Ben Aguilar

Law Offices of Ben Aguilar

1-2 years

Attorney Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on family law and immigration law cases.

Prior to starting his solo practice, Aguilar worked for the Spanish Justice Department in Barcelona, Spain, where he helped victims of domestic violence. He also clerked at the Center for International Protection in Moscow, Russia, helping provide legal aid to Russian nationals who were victims of human-rights violations. During this clerkship, Aguilar became proficient in filing complaints before the European Court of Human Rights. Locally, Aguilar clerked at the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties for two years where he assisted in the prosecution of Franco Gonzalez v. Holder, a class-action case that secured the right to appointed legal representation for individuals with mental illnesses who are locked in immigration detention facilities and facing the possibility of deportation.

Aguilar serves on the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and was recently elected to the San Diego County Bar Association New Lawyers’ Division. Aguilar also serves the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation as a member of the Professional Advisory Network. Aguilar was recently recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of the Latinos Making a Difference in the city of San Diego for his volunteer work with victims of domestic violence through the Family Justice Center, and his commitment to volunteer work on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Aguilar was also a semi-finalist in the 2013 Daily Transcript Top Attorneys in both family and immigration law.

Previously, Aguilar served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Visionaries in Philanthropy (Meals-On-Wheels San Diego). Aguilar has also served as the American Bar Association's Ninth Circuit Lieutenant Governor of Communications and as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works.

Aguilar is an active member San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association. He received his J.D from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2011 and his B.A. in sociology with a minor in education from the University of California Irvine in 2007.

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



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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.