Finalist

Janet Gutierrez

Gutierrez & Associates

Young Attorneys 2012: 1-2 years

Janet Gutierrez was born and raised in Chula Vista. She is the first generation in her family born in the United States. Her mother and father, Bersain Gutierrez and Laura Tellez, immigrated to the United States determined that their kids obtain college educations and pursue promising careers.

In 2005, she graduated with honors, and is a recipient of the Engelhorn Family Scholarship from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2009, she graduated from California Western School of Law and is a recipient of the California Western Biodiversity Scholarship.

During law school, Gutierrez was a law clerk at Friestad Law Firm, Emrich & Associates, Horton Oberrecht Kirkpatrick & Martha, and Troutman Sanders (formerly known as Ross, Dixon & Bell). For Gutierrez, each clerkship focused on a different practice area, and gave her a wide knowledge base. More importantly, it prepared her for the day when she would open her own law firm.

In 2009, Gutierrez opened her own law firm, Gutierrez & Associates. Gutierrez & Associates is an interdisciplinary team, combining different disciplines to offer more solutions to today’s most pressing legal problems.

Gutierrez has an impeccable record in her community. She represents clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and who are facing foreclosure and evictions. She also assists clients facing a financial hardship to explore out of court workout solutions. In one of her landmark foreclosure cases, she was successfully able to get her client’s lender to repurchase the property it erroneously foreclosed on and sold after her client was approved for a HAMP Trial Plan, and return it to her client, reinstate the loan modification, and reimburse her client for the cost of the eviction. In two separate Chapter 13 bankruptcies, she was able to prevent two lenders from cancelling the loan modifications of her clients months to a year after they had been approved.  

For Gutierrez, the past two years of practice have been incredibly fulfilling. Looking forward, she is determined to become a certified specialist in bankruptcy and to welcome other associate attorneys to her firm. She also hopes to mentor other young attorneys the way her mentors — Christine and Shawn Friestad and Thomas K. Shanner — so selflessly mentor her.

Gutierrez is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2012

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 2012 Finalists

1-2 years

Jeff Bennion

Law Office of Jeff Bennion

Emily Crowley

Crowley Law Group

Janet Gutierrez

Gutierrez & Associates

Patrick Kane

Hamilton and McInnis LLP

Timothy Miranda

Miranda Law Group PC

Judson Price

Legal Recovery Law Offices

Andy Puls

Troutman Sanders

Jamie Quient

Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Ashley Recupero

Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Maggie Schroedter

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Laura Sheppard

Law Office of Laura R. Sheppard

Abigail Stephenson

Blanchard, Krasner & French

3-5 years

Holly Amaya

WIS International

Veronica Barba

Lucas & Barba LLP

Rebecca Blain

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jeffrey Boman

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Sarah Boot

U.S. Attorneys' Office

Andrew Botros

Law Office of James D. Scott

Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Ahmed Diab

Law Offices of Robert A. Stutman P.C.

Deborah Dixon

Gomez Trial Attorneys

Eric Eastham

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Charles Fanning IV

Oliva & Associates ALC

Shawn Fields

Johnson & Weaver LLP

Renee Galente

Galente Ganci APC

Amber Holderness

DLA Piper

Timothy Hutter

Allen Matkins

Abbas Kazerounian

Kazerouni Law Group APC

Jessica Klarer Pride

The Pride Law Firm

Michael Licari

D’Egidio Licari &Townsend LLP

David Lichtenstein

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Shyam Parekh

Qualcomm Inc.

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

6-7 years

Philip Alexander

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Inc.

Steven Bronson

Law Offices of Steven Bronson

Alex Calero

California Department of Corporations

Robert Chambers, II

McClellan Law Firm

Karen Chen

DLA Piper

Craig Countryman

Fish & Richardson

Liem Do

Qualcomm Inc.

Joseph Dunn

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Emily Gates

Wilson Turner Kosmo

AnneElise Goetz

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

T. Brooke Miller

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Robin Phillips

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

Malcolm Roberts

Sullivan Hill

Andrea Russell

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Raymond Ryan Jr.

San Diego Injury Law Center

Brittany Syz

Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP

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Important Dates

Nominations Open: August 31
Nominations Close: October 19
Nominees Announced: October 26
Finalists Notified: October 31
Sponsorship/Advertising: December 6
Publication Date: December 13

Sponsors

Newsmakers

Timothy Hutter, Allen Matkins

Associate at Allen Matkins San Diego, Timothy Hutter's drive and passion for law have earned him recognition as a top Young Attorney for 2012 by The Daily Transcript.

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.