Brett Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Brett Schreiber's practice includes construction defect, personal injury, medical malpractice and condemnation law. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Florida State University, graduating cum laude with degrees in creative writing and religion.

Schreiber is a young lawyer who has begun to distinguish himself as one of the next generation of legal leaders. In 2009, he earned recognition as one of The Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys,” perhaps the youngest person to do so. He is also the youngest officer of the board of directors of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and chairs their community outreach and events committees. Under his leadership, CASD has organized teach-ins at low-income schools, putting on mock trials to show students how the legal system works. He has begun a unique clothing drive where members of the legal profession can donate used business attire to Father Joe's Community Re-Entry Program, to be used by the less fortunate to wear for job interviews.

He's proudest of his most creative project – collecting gently-used office supplies from law firms, such as legal pads, pens, pencils, folders and more -- for redistribution to school children in the Philippines through the Philippine Educational Charities.

Recently named "An Attorney on the Rise" by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Schreiber also finds time to lecture student groups on the personal rewards of the legal profession.

Schreiber moved to San Diego from South Florida to pursue his law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, he not only managed to gain invaluable real-world experience, he also found time to be a prominent student leader as well as a member and competitor of the Thomas Jefferson Moot Court team.

Schreiber’s legal background spans the halls of the legislature to the courthouse steps. As a legislative intern in the Florida Senate and later as a lobbyist, he first learned the ins and outs of the legal process from the legislative perspective. Whether it was monitoring committee meetings, honing his negotiating skills outside the capitol rotunda, or advising municipal and corporate clients about the impact of pending legislation, he put to use every aspect of the legal process – experience that would prove to be invaluable as a trial lawyer.

Schreiber brings a diverse knowledge and experience to his practice. He clerked for several years with a South Florida law firm that specializes in criminal defense, civil litigation and family law. He then worked as a volunteer intern in the major crimes division of the San Diego Public Defenders office, in order to gain experience in criminal defense law. Before joining Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, he clerked with a small appellate practice, where he was tasked with filing appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and writs of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

Schreiber feels right at home with a balance of complex litigation, personal injury and condemnation cases. He is admitted to practice in all California courts and the Southern and Central Districts of the United States District Court of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California and the American Association of Justice.

He and his wife Shayna, a clinical psychologist, and his baby boy Ethan live in Ocean Beach. They enjoy surfing, yoga, tennis and hiking together with their golden retriever, Maui.


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.