Ashley Palmer

Robbins Umeda LLP

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 6-7 years

Ashley R. Palmer dedicates her practice to the litigation of complex actions including securities class actions, antitrust class actions and shareholder derivative actions. She has helped achieve significant recoveries for shareholders in connection with securities class actions involving corporate mergers and acquisitions. For example, in Fuerstenberg v. Mid-State Bancshares, No. CV 060976 (Cal. Super. Ct.-San Luis Obispo County Oct. 4, 2007), Palmer was part of the litigation team that obtained waivers favorable to Mid-State shareholders of the "confidentiality" and "no-shop" provisions in the sale agreement designed to permit other suitors to participate effectively in the bidding process.

In re HCA Inc. Derivative Litigation, No. 3:05-CV-0968 (M.D. Tenn. Dec. 20, 2007), Palmer was part of the litigation team that forced disclosure of material information to shareholders before they voted on the proposed buyout by a private equity group and founding member. In addition, Palmer has helped achieve considerable monetary recoveries and corporate governance reforms for clients and companies through shareholder derivative litigation.

Palmer received her J.D. in 2006 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude second in her class, was on the Dean's List, and received the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award for the 2004-2005 school year. While in law school, Palmer served as a judicial extern for the Honorable David A. Workman in the Los Angeles Superior Court. She also was chief articles editor and notes editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and vice president of operations of the Tax Society. Palmer graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002 with a B.A. in psychology. She is licensed to practice law in the state of California and has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

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.