Ilona Antonyan

The Law Office of Ilona Antonyan, APC

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Ilona Antonyan is a civil litigation trial attorney. She is the owner of The Law Office of Ilona Antonyan, APC.

Antonyan is trilingual, fluent in Russian and Spanish. She immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1992 after living in Armenia. She finished law school in two years and graduated from Case Western University with honors in two majors and two minors in 2.5 years. She holds a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and political science, with philosophy and Spanish as minors.

Antonyan opened her firm straight out of law school. Her firm now consists of three attorneys and several paralegals. One of her associates is a Certified Family Law Specialist; another is an experienced civil litigation attorney specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and business litigation.  Antonyan litigates both family and civil cases. She enjoys doing jury trials and has so far succeeded in the ones she has tried.  

This year, she became a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization. She is the youngest person in California to become a Certified Family Law Specialist after meeting the vigorous requirements in only five years.

Antonyan holds a real estate broker license and invented a product for which the Patent and Trademark Office granted her a patent. She is currently in the process of receiving her Series 7 and Series 22 securities licenses, and she is expected to receive a Certified Financial Planning degree by next year.

Besides work, Antonyan enjoys running, dancing, reading self-improvement and business literature, and traveling. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Diego County Bar Association, State Bar of California, National Association of Realtors and the San Diego Association of Realtors.

"I love what I do, I love my clients, and I love being in court,” Antonyan said. “Dalai Lama had a positive message — he said, ‘Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece.’ I view my life and work this way. When it comes to other things in life, my view is well-stated by T.S. Eliot: ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’”

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.