Laura Buckley

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Laura Buckley practices in all areas of federal and state taxation, specializing in cost-effective resolution of tax controversies. She represents individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service and the state taxing agencies, in the U.S. Tax Court and other federal and state courts.

Buckley also advises and represents creditors and debtors in business disputes and insolvency matters, including business reorganizations, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and resolution of bankruptcy taxes.

Before joining Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, Buckley was an IRS chief counsel attorney and a special assistant U.S. attorney. In 2007, Buckley was selected as national chair for all IRS counsel’s young attorneys.

Her work includes tax litigation (deficiency, innocent spouse, overdue returns, family limited partnerships, collection due process, employment taxes and fraud cases); collection matters (liens, levies, offers in compromise, installment agreements and estate and gift); bankruptcy litigation (relief from stay, exceptions to discharge, and discharge of bankruptcy taxes); and complex corporate tax shelter work (412(i) pension plans, Roth IRAs, and intermediary transactions).

Buckley received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 2006, and a B.A. with a major in history and minors and English and religious studies from Gordon College in 2001.

Originally from San Diego, Buckley spent two years at Oxford University, in Oxford, England, prior to attending law school, and three years teaching reading at local low-income schools. She also served as a full-time judicial extern to the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Buckley is a member of the taxation section of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association, serves as the education chair on the Young Lawyers Committee, and is chair of the taxation section 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.