Monica R. Briseño



Monica’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including business, employment, ERISA, and land use matters.  She advises clients in connection with breach of contract claims, real property disputes, administrative enforcement actions, and fiduciary duties under multi-employer benefit plans.

Monica is experienced in all aspects of litigation in state and federal court as well as representation before administrative agencies such as the California Coastal Commission.  Her experience includes pre-litigation investigation, pleadings, formulating and implementing comprehensive discovery plans with special emphasis on complex e-discovery issues, dispositive motions, mediations and trial preparation.  Monica recently second chaired a week-long bench trial.

Monica is committed to pro-bono matters and has represented unaccompanied minors in asylum proceedings.  She is active in educational outreach in Los Angeles, serving as a board member on various charter school boards.  Additionally, Monica is active in the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, serving as the current Regional Mentorship Co-Chair for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP).  Monica also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.

During law school, Monica served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, article editor for the California Law Review, and as Co-Chair of the Berkeley La Raza Law Students Association.  Monica was a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard A. Paez, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.  Additionally, she participated in the New Business Counseling Practicum where she assisted entrepreneurs beginning new business ventures.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


Update on Major California Infrastructure Projects 2013, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section Review, January 2014

Speaking Engagements

Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy Graduation Keynote Speaker, Carson, California, June 5, 2014

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Prosser Award in Local Government Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)



  • Alliance College - Ready Public Schools, Young Professionals Board, 2014 - Present
  • Bright Star Schools, Board of Directors, 2016 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2016 Los Angeles Regional JIOP Mentorship Co-Chair

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 2012
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008, cum laude