Wana Lee Bernales is the owner and founder of The Bernales Law Firm in downtown San Diego. Her practice focuses on business and real estate transactions and litigation.
A San Diego native, Bernales graduated with a degree in biology from San Diego State University, where she was on the dean’s list. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Bernales began to realize her interests aligned more with real estate and business. In 2007, she obtained her California Real Estate Salesperson License and began to delve into real estate. She represented buyers and sellers, worked with real estate investors and worked as a property manager.
Bernales obtained her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, where she received an Academic Excellence Award and was a finalist for the First Year Oral Argument Competition. As a law student, she also served as a marketing director and 2L representative. Bernales was sworn into the California State Bar in 2013.
During law school, Bernales externed for the Hon. Michael Villani, Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas. She also gained trial court experience during her internship with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern.
As a practicing business and real estate transactional and litigation attorney, Bernales has worked on a wide range of cases related to business, including business litigation, business formation and business contracts. She has also worked on cases related to real estate, including homeowners associations, homeowner disputes, real estate contracts and landlord/tenant.
Bernales is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the San Diego County Bar Association, American Bar Association and Asian Real Estate Association of America.
Bernales also serves on the board of the California Western School of Law Alumni Association and the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego. She speaks Korean and basic Spanish, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, cycling, trying new restaurants and traveling.
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.
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|Nominations Open||September 15|
|Nominations Close||October 31|
|Nominees Published||November 12|
|Finalists Notified||November 14|
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