Chandler Ciernia is part of HFM’s Employment and Litigation Practice Groups.

Ms. Ciernia has experience in representing clients in different types of business litigation, and she has also represented clients in professional liability defense and in personal injury matters.

A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Ms. Ciernia was an Associate Writer and Editor of the San Diego Law Review and competed as a member of the school’s National Mock Trial Team. She was awarded the David S. Casey Trial Advocacy Scholarship for her achievements on the Mock Trial team and distinction in trial advocacy coursework.

While in her final year of law school, Ms. Ciernia was certified under the State Bar of California’s Practical Training of Law, which allowed her to litigate a credit deficiency case for a pro-bono client in the University of San Diego Civil Clinic.

Ms. Ciernia recently authored an Ethics in Brief article for the San Diego County Bar Association titled “No Adverse Inferences May be Drawn from a Refusal to Disclose Attorney-Client Privileged Communication.”  Prior to attending law school, she earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado Boulder with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business Innovation. Ms. Ciernia is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association and San Diego Defense Lawyers.


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers