Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon has spent her legal career representing victims of injuries and wrongful death, including advocating for developmentally disabled individuals who have been victims of caretaker abuse and neglect. Since her admission to the State Bar of California, she has handled an extensive caseload and secured optimal settlements on behalf of her clients in personal injury cases. She has gained valuable trial experience in the areas of personal injury and employment law.

Deleon is the president of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, an organization that seeks to advance Filipino-American and Asian Pacific American legal professionals and advocate for the Filipino-American community. As president, she has made it her goal to increase the organization’s community service efforts.

This year, Deleon organized Community Law School, a monthly program co-sponsored by FALSD that offers free legal educational seminars to the public. In addition, she coordinated a year-long book drive and fundraiser to benefit BKP-California, a nonprofit organization that builds libraries and promotes literacy in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines. Deleon also serves on the board of directors of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and mentors law students through PALSD’s mentorship program.

Deleon frequently gives lectures to law students and recently organized and moderated a seminar giving guidance and tips for a successful first year in practice. As a result of her student outreach efforts and commitment to diversity, she was asked to speak about the importance of diversity in the legal profession at University of San Diego School of Law’s annual diversity banquet.  

This year, Deleon became a member of Girls Think Tank, an organization dedicated to homeless advocacy. Deleon volunteers her time feeding the homeless with GTT and has volunteered at Stand Down, providing pro bono legal services to homeless veterans.

Deleon is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association and Filipino American Chamber of Commerce. A dedicated trial lawyer, she is a graduate of the San Diego Inns of Court Trial Advocacy College and a member of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Deleon is a San Diego native, earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University in 2007 and law degree from California Western School of Law in 2010. She was previously recognized by The Daily Transcript as a top young attorney in 2011, after her first year in practice.

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.