Alisha Wood

Law Office of G. Cole Casey

1-2 years

Alisha A. Wood received her bachelor’s degree in biology, pre-med, with a minor in legal studies from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2005. Wood relocated with her daughter to Southern California in 2007 to attend law school at Whittier Law School in Orange County where she received her J.D. in 2010. Wood was an Intellectual Property Fellow in law school and attended on a scholarship.

She also served as the alumni liaison for the Student Body Association, and an executive board member of both the Moot Court Honors Board and the Trial Advocacy Honors Board. Wood participated in numerous competitions for both organizations. As a competitor with Moot Court, she was selected to represent Whittier Law School at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria.

During law school, Wood worked as a Certified Legal Intern with the Orange County District Attorney’s office. She also worked as a paid legal intern with the Orange County Legal Aid Society. These experiences allowed Wood to work on both sides of the justice system. Wood’s passion for fair and just advocacy developed through these positions. Upon graduation, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in criminal defense work. Wood took and passed the 2010 California Bar Exam.

In 2011, Wood accepted a position as one of only three associate attorneys with the Law Offices of G. Cole Casey, an exclusive DUI defense firm and one of the largest criminal defense firms in San Diego. She has been invited to participate in a variety of speaking engagements and volunteers her time to coach students in the San Diego Mock Trial Competition Program. In 2013, Wood was promoted to managing attorney at the Law Offices of G. Cole Casey.

At the National College of DUI Defense Conference, held at Harvard University in July 2013, Wood was selected to represent the state of California as the only California delegate in the college. She is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, The California DUI Lawyers Association, the San Diego Criminal Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association and Lawyers Club of San Diego. Wood is licensed to practice in all the California state courts and the United States District Court, Southern District. 

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.