Craig Countryman

Fish & Richardson

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Craig Countryman is an attorney at Fish & Richardson, where he practices primarily patent law. Countryman’s practice covers all aspects of patent litigation, but he specializes in writing appellate briefs, summary judgment motions and post-trial motions.

He has argued an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he has been the principal drafter of several Federal Circuit briefs in patent cases dealing with technology ranging from hybrid car engines, computer network security systems and golf ball design, to integrated controller chips for power supplies, and medical devices.

He also regularly publishes articles on a variety of topics in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and other legal publications. 

In both his brief writing and his articles, Countryman tries to take a pragmatic approach to the law.

He strives to explain, in plain English, not only why a particular legal rule supports his position, but also why the rule exists and why applying the rule in the manner he advocates is consistent with the underlying purpose of the rule and common sense.

His judicial idol is Judge Richard Posner, and he checks the Seventh Circuit’s website every day to see whether there is a new opinion by Posner to read.

Countryman is on the board of directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and he is on the executive committee of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, for which he serves as a newsletter editor. He is also on the pro bono panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and takes cases through the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono program.

He has handled several pro bono cases, in areas ranging from immigration, civil rights, unlawful termination and the provision of medical care to the working poor.

Countryman received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006, where he was an articles editor for the UCLA Law Review, and he received his Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry from Caltech in 2003.  


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.