Ashley Kerins


1-2 years

Ashley Kerins has been practicing law for the past two years. She currently works at RJS Law, where she focuses on federal and state tax controversies. She is the second chair on multiple criminal tax cases for filing false tax returns, aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns, and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements. She is the lead associate on numerous IRS small business and individual income tax audits, EDD worker classification audits, and SBOE sales and use tax audits. Kerins also drafts and responds to innocent spouse claims and consults with clients on their tax reporting obligations.

Prior to joining RJS Law, Kerins was a legal extern for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff and a summer associate with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Kerins has completed all of her education in San Diego. In 2007, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego at Revelle College. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2011. She graduated cum laude and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. She was also a member of the San Diego International Law Journal. Kerins went back to the University of San Diego School of Law to obtain her LL.M. in taxation. She completed her LL.M in 2013 while working full-time at RJS Law.

Kerins is very active in the community. During law school, she volunteered her time to several causes. She worked with the Domestic Violence and Unlawful Detainer Clinic as well as the Federal Income Tax Clinic. She is currently the co-chair of the Young Tax Lawyers division of San Diego County Bar Association, where she helps organize presentations on various aspects of tax law. She is a board member of the Rwandan Orphans Project, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides housing and school to more than 100 boys in Kigali, Rwanda, who have been affected by genocide, disease or abandonment.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2013

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 2013 Finalists

1-2 years

Ben Aguilar

Law Offices of Ben Aguilar

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Tyler Campbell

Foldenauer Law Group

Ben Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Michael Dallo

Dallo Law Group

Jeremy Evans

California Sports Lawyer

Michael Fullam

Parker Straus LLP

Kristen Gonzales Roberts

San Diego Law Firm

Melissa Laugle

Heggeness Sweet Simington & Patrico

Jing Li

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Aastha Madaan

Brownstone Law Group P.C.

Jacob Stipp

The Ellis Firm

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Geoff Thorne

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Alisha Wood

Law Office of G. Cole Casey

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Ankur Garg


Michael Healy

Fredrickson, Mazeika & Grant LLP

J. Patrick Hicks

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

John Landay

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Michael Leonard

San Diego Corporate Law

Jessica Mackaness

McKenna Long & Aldridge

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Caroline Perry

San Diego Padres

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Scott Salmu

Salmu Law Firm APLC

Travis Stewart

Provide Commerce Inc.

6-7 years

Sigurd Carlson

Sempra Energy

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Greg Del Gaizo

Robbins Arroyo LLP

Heather Ferbert

Christensen & Spath LLP

Brian Findley

Mulligan & Banham

Angela Jae Chun

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

James Mann

Latham & Watkins

Lindsey Mercer

Law Offices of Lindsey B. Mercer

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Alexandra Selfridge

Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield

Ashley Teague

Teague Law

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Harold Trimmer

Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch and Pott

Kyle Yaege

Galuppo & Blake

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 11
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 8
Finalists Notified November 11
Sponsorship/Advertising December 9
Publication December 18



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.