Michael J. Reagan, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and as a mock trial coach at Washington University School of Law.

During her tenure in St. Louis, Scatizzi received the Milton F. Napier award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Scatizzi currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Junior League of San Diego, where she directs all of the fundraising efforts of the organization.

As a member of the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, Scatizzi has served on the Women’s Resource Fair Task Force for the past three years, with principal responsibility for recruiting and managing more than 300 community volunteers to staff the annual outreach event for homeless, recovering, abused and indigent women. Scatizzi also serves as an alumnae member of the advisory board for the Zeta Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of California, San Diego.

Scatizzi received her Bachelor of Journalism, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri in 2001.

She earned her juris doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005.

While in law school Scatizzi was an associate editor of the Global Studies Law Review, interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, was the recipient of awards for excellence in oral advocacy and participated in several national trial competitions.

Scatizzi is admitted to the State Bar of California, State Bar of Missouri, State Bar of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.

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.