Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 1-2 years

Melissa Deleon is a first-year associate at the Law Office of Philip Dyson. Her practice focuses primarily on personal injury, as well as employment litigation and business litigation. In her first year of practice, Deleon managed several personal injury cases, including obtaining settlement in a wrongful death case arising from the death of her client’s teenage son, her most rewarding work to date.

Deleon is a native San Diegan and graduate of San Diego State University and California Western School of Law. While in law school, she volunteered at the Legal Aid Society, mentored first-year law students, and was a volunteer mediator in Small Claims Court and the Girls Rehabilitation Facility.

Deleon was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2010 and is an
active member of the legal community. She is an associate of the American Inn of Court, Hon. Louis M. Welsh chapter. She also serves on the board of directors and as membership chair for the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego. This year, Deleon has assisted the organization in commencing and co-directing Community Law School, a monthly program that provides legal education to members of the community about relevant and applicable topics, such as small claims court and immigration law.

Deleon’s other professional affiliations include membership in the Lawyers Club of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association, Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee of the SDCBA and the Personal Injury Mentoring Circle through the New Lawyer Division of the SDCBA. She is also a Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego Volunteer mentor to law students. 

Deleon believes serving her community is as important as serving her clients. In addition to Community Law School, this year Deleon cleaned and rebuilt homes as part of the annual community event, “Project Facelift,” volunteered at the SDCBA Beach Cleanup, manned the SDCBA water station during the Rock and Roll Marathon, participated with the SDCBA New Lawyer Division in the National Walk to Save Homeless Youth, and ran a charity race for the Hoyt Foundation, which benefits youth and athletes with disabilities.


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.