Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon has dedicated her legal career to representing victims of injuries and advocating for individuals with special needs and disabilities. Within her first year of practice, she helped recover a policy limits settlement in a contested-liability wrongful death case on behalf of a family who tragically lost their son in a shooting. Years later, she is an involved supporter of the nonprofit formed in memory of the victim, the Pugal Foundation, with a mission of enriching the lives of youth through involvement in artistic and creative programs. 

Deleon is serving her second term as president of Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego. Since 2012, she has been a director for Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego. This year, she was appointed to the administration committee of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and represented FALSD at the NFALA annual conference in Arizona earlier this year.

In 2014, Deleon became a member and volunteer for the Filipino American Association for Developmental Disabilities. She coordinated a free workshop for members on conservatorships and special needs trusts and presented a seminar on protections for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Working with her mentor and co-counsel, Randy Rechs, she litigated and obtained a six-figure settlement on behalf of a disabled individual in an action for neglect against a caretaker.

Deleon was raised in San Diego and is a graduate of California Western School of Law and San Diego State University, where she earned her degree in journalism with a minor in English. She uses her journalism background as a contributing writer for The Filipino Press, covering events such as the National Association of Women Judge’s Informed Voters Project and inaugural reception for San Diego’s first Philippine Honorary Consulate General.

Deleon’s community service includes volunteering for a local organization that promotes literacy in impoverished areas in the Philippines, mentoring  law students and college students, and volunteering for Girls Think Tank, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting homeless individuals. As a result of her service, the San Diego County Bar Association recognized Deleon with the annual “Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer” award in April.

Her other 2014 accolades include recognition as a top  “Young Influential”  by The Daily Transcript, San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of The Bar” finalist for personal injury litigation, and, most recently, a winner of the “Emerging Leaders: 25 in their 20s” award, recognizing up-and-coming leaders in San Diego. 

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2014

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 2014 Finalists

1-2 years

Wana Bernales

The Bernales Law Firm

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Irina Doliner

Gruenberg Law

David Gibbs

Law Offices of David B. Gibbs

Kira Guisto

Frantz Law Group

Amy Hsiao

Hsiao Law

James Kaen


Sasha Kamfiroozie

Law Offices of Hickman & Robinson LLP

Matthew Odgers

Law Offices of Matthew W. Odgers

Ronza Rafo

The Law Office of Ronza J. Rafo

Patrick Raue

Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP

Parisima Roshanzamir

Gomez Trial Attorneys

Irina Sherbak

Law Offices of Irina Sherbak APC

Jayme Simpson

Simpson-Myrick LLP

Aisha Williams

Qualcomm Inc.

3-5 years

Lauren Bates

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Jeff Boerneke

Latham & Watkins LLP

Elizabeth Call

Green Bryant & French LLP

John Clayton

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Inc.

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Jason Evans

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Jenn French

Leventhal Law Firm

Jordon Harlan

Berman & Riedel

Nicole Heeder

Law & [M]ocean

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

Pejman Kharrazian

Epsten Grinnell & Howell APC

Jonathan Liu

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Stacey O’Neill

Jurewitz Law Group

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Ian Schuler

Lorber, Greenfield & Polito LLP

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Lisa Yun

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

6-7 years

Amanda Allen

Aguirre Allen Law

Rebecca Blain

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jennifer Casler-Goncalves

Latham & Watkins LLP

Caroline Choi

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP

Emily Fox

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Jose Garcia

Christensen & Spath LLP

Fernando Landa

Crosbie, Gliner, Schiffman, Southard & Swanson LLP

Lisa Magorien

Andrews, Lagasse, Branch & Bell LLP

Alexander Maniscalco

The Loftin Firm P.C.

John McCarthy

Law Offices of John F. McCarthy

George Miller

Shustak & Partners P.C.

Dwayne Stein

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie

Michael Weitz

Blanchard, Krasner & French

Craig Wendland

The Frost Firm

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 15
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 12
Finalists Notified November 14
Sponsorship/Advertising December 12
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.