Scott Salmu

Salmu Law Firm APLC

3-5 years

Scott Salmu was the first in his family to be born in the United States. His parents, Nate and Lamia Salmu, were immigrants who worked long hours to ensure he would get an education and obtain a promising career.

Salmu is principal of Salmu Law Firm APLC, an established and accomplished criminal defense and tort litigation firm that has obtained favorable outcomes, including several dismissals and large settlements, for clients.

In a recent case, Salmu filed a motion correcting a sentencing error, which allowed his client to be released from prison in half the time. He also helped release a wrongfully accused client from custody, who was facing a life sentence, by obtaining a second not-guilty verdict.

During law school and after passing the California State Bar, Salmu was employed as a Legal Claims Advisor at San Diego Superior Court, in a program that offers litigants assistance in filing civil claims. He spent one year as a law clerk with the San Diego Public Defenders Office, and second-chaired several criminal trials. He received recognition awards for working above and beyond the call of duty and for providing exemplary service.

Salmu has been a member of the American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has participated in the American Inns of Courts Trial Program.

Salmu speaks Arabic and Aramaic fluently. He provides pro bono legal services for Iraqi refuges across San Diego County. He has assisted with fundraising for Sheriff Bill Gore, Bonnie Dumanis and Judge Robert Amador, and continues to assist the San Diego Rescue Mission and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital with fundraising.

He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Hadeel, and their two children, Brandon, 4, and Brianna, 2.

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.