In The News


We are proud to announce that U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings have named Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans LLP a top-tier law firm in two practice areas for the 11th year in a row. As the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, the rankings honor Schwartz Semerdjian for our well-known work on large, complex matters where an entire business may be at risk, and rated Schwartz Semerdjian as an exceptional in San Diego for tort and labor and employment litigation. We congratulate our entire team for this well-deserved accolade!


Schwartz Semerdjian congratulates associate Kristen Bush on her recent appointments to several committees of the American Bar Association (ABA). Kristen will serve as the 2020-2021 Chair-Elect to the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's (TIPS) Ethics and Professionalism Standing Committee and as the TIPS Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Kristen will also serve as the 2020-2021 Vice-Chair to the ABA TIPS Women Trial Lawyers General Committee, as well as the 2020-2021 Chair to the ABA TIPS Business Litigation General Committee. Congratulations, Kristen!


Schwartz Semerdjian congratulates partner Sarah Evans for being named to the San Diego Business Journal's inaugural "Women in Law." We are proud of Sarah's dedication to the legal profession and her exemplary leadership in the community at large. Congratulations, Sarah


Schwartz Semerdjian associate Alison Adelman and her article, "The Civil Cure to COVID-19," are featured in the September 2020 issue of the San Diego County Bar Association's Publication for New Lawyers, For The Record. The piece highlights how COVID-19 has changed the practice of law, and left so many lawyers to shift strategies on a daily basis. It's a great piece to showcase how so many industries have been impacted. Nice job, Ali!


Schwartz Semerdjian partner Dick Semerdjian has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2021 Edition) in the fields of Labor & Employment and Personal Injury. This is the 12th straight year that Dick has been selected for this honor. Congratulations, Dick!


Schwartz Semerdjian's own, Sarah Evans, and her article, "Finding My Voice as a Female Litigator," are featured in the May/June 2020 issue of the San Diego County Bar Association's Journal, San Diego Lawyer, highlighting Women in Law. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your story, sharing your voice. Schwartz Semerdjian is delighted to share in the journey and successes of our female litigators. 


We are pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Evans as a named partner of the firm and our name change to Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans (SSCE) effective June 1, 2020.

“The firm’s name change recognizes Sarah’s significant contributions to the firm, our clients, the legal community and community at large,” said SSCE Managing Partner Ross Schwartz. “Sarah is dynamic, engaging and approachable to all who work with her, and we are fortunate to have her in a new leadership role at the firm.”

Sarah has been practicing law in San Diego since 2000, primarily working on employment law matters.  She regularly works to ensure employer compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, as well as provides insightful guidance to employers on critical issues, including preventing harassment and hostile work environment claims, wage and hourly compliance, and disciplinary actions.

Sarah is also a litigation attorney, defending lawsuits and claims filed by individual employees and defending clients in class action cases involving employment and wage issues. She is co-author of the employment law chapter in the first two and the upcoming third edition of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions,” published by the American Bar Association.

“Sarah is a highly regarded attorney, and we are thrilled to see her role evolve as the firm continues to grow,” said SSCE Founding Partner Dick Semerdjian. “We pride ourselves on diligence not only in law and serving our clients, but in the communities where we live and work, and no one exemplifies that more than Sarah.”

In addition to her work at the firm, Sarah has served in leadership roles in the Lawyers Club of San Diego, Border View Family YMCA, and Friends of Balboa Park, among others. She has received numerous accolades over the years, including being named California’s 40th Senate District's Woman of the Year in 2019, San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” multiple times, San Diego Daily Transcript list of “Top Young Attorneys,” and a San Diego Metropolitan Magazine “Top 40 Under 40” honoree.

Sarah obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California, and her Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. She resides in Bonita, CA, with her husband and their two school age sons.

Congratulations, Sarah!


During the unprecedented threat brought on by the recent coronavirus pandemic, Schwartz Semerdjian stands ready to support you. We understand that the current situation will lead to unique circumstances which may lead you to need or want legal advice, and we remain available to assist.

In order to continue to provide seamless and efficient legal services and communication, we have made several accommodations to limit the impact on the firm’s clients and visitors. We are operating with a more limited in-person staff, encouraging those who can and want to telecommute to do so. Schwartz Semerdjian attorneys have secure remote access to the firm’s computer system and will continue to be available by phone and via email.

We are confident that we will all get through these times and hope that all in the extended Schwartz Semerdjian family and in the community remain healthy. Thank you for your continued trust in Schwartz Semerdjian and our ability to serve your legal needs.


On February 12, 2020, the Associated Subcontractors Alliance will host their Annual Legal Update and Member Showcase, an information packed review of new and noteworthy employment and labor laws and regulations that affect those in the construction industry.  Schwartz Semerdjian attorneys Kevin Cauley, Kristen Bush, and Mark Bale will present on various topics, including the use of independent contractors, lactation rooms, amendments to the California Pay Act, harassment training requirements, paid family leave, and compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act.  Click here for the event flyerRegistration can be completed online at the ASA website.