Nicole Heeder

Law & [M]ocean

3-5 years

I found my calling early on in my career. While earning my degree, I focused on enhancing employee rights by serving as a law clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Atlanta. It was here that I was inspired to open a plaintiffs' employment law firm. Following my dream, I worked as a post-bar clerk for a solo practitioner before hoisting the sails of my own practice. Directly out of law school and without a single connection in California, I moved to San Diego and opened a law practice dedicated to bringing balance back to the workplace. Today, Law & [M]ocean is a thriving plaintiffs' employment boutique.

In my practice, I have settled, mediated and litigated a wide range of employment cases covering discrimination, retaliation, harassment, leave law violations, wrongful termination and wage theft. These cases tend to be very emotionally charged because of the personal nature of one’s employment. Some days are more difficult than others, but it is always worth it when I can vindicate the rights of an oppressed worker.

Outside of the office, I strive to make a difference in our community. Closest to my heart, I am a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, where I write for CELA VOICE, a blog dedicated to informing the public of breaking news in employment law and educating readers on workers’ rights. For the last three years, I have also served as a director of the new lawyer division of the San Diego County Bar Association, where I am able to encourage the participation, education and professionalism of young attorneys. Next year, I will sit as chairwoman of our successor organization, the Forum for Emerging Lawyers, which will ease the integration of new lawyers into our general membership.

Reaching beyond the legal profession, I assist the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Community Outreach Committee. This committee strives to improve the lives and status of women and children in San Diego through ongoing and special hands-on projects performed specifically by local attorneys.

In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors with my husband, Harry. We take every opportunity to appreciate this spectacular city, often hiking, camping and kayaking along the shore.

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.