Angelica A. Samaniego

Angelica A. Samaniego returns to Varner & Brandt's Riverside Litigation Team after accepting a special assignment position with a law enforcement oversight agency in 2008. Angelica brings over 11 years of both private and public sector legal experience to Varner & Brandt. Her private sector practice focuses primarily on civil litigation involving a wide variety of areas of law. Angelica's public sector experience involved representation of numerous public entities on litigation matters, including governmental tort claims, CEQA matters and defense of law enforcement in use of force cases. Additionally, Angelica was an attorney for a nationally recognized oversight agency in Los Angeles called the Office of Independent Review (OIR). At the OIR, Angelica provided civilian oversight for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Internal Affairs' Bureau's investigations into officer misconduct, use of force, officer involved shootings and other critical incidents.

Angelica has been recognized for service by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff of Los Angeles for service to the Citizens of Los Angeles County and the National Association for Equal Justice in America for service to the Black and Latino communities. She has presented to Criminal Justice students regarding officer involved shootings at La Sierra University and has presented on law enforcement topics as a panel member for the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

Angelica received two B.A. degrees, Political Science and Liberal Studies, with high honors from California State University at Fullerton and her Juris Doctorate from Fowler School of Law (formerly known as Chapman Law School). Angelica is married and has two daughters.

Focus

Community Involvement & Pro Bono

  • Volunteer, Attorney Judge for the Riverside High School Mock Trial Competition

Honors & Awards

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Advanced Evidence, Chapman University School of Law
  • Regional Finalist, Mock Trial ALTA Competitions 2003 and 2004
  • First President, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, California State University at Fullerton

Education

  • Chapman University School of Law (Fowler School of Law), JD, 2004
  • California State University at Fullerton, BA, with Honors, 1999

Admissions

  • The State Bar of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
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