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Lisa Jean Damiani

White collar crime Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.6   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lisa

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Lisa J. Damiani, named as a San Diego Super Lawyer since 2010, received her B.A. degree in 1983 from New York University and her J.D. degree in 1988 from California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she made Law Review. Her Comment was published in the California Western School of Law International Law Journal and she won the Richard D. Westbrook Trial Advocacy Award for her trial skills in 1988. She became a practicing member of the California Bar in 1988 and started her own law practice, focusing on criminal cases.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Damiani Law Group APC

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Samuel | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prolonged During Pandemic
My initial consultation with Lisa was insightful and useful for me to understand the process I needed to go through. I felt respected and heard, and she was able to represent me in all my hearings. She kept me updated on important information throughout the case and was even able to assist in other matters that arose in my life during that time. My case was prolonged due to the pandemic, and it seems like forever to have a hearing. Lisa worked with the court to find alternative ways to serve in community service to complete hours requested during the 2020 shutdown. She was attentive and helpful the entire time even though the issue went long than expected. I will continue to refer and use her for issues in the future.
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Posted by Burton | February 13, 2022
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Giving Me Back My Life
It is with a sincere heart and deep gratitude that I thank Lisa, and her wonderful staff at Damiani Law Group. My professional life was in shambles, I was lost and uncertain of my future, so I called Lisa for help. Lisa, and her dedicated staff, constant professionals, gave me their all, used their amassed talents, abilities, and means to put me at ease, and made my life whole again. Whenever I called, had questions, or needed anything, Lisa and her staff responded in a timely manner, with effective answers, and the appropriate course of action. Thank you Lisa, Amanda, Christopher, and the rest of the committed staff at Damiani Law Group. You have treated me as family, and have been a true blessing in my life. Burton
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
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Lisa is a Top Attorney I highly recommend
I am so grateful for Lisa and her expertise. Lisa is an amazing attorney I highly recommend! I was dealing with two cases and prior to Lisa I had a different lawyer who was doing nothing. I decided to take action and did my research and I am so thankful I came across Lisa Damiani. I did not hesitate to hire Lisa not only is she extremely knowledgable but she helps you feel calm during the stress of legal issues. Her ability to provide me mental ease during such times is something I will forever be thankful for. Not only does she know whats she's doing but she has an excellent strategic mind and actually cares about whats best which is quite hard to find. Thanks to the help of Lisa the result of my case was much much better than I would have even imagined and it is now over.
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Posted by Maani | March 23, 2021
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Sensational & Exceptional Attorney
Lisa is an amazing lawyer. I was charged with a serious case in 2019 I truly felt innocent on. Just because of a prior of the same nature years ago when I was in my twenties. They had charged me with three different Felonies, two of them strikable. At the time I found out I was finishing a project in Florida and was very busy. It completely thru me off the mission I was on. It was a tumultuous and aggravating time and there started the suffering I went thru for two years after. It completely thru me off my game and concentration on the project. At the time I was embarrassed to tell Lisa that it had happened to me again especially how good of job she had done for me on the last one. But after much research and talk with my family everyone agreed that Lisa and only Lisa would be the one for the job and she was. She navigated this case wonderfully and time managed precision, her confidence and strategy were flawless and extraordinary. She moved thru the motions of this case like a bird homing in on its prey from above with accuracy. The resolution was unbelievable. End result all felonies dropped in exchange of one small misdemeanor with summary probation. Nothing really compared to what I was originally facing. I now know what it means to be “ facing”. I cannot thank you enough on this one Lisa J. Damiani. I feel like it’s a whole new world and start for me once again and again in all sincereness thank you so much. If you are in need of an outstanding attorney please don’t look any further..Lisa is it. Thank you again and God bless you Lisa J. Damiani. Your friend Maani.
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Posted by John | October 7, 2020
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Excellent Law Advise
While being involved in a "Time Charging" accusation, the Damiani Law Group was a great help advising me of my position in this case. While working with the organization that was investigating the case, Ms. Damiani was able to resolve the issue. On another issue, Ms. Damiani gave me great advise after being terminated from a large aerospace company. I appreciate everything the Damiani Law Group has done for me.
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Posted by Sean | March 7, 2018
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Wow what a fun experience because I felt protected
Lisa rocked my case! She was fact finding to the point the other side had no clue what to say. They had no where to go and Lisa made sure that the fact where presented and no one could deny them. I barely had to talk and when I did she told me how-to present myself. I follow her instruction and got and A+. Thanks so much Lisa you are awesome! Also her office staff is fantastic as well. Such a caring group!
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Posted by Pradip | March 6, 2018
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Lisa is an excellent lawyer.
Lisa represented us in a very difficult case with the desired outcome. She is excellent, diligent and cares for her clients. We have kept in touch for many years and she is always available for us. A rare professional.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional lawyer
Lisa Damiani is truly one of the most exceptional lawyers in San Diego County. Upon being charged of a crime, I was immediately referred to Lisa and hired her as my attorney. That was one of the most life-changing decisions I have ever made. From the very beginning, I had no legal experience or much understanding of how the law works in my case. Lisa was there for me every step of the way; from explaining my personal case in full detail, all the way until the outcome of my case. I could not be any more thankful and appreciative for all of the work Lisa has put into my case and I’m even more thankful for the outcome. If anyone is looking for an attorney with experience and knows what they’re doing, I would highly recommend Lisa 10 out of 10 times. Thank you so much
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2017
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You Get What You Pay For - Highly Exceptional Attorney
Lisa is what you would expect from a lawyer that has been in the business as long as she has. You know the phrase, you get what you pay for? This is so true on so many levels. Prior to Ms. Damiani, I was referred to a friend of a friend much cheaper that ended up malpracticing in my case, almost causing a major nightmare. Lisa took my case literally within two weeks before the deadline. She came highly recommended to me! I would like to highly recommend her to anyone that is serious about getting results and wants them the first time. She started off on the civil side then it moved to criminal and she quickly shifted gears and has been on top of her game keeping me up to date and even contacting me via her personal cell. That is unheard of from an attorney. Results speak for themselves..
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Posted by Andrew Wellisch and Luisa Alvizar | October 15, 2017
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As Good As It Gets!
Thank you for all of your help. We are grateful for your efforts. We feel fortunate to have met you. You are an awesome attorney and kind human being. You inspire people more than you know. You are as good as it gets. Best, Andrew and Luisa
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally professional, understanding and organized
I hired Lisa Damiani in 2016 to help with a serious workplace investigation into allegations against me, that was conducted by attorneys hired by my employer. Her efforts amounted to the exceptionally smooth handling of an extremely serious, difficult and stressful investigation. From collecting and analyzing documentation, through to helping with interviews in terms of preparation, assistance during the interviews and follow up afterwards. She kept me focused on what had to be handled and when, and to work through the process efficiently, but firmly. In the end it was incredibly successful. But, only with the truth and a great attorney at my side.
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Posted by Stephen | March 1, 2015
Federal investigation dismissal through Damiani Law Group work
I engaged Lisa Damiani very shortly after I received a subpoena from the US Attorney's Office and a call from the FBI. I was the target of a Federal investigation involving securities and wire fraud. At first, I was extremely lost and confused. I didn't know how to engage or even look for the proper attorney. My good friends had local recommendations and after meeting with one, he directed me to Lisa. I contacted her as I left his office and we promptly set up an appointment for the next day at her office. Lisa literally spent hours with me the next day hearing my background, asking questions, and determining my involvement. She explained the process of the Federal system, which I knew nothing about. She explained what could possibly happen - the good, the bad, and the really ugly. After hearing me explain the situation, she concluded that my involvement in this case should not have been as a target, but rather a victim. She very easily understood the events that brought me to this point and saw that the millions of dollars I and my family, friends, and colleagues had invested had been taken from us by a very conniving individual. This individual made it seem as though my initial investment dollars would be rolled into the next company, then into the next company, etc. All the while he made promises of me taking on executive roles at these companies and many other promises. I even invested more money with him based on his sales pitches and promises, including a partnership with him. Lisa immediately engaged the US Attorney's office and responded to them on my behalf. I never had to speak with an FBI agent or the US Attorney again. Through meetings with Lisa and Andrew Hillier, we gathered all necessary information in a very detailed way, sorted through each individual document, email, etc., and was prepared ahead of time for all inquiries from the Federal government. Lisa and Andrew managed very professionally and adroitly to provide all the necessary evidence showing the Federal government and investigating agents that my role in this entire “conspiracy” was that of a victim. Shortly after the evidence was presented, Andrew received word that I was no longer under investigation. This entire experience completely turned my world upside down and it was only through my trust in Andrew and Lisa that the best possible outcome occurred. I am extremely grateful to them and I would recommend them with the most complete confidence.
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Posted by M.T. | February 2, 2015
Testimonial
Before we took Lisa Damiani as our legal counsel, we had consulted with another attorney. He never returned our call. Lisa was recommended by a friend, and after having researched her profile we decided to give her a call. I ended up leaving a message. Lisa called back right away and we were able to speak with her about our case. Ms. Damiani has always along with her staff answered our questions and has returned our calls. She has helped us through a very trying time. She has always been very professional, and caring. It is very important to have a lawyer who will return your calls and listen to what you have to say and address those needs. Ms. Damiani and her staff seem to fit all that criteria. When you are in need of legal counsel, you want someone who will be in your corner, and Lisa Damiani is the one you want.
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Posted by Peggy Loewy Wellisch | February 2, 2015
Testimonial
In 2008, I felt lost due to a labor dispute with a major corporation until I met with Ms. Lisa Damiani, Esq. I learned about Lisa from a well-respected partner of a big law firm who told me to contact Lisa since she was, as he noted, “one of the best attorneys he had ever faced.” The moment I met Lisa, at the initial consultation, I had felt that she was very different from other attorneys. Lisa patiently listened to my story. She really wanted to help me with my case. Lisa asked me questions and gathered all of the facts. Lisa also explained the law to me in a way that was simple and easy for me to understand. She timely returned my calls. Lisa zealously defended me and successfully negotiated a settlement on my behalf that was far greater economically than I could ever have imagined. I am extremely pleased with Lisa’s expertise as an attorney and the manner in which she practiced law, which led to the successful outcome of my case. To this very day, I feel deeply grateful for Lisa’s help. I recommend Lisa to my family and friends. Lisa is as good as it gets.
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Posted by Sheri | July 29, 2010
Doesn't let the ball drop!
From the Arrest to the trial she and her staff worked on the case as if it was their only one. Walked you thru the case and each faze of the process. Lisa tells you like it is and doesn't sugar coat any part of it! No surprises to deal with. For a stand up Lawyer, you will find no other.
Posted by Alan. | June 18, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Consulting Fee
I spoke with the attorney on the phone for 40 mins at a charge of $150. She went in detail on information you coud have read online or with another attorney at no extra cost and I did so because I wanted to cover some basis with another attorney. She gave me the same information as the other attorney or that you could get online, she did it in a manner that set it up as me being satisfied with the money I spent. Overall she seems like a great attorney but could have compacted the call to 10-15 mins but did not do so because she had charged me for the consultation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
False Hope and Literal Waste of Time
I sought council from Lisa Damiani over wage discrepancy and a potential class action lawsuit against my former employer. During and after our consult I was reassured that she would notify me within one week on whether she would represent me or not. I followed up multiple times reminding her of my deadline to bring a suit and received no response. After no response for several weeks I lost the opportunity to move forward with my actions, because of Damiani's inability to respond in a timely matter. However, I received a notice two months after our initial consultation from her firm that she would not be able to take on my case..... I was absolutely dumbfounded as to why she would bother contacting me with this letter after two months of absolutely no outreach. All Lisa Damiani had to to do was tell me initially (or within agreed upon time frame) that she did not have time for my case, which would have afforded me time to find another attorney who actually respected my time. I definitely do not recommend Lisa Damiani to anyone looking for representation.
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Response from Lisa Damiani May 22, 2017
I am sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with me. Since this review was posted anonymously, I cannot specifically address your issue. I invite you to contact me at my office so that we can discuss this further. My firm takes time to review your records and conduct additional research to evaluate whether it can and will enter into a contingency fee arrangement (where a fee is collected by the firm only if there is a recovery at the end of the case). Because these types of arrangements, especially a class action suit, require the firm to take on a significant financial burden and risk related to collection of its fees and costs, we tend to take more time evaluating them. Sometimes the review can take two months. However, we are always cognizant of the statute of limitations and advise prospective clients of those limitations. We make sure that we return telephone calls and email messages the same day or within 24 hours and inform prospective clients of our decision on contingency fee cases prior to the statute of limitations running. It is likely that you may still be able to pursue your claims, so I urge you to call me right away. Sincerely, Lisa Damiani.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Damiani Law Group APC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • McKenna & Cuneo, LLP (Now McKenna, Long, & Aldridge, LLP)
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Lisa J. Damiani
  • 1989 - 1993

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Manduley v. Superior Court (People) (2002) 27 Cal. 4th 537
  • California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 21 and client ultimately received probation sentence
  • Lexin v. Superior Court (2010) 47 Cal.4th 1050
  • The case was dismissed after the California Supreme Court granted the defense challenge to the complaint
  • U.S. v. SDG&E, et al., Case #06 CR 0065 DMS/07 CR 0484 DMS
  • Court dismissed the indictment pretrial against all Defendants. The government re-indicted all defendants and the matter went to trial. After six weeks of trial in June 2007, the jury found the firm’s client not guilty.
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Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court
  • Master (former Board Member)
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1989 - 2008
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1989 - 2007
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member (Past Chair of the Criminal Law Section)
  • 1988 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Attorney of the Month - September Issue
  • San Diego Attorney Journal
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Trial Advocacy Award
  • Richard D. Westbrook
  • 1988
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Publications

  • Daily Journal
  • Managing Parallel Proceedings Is Essential to Protecting the Rights and Maximizing the Benefits to the Client
  • 2008
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rehabilitation in the Juvenile System vs. Adult State Prison -- Keeping the Juvenile Offender in Juvenile Court
  • 2003
  • California Western School of Law International Law Journal
  • The Power of United States Courts to Grant Jurisdiction Over Foreign Heads of State
  • 1988
  • Unknown
  • The Cost of Litigation: Who Pays the Bill?
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Trial Lawyers Association Boston Conference
  • Rehabilitation in the Juvenile System vs. Adult State Prison
  • 2003
  • San Diego Federal Defenders Seminar
  • Multi-Defendant Case Strategies
  • 2000
  • NAPEO National Convention New Orleans
  • Investigating Misconduct --Added Responsibilities for the PEO
  • 2000
  • California State Bar Annual Convention San Diego
  • Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings
  • 1998
  • Conference Unknown
  • Core Skills of Creative Problem Solvin
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Superb representation skills, experienced, knowledgeable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Lisa Damiani is one of the few attorneys in San Diego who truly does both civil litigation and criminal defense, rather than just dabbling in one. She is extremely articulate, intelligent and appropriately aggressive. I wouldn't want her on the other side of one of my cases."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
San Diego White collar crime Lawyer Lisa Jean Damiani
Lisa Jean Damiani
White collar crime Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 35 years