Meet The Team
Deborah Dixon is a founding partner of The Dixon Firm. Her practice focuses on class and mass actions relating to defective products and fraud. Deborah also concentrates her practice on employee gender discrimination and harassment actions, as well as additional employee claims. In addition to filing claims on behalf of employees, Deborah frequently advises employers on best practices to avoid lawsuits and presents on the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. Deborah actively litigates cases in state and federal court, completed several multi-week jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts as well as arbitrations.
Deborah also serves as the General Counsel for the Los Angeles Chargers, acting as the lead lawyer for the NFL team.
Deborah is the current President of the San Diego County Bar Foundation. She previously served a three-year appointed term as a Lawyer Representative to the United States District Court for the Southern District. She is the past-president of Lawyers Club of San Diego, and past-chair of several committees including its nonprofit. She is also the past president of Alumni Association Board of Directors for California Western School of Law, where she has been an adjunct professor in multiple courses relating to trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. Deborah serves as the Vice President of the San Diego Inn of Court, and has been a workshop leader for evidence and trial programs for years. She is a Master with the Welsh Inn of Court.
Deborah is a frequent speaker on litigation topics, including for the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Mass Torts Made Perfect, San Diego County Bar Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, among others.
Gerissa Conforti brings her years of litigation experience as the firm’s commercial and business litigation partner and is an integral attorney within the class action and mass torts department.
With extensive experience litigating cases in state and federal court, Gerissa has represented several Fortune 500 companies and global enterprises in complex business disputes ranging from fraud, breach of contract, commercial real estate disputes, products liability, and premises liability, to general liability issues, among others. She has represented hundreds of individuals in investigations and prosecutions by state and federal agencies and has been lead defense counsel in nearly 50 federal criminal cases in the Southern District of California.
She currently serves as outside general counsel for several startup companies, commercial and multifamily residential landlords and other businesses, providing strategic guidance on risk management, compliance matters, real property acquisitions, and lease negotiations. She also provides advice on a wide variety of contract and business issues, and represents her clients’ interests in all stages of litigation. Her work on behalf of individuals focuses on class actions, mass torts and complex multidistrict litigation, advocating for those who have been injured by a defective product or harmed as a result of negligible or wrongful conduct.
Gerissa completed her undergraduate degree from University of California, Riverside, graduating cum laude in 2006. She earned both her Juris Doctorate (2009) and Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy (2011) from California Western School of Law, where she received multiple awards and accolades for her academic performance and trial advocacy. She was selected to the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list, honoring lawyers chosen as the most outstanding in their field, and has been nominated for both the Young Attorneys for the San Diego Daily Transcript and Outstanding Young Attorneys for UT San Diego. She served six years on the Board of Directors for California Western School of Law Alumni Association (2012-2018), and the Board of Directors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (2012-2015), chairing various committees and serving in leadership positions. She continues to serve the legal community and maintains active involvement in a number of organizations.
Tarina Mand is an attorney at The Dixon Firm representing plaintiffs in complex litigation matters, including class action and mass tort cases, as well as employment matters including discrimination, harassment, and assault. She actively litigates cases in both Superior Court and Federal Court, including jury trials in federal and state court.
Tarina is a leader within the community, advocating for inclusion and equality. She was the co-chair of the Women’s Advocacy Committee for Lawyers Club, and as former two-term President of the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego she launched the Equal Pay Transparency Initiative. She also serves as the co-chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee for the Federal Bar Association. She previously served on of the San Diego County Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the County Bar Leadership and Outreach Committee. She became one of the first members of the newly launched California Judges Association’s Committee on Law Student Wellness & Ethics, and currently helps mentor law students through Lawyers Club Mentorship Connection Program. She also provides pro bono legal services to veterans and victims of human and civil rights violations.
Tarina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. She received her Juris Doctorate at California Western School of Law where she received the Distinguished Student Award in 2016, receiving a scholastic scholarship every year.
Featured Speaking and Articles:
Wellness & Anti-Racism Roundtable.
Facilitator | SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, NOV 2020
Reproductive Justice Amidst a Global Pandemic.
Moderator | LAWYERS CLUB OF SAN DIEGO, SEP 2020
Ethics & Wellness – An Introspect Approach.
Speaker | USD SCHOOL OF LAW, SEP 2020
Women in the Law.
Panelist | UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, FEB 2020
Exploring Options in Civil Law.
Panelist | CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW, OCT 2019
Equal Pay Transparency Initiative: Harnessing community data to close the wage gap. SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION | NOVEMBER 2021
Measure B – Police reform with a little more teeth to protect women from officer misconduct. LAWYERS CLUB NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2020
Roe v. Wade may not see its 47th birthday: Reproductive freedom being reserved for the economically privileged. LAWYERS CLUB NEWSLETTER | JUNE 2019
Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “Public Charge” regulation threatens to disproportionately impact the health and general welfare of women and children. LAWYERS CLUB NEWSLETTER | MARCH 2019
Will California’s cannabis regulation limit commercial activity between licensed and unlicensed entities? THE NATIONAL LAW REVIEW | JD SUPRA | DECEMBER 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court strikes back abortion rights under California’s Reproductive FACT Act (Assembly Bill No. 775). LAWYERS CLUB NEWLETTER | SEPTEMBER 2018
Kelly McDaniel is a Senior Paralegal at The Dixon Firm. Kelly specializes in complex litigation matters, including preparing filings in every jurisdiction as well as multi-district litigation and judicially coordinated complex proceedings, and has been the lead paralegal on federal and state class action jury trials. Kelly is a vital member of the firm, managing all aspects of the litigation support for all the cases. Kelly graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She then attended the University of San Diego’s Paralegal program where she completed the program with honors and began working as a paralegal in 2007.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, hiking with her dogs, and completing DIY projects on her home with her husband.
Julia Collins is a client liaison and legal assistant at The Dixon Firm. She has worked with the team for years to help obtain compensation for hundreds of clients devastated by utility-caused fires, in addition to class actions and mass torts.
Prior to joining The Dixon Firm, Julia had years of customer service and medical training in hospitals, working with cancer patients and conducting otoacoustic emission tests on infants to detect hearing loss at birth. Julia served in the United States Marine Corps, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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