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Victoria is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization – a distinction earned by only 1% of her California peers. She handles appeals and writs in state and federal courts in a wide range of practice areas, including:

Business disputes. Victoria represents large and small businesses in appeals concerning issues ranging from contract interpretation to the anti-SLAPP statute. (See, e.g., Severin Mobile Towing Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (2021) 65 Cal.App.5th 292 [summary judgment reversed in a case clarifying the laws governing banks handling fraudulent deposits].) 

Public entity laws. Having represented many public entities, Victoria has substantial experience with the Government Tort Claims Act, theories of liability in various contexts, and statutory and other immunities. 

• Employment litigation. Victoria has represented both employers and employees. She has extensive experience with issues pertaining to wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and workers’ compensation exclusivity. 

Personal injury cases. Victoria has represented plaintiffs in contexts ranging from elder abuse lawsuits to coordinated fire cases. She also represents individual and entity defendants, including a nationwide coffee company in an appeal clarifying the law of causation. (Shih v. Starbucks Corporation (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 1063.) 

• Family law matters. Victoria’s case load nearly always includes multiple family law appeals, raising issues ranging from the proper characterization and division of property to undue influence committed by a spouse, enforceability of pre-and postnuptial agreements, support and custody, and DVTRO proceedings.

Victoria currently serves on the Executive Committee of the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court, a group of judges and lawyers organized to promote excellence in appellate advocacy. She previously chaired the Appellate Practice Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Juris Doctor, University of San Diego
School of Law, 2001

Bachelor of Arts - Spanish Literature,
University of California, San Diego, 1996

Awards and Recognition

Super Lawyers, 2019-present

Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal (2015)

Metro Mover, San Diego Metro Magazine (2015)

Pro Bono Público Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center (2014)

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Understanding the Difference Between Family Law and Civil Appeals,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, Dec. 13, 2021

“Appellate Tips for In-House Government Defense Counsel,” Program Panelist, Mar. 15, 2019

“A New Challenge or Business as Usual?  Resolving Cases in an Eight-Justice Supreme Court,” San Diego Lawyer, Jul/Aug 2016

Supreme Court OT2015 Roundtable, The Daily Transcript, Vol. 130, No. 196, Oct. 5, 2015