Jamie Ritterbeck is a strong litigator and community service all-star.

Ms. Ritterbeck’s litigation practice consists of complex business disputes, employment law matters, and torts.  She represents and advises clients during prelitigation and in state and federal courts, and has extensive experience handling significant exposure matters.

Ms. Ritterbeck is a talented legal writer and has often delivered victories for her clients through pre-trial motions, including demurrers, anti-SLAPP motions, motions for summary judgment, and various motions to dismiss.  She is often recognized for her analytical skills and her strategic, thoughtful approach with clients.

Passionate about pro bono service, Ms. Ritterbeck has made a significant difference in the lives of others through her work on immigration matters.  Perhaps most significantly, in 2017, she teamed with colleague Rachel Moffitt Garrard to represent a boy from Guatemala who fled his country due to years of unspeakable violence.  She was able to help her client obtain political asylum, a life changing result that is not easily granted.  Ms. Ritterbeck continues to provide pro bono representation in immigration matters.  She also serves on the Alumni Board at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she is chair of the mentoring committee.

Ms. Ritterbeck was selected to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years.  This award highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the country. She has also been recognized as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2021.

While in law school, Ms. Ritterbeck interned at the University of San Diego School of Law’s Appellate Clinic, where she successfully represented her client before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals, resulting in her client’s release from federal custody. As a result of her superior work and 100 plus hours of pro bono legal services, she was honored as the Outstanding Clinic Intern and bestowed with the USD School of Law Certificate of Merit. Additionally, she gained invaluable experience as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Nita L. Stormes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, as well as a Judicial Extern for the San Diego Superior Court criminal judges.



Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers® "Rising Star" (2021)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript Top 40 Under 40 (2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" (2021)
  • San Diego Metro Magazine 40 Under 40 Award
  • USD School of Law Certificate of Merit
  • USD Outstanding Clinic Intern
  • CALI Award for excellence in Contracts and Legal Writing
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center Pro Bono Publico Award
  • State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Business Law, Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Board Member
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
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