Andrea Russell

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Andrea Kaplan Russell is an associate at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge. Her experience includes representation of individuals and business entities in litigation matters. She concentrates her practice on complex business disputes, real estate, and professional and product liability actions. In her short time since beginning her practice, she has achieved many successes for her diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to single business owners.

Prior to joining Kirby Noonan, Russell spent several years at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, where she obtained significant experience in many aspects of civil litigation. Russell has taken and defended numerous depositions, written and opposed motions, negotiated settlements, and attended mediations. Russell has been given tremendous autonomy in handling her cases and is well-liked by her clients and colleagues. Last year, she co-chaired a jury trial to a successful verdict for her client, a large construction company. Also, she assisted with obtaining a defense verdict in a large-exposure premise liability action for her Fortune 100 retailer client.  She is an active member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court and Lawyers Club of San Diego. Russell was also recognized by <I>The Daily Transcript</I> as one of 2010‘s “Young Attorneys.”

Russell graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, earning bachelor's degrees in both sociology and mass communications. Russell received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007. While in law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Additionally, she interned for the United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, and worked for LG Electronics MobileComm USA Inc. in its legal department. Russell was the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award in Legal Writing and Research and Contracts. She also served as an executive board member for the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Before becoming an attorney, Russell worked in the broadcasting industry for both national and international sports and news channels. Russell is an avid sports fan, and in her spare time she enjoys watching Cal sports, traveling, cooking, and going to the beach with her husband and Bernese mountain dog.


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.