As a young lawyer Brett began to distinguish himself as one of the next generation of legal leaders. In only his fourth year of practice he earned recognition as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys, perhaps the youngest person to do so. He proceeded to serve as the youngest President in the history of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) and continues to serve on the CASD Foundation Board. Brett also sits on the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California.
Under his leadership CASD has organized teach-ins in low income schools putting on mock trials to show how the legal system works. Some of his other creative projects include collecting gently used office supplies from law firms for redistribution to school children in under privileged countries, and collecting used cell phones and smart phones so they can be repurposed and donated to health care providers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Despite having received numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, as well as regularly being honored with legal awards and accolades, Brett’s proudest moments are often found outside of the courtroom or an awards ceremony. Whether lecturing student groups on the personal rewards of the legal profession, speaking to high school students on the dangers of distracted driving, or handling pro bono matters for those in need, Brett is guided by the Hebrew principle of ‘Tikkun olam’, which means ‘healing the world’.
Brett moved to San Diego from South Florida to pursue his law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Brett not only managed to gain invaluable real-world experience, he also found time to be a prominent student leader as well as a member and competitor of the school’s Law Review and moot court teams.
Brett’s legal background spans the halls of the legislature to the courthouse steps. As a legislative intern in the Florida Senate and later as a lobbyist, Brett first learned the ins and outs of the legal process from the legislative perspective. Whether it was monitoring committee meetings, honing his negotiating skills outside the Capital rotunda, or advising municipal and corporate clients about the impact of pending legislation, Brett put to use every aspect of the legal process – experience that would prove to be invaluable as a trial lawyer.
Brett brings a diverse knowledge and experience to his practice. He clerked for several years with a South Florida law firm that specializes in criminal defense, civil litigation and family law. Brett then worked as an intern in the Major Crimes division of the San Diego Public Defenders office in order to gain experience in criminal defense law. Before joining Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, Brett clerked with a small appellate practice, where he was tasked with filing appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and writs of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Brett feels right at home with a balance of complex litigation, serious injury and condemnation cases. He is admitted to practice in all California courts and the Southern and Central Districts of the United States District Court of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a proud member of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Association of Justice.
Brett and his wife Shayna, a clinical psychologist, live in Ocean Beach with their four young children. They enjoy surfing, yoga, tennis, and family outings that always include their golden retriever, Maui.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
HONORS & AWARDS
2018 Best Lawyers in America : Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
2017 Top 100 Personal Injury Verdicts in California
2017 Top 3 Toxic Tort Verdict in California
2016 & 2017 Recipient of Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award of Merit
2015-2016 SuperLawyers Rising Stars
2015 CASD Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award
2015 San Diego Business Journal Best of the Bar
2015 – 2017 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
2014 National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts in America
2012 Daily Transcript’s Top Attorney Award
2011 Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorneys
2011 CASD President’s Award for Service
2010 Daily Transcript’s San Diego Top Attorney Award
2009 Daily Transcript’s San Diego Top Attorney Award