Denise is an experienced civil litigator and counselor, who focuses her practice on all aspects of real estate including boundary, tree, and fence disputes, land use, failure to disclose and fraud claims, breach of purchase agreements, easements, partition and quiet title actions.  Denise also handles estate planning, trust administration, and probate and trust litigation..


Areas of Practice

  • Boundary, tree, and fence disputes
  • Non-disclosure and fraud claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of real estate purchase agreement
  • Commercial landlord/tenant disputes
  • Historical preservation
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Easements
  • Estate planning
  • Trust administration
  • Probate litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992
  • Virginia, 1996 (inactive)
  • Washington, D.C., 1997 (inactive
  • S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 1991
  • Whittier College, Whittier, California
    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – 1988
    • Honors: Magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Author, Closer Judicial Scrutiny Will Alter Antitrust Review of Mergers in Europe, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, July 2005
  • Co-Author, Vertical Law Reform: Fertile Ground for a New Antitrust Modernization Commission, ANTITRUST, Fall 2003
  • Author, Looking Before Leaping, The Recorder, September 2002
  • Co-Author, Thinking Strategically About Antitrust, Handling High-Tech M&As in a Cooling Market 2001: Ensuring That You Get Value, May 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Conservatorship Clinic, Legal Aid of San Diego
  • Volunteer, ACCION San Diego


  • Spanish

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