The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2009

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.

2009 Young Attorney Finalists

1-2 years

Matthew Bresnahan

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Helene C. Colin

Law Office of Lilia S. Velasquez

Megan M. Duma

McKenna Long & Aldridge

John P. Fiske

Wertz McDade Wallace Moot

Andrew D. Gregor

Foley & Lardner LLP

Karen E. Hernandez

Cooley Godward Kronish

Kimberly Kirkpatrick

The Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Jessica Klarer Pride

The Pride Law Firm

Susan Minamizono

Lincoln Gustafson & Cercos

Colin Parent

DLA Piper

3-5 years

Gary K. Brucker Jr.

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Alex Calero

California Department of Corporations

Olga May

Fish & Richardson PC

Patrick Ojeil

San Diego County District Attorney's Office

Kurt A. Oreshack

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Leslie B. Overman

Foley & Lardner LLP

Maria F. Palmieri

Law Offices of Maria F. Palmieri

Michael Pulos

Latham & Watkins

Kristin E. Rizzo

Rizzo Law Firm

Alexander Simpson

California Western School of Law

Devin Storey

The Zalkin Law Firm PC

Tamera Weisser

Jones Day

6-7 years

Olga Álvarez

Achtel Law Firm

Brandee Fernandez

Cooley Godward Kronish

Janet Dean Gertz

Baker & McKenzie

Stacey A. Kartchner

The Law Office of Stacey A. Kartchner

Michael R. Kiesling

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps

Christopher L. Ludmer

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Angela Mullins

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Leah A. Plaskin

Klinedinst

Amie Goble Scully

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Sean J. Stapleton

Alere Inc.

Lara Strauss

Littler Mendelson

John P. Fiske

Wertz McDade Wallace Moot

1-2 years

Catastrophic injury and business litigation occupy the majority of John Fiske's practice. A San Diego native, Fiske draws on his wide network of colleagues and friends in the local community to create the best results custom tailored for his clients.


Fiske's catastrophic injury practice includes several multimillion-dollar cases with attorneys John Ross Wertz and Joseph C. Lavelle, including automobile accidents, premises liability and intentional torts. Fiske recently obtained a $322,000 judgment on behalf of a Good Samaritan injured by an attacker while helping a domestic violence victim. Recovering for another Good Samaritan, Fiske fought to recover $1.75 million for a client helping an injured stranger on a dangerous property. Currently litigating multiple catastrophic injury cases, Fiske is aggressive yet responsible.


Fiske's business litigation practice features mid-size businesses throughout California and the nation. Offering reasonable rates, Fiske discovers the best business solutions for his clients' legal challenges. He believes litigation is a business decision that carries risks and rewards differently for each client at different stages of each venture. Reducing risk and qualitatively establishing goals and litigation parameters, Fiske encourages his clients to think creatively for the benefit of their businesses as well as the surrounding market.


Fiske enjoys volunteering for Big Brothers of San Diego County and the San Diego Bowl Game Association. He attended Mt. Carmel High, San Diego State and California Western. In 2007, Fiske was named one of "50 People to Watch" by San Diego Magazine for hosting and producing a local, daily CBS Radio program.

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