Kate Mangan

Mayer Mangan

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Kate Mayer Mangan is a litigator who specializes in civil appeals. She recently founded her own firm, which handles all aspects of appellate litigation.

She is also a member of Montage Legal Group, a network of experienced freelance attorneys. Mangan obtained her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and in the top 1 percent of her class of almost 700 students. 

At Georgetown, she was an executive editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and also taught legal research and writing to other law students.
Mangan obtained her bachelor's, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in American studies from Pomona College.

After graduating from Georgetown, Mangan clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then she was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Environmental Enforcement Section.
Before starting her own firm, Mangan was a litigator in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins, where she specialized in appellate, municipal and labor/employment law. She drafted numerous motions and briefs, including three successful demurrers in litigation valued at more than $300 million, and a successful motion for summary adjudication eliminating a multimillion dollar punitive damage claim. 

She also argued numerous motions -- including one that resulted in obtaining more than $4 million in attorneys’ fees -- and she has participated in trials.
She briefed and argued a Ninth Circuit appeal that resulted in a published opinion in her client’s favor.

In 2008, Mangan was named one of the best “Young Attorneys” in San Diego by The Daily Transcript. 

Mangan is dedicated to giving back to the community. She founded and taught the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law, which provides law students with the opportunity to litigate pro bono appeals in the Ninth Circuit. Mangan also conducted a free seminar called "How to Win an Appeal," which she presented to the San Diego City Attorney's Office.

Of all her accomplishments, Mangan is most proud of one of her pro bono successes: She obtained asylum for a woman who had been tortured and suffered through two incompetent attorneys. For her pro bono work, Mangan has twice received the Wiley W. Manual Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services. 
She is currently working on a project to start a self-help clinic for unrepresented litigants with appeals in state court.

An Academic All American swimmer, Mangan continues to be active and enjoys open water swimming, yoga and backpacking. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Appellate Court Committee, San Diego Lawyers' Club and is an alumnus of the Welsh Inn of Court.  


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.