Lisa J. Damiani

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in San Diego, California

Damiani Law Group APC
Lisa J. Damiani
Damiani Law Group APC

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in California since: 1988

Education: California Western School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

Damiani Law Group APC

1059 Tenth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website


Lisa J. Damiani, the founder of the Damiani Law Group APC, has zealously represented her clients in San Diego, California, for more than 30 years. She focuses her practice on the areas of employment law, personal injury, and criminal defense, with representative matters including those involving sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour violations, automobile accidents, drug crimes, DUI cases, federal crimes, sex crimes, white-collar crimes, murder and assault, and battery.

Before going to law school, Ms. Damiani first obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from New York University. She then went on to attend California Western School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1988.

Ms. Damiani's high level of legal skill has led her to win numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients. She has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available peer-reviewed rating for attorneys that is based on a combination of legal acumen and high ethics. In September 2012, Ms. Damiani was named as the attorney of the month by the San Diego Attorney Journal. In 2013, and every year thereafter, San Diego Magazine named her to its list of top lawyers in criminal law, employment law, and business law.

Dedicated to the furtherance of the law, Ms. Damiani is an active participant in several professional organizations. Her memberships include The State Bar of California, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Honorable William B. Enright American Inn of Court, and Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Damiani is licensed to practice law before all of the state courts of California, before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Non-Compete Agreements, Retaliation, Sex Offenses, Trade Secret, Wrongful Termination

  • 40% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients:
  • SAIC
  • Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
  • Eon Laboratories
  • Equity Management Inc.
  • Kaiser Electronics
  • Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • United States of America v. SDG&E, et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • Viens v. Beach Enterprises, et al., San Diego, California Superior Court
  • The San Diego City Employees Retirement System v. San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre, et al., San Diego, California Superior Court
  • Manduley v. Superior Court (People) (2002) 27 Cal. 4th 537
  • U.S. Marine Corps, General Court Martial of Staff Sergeant
  • People of the State of California v. Lawrence Grissom, et al., San Diego, California Superior Court
  • People of the State of California v. Cathy Lexin, et al., San Diego, California Superior Court, Court of Appeal & California Supreme Court
  • People v. Sempra Energy, et al., El Cajon, California Superior Court
  • Torres, et al. v. The City of San Diego, San Diego, California Superior Court
  • Raymond v. The Home Depot, et al., San Diego, California Superior Court
  • Lexin v. Superior Court (2010) 47 Cal.4th 1050
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lectured, California State Bar
  • Lectured, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Lectured, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
  • ABA sponsored program “Core Skills of Creative Problem Solving”, Facilitated
  • California Western School of Law International Law Journal, Published comment
  • Lectured, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Lectured, Federal Defender’s Inc
Educational Background:
  • New York University,B.A., 1983
  • Awarded for her trial advocacy skills, Richard D. Westbrook Trial Advocacy Award, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in its inaugural edition, 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 1998
  • Every year since 2013, “Top Lawyer” in criminal defense, employment and business law, San Diego Magazine
  • Attorney of the Month, San Diego Attorney Journal, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Courts for the Central, Districts of California, 1989
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • United States District Courts for the Districts of Nevada
  • California State Courts, 1988
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Districts of California, 1989
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Master, American Inn of Court, William B. Enright Chapter 
  • United States District Courts for the Districts of Colorado
  • Former Member of the Board of, American Inn of Court, William B. Enright Chapter
  • Oklahoma
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Districts of California, 1989
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member
  • Past Chair of the Criminal Law Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America 
  • State Bar of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, 1989
  • Idaho
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Supplier Clearinghouse certification as WBE, 2007
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • In 2015, Ms. Damiani was selected to be a member of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). LCA is a close-knit, peer-selected, and aggressively diverse honorary society of 3,500 of the best trial lawyers.  NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence., 2015
Industry Groups:
  • American Inn Of Court William B. Enright Chapter
  • CACJ
  • CAOC

Office location for Lisa J. Damiani

1059 Tenth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-908-1982


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

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