Candace M. CarrollOf Counsel

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Candace Carroll is a highly-regarded appellate practitioner with more than 40 years’ experience handling appeals in the federal, state and bankruptcy appellate courts. Her cases have encompassed a wide range of subjects, including contract disputes, insurance and indemnity issues, wrongful termination, intellectual property, personal injury, Constitutional issues, and complex family law matters.

Candace is and has always been active in a variety of legal and civic organizations, and is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association, and of California Women Lawyers, the statewide women’s bar association. She serves on the boards of directors of the San Diego Convention Center, of which she is currently Vice Chair, and the San Diego Opera, of which she is the Secretary and Parliamentarian.

A graduate of Duke University Law School, Candace was honored with the Law School’s Charles S. Rhyne Award in 2009, given to an alumna whose career as a practicing attorney has demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity. She holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyer in the field of appellate law (2007, 2011-16). In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was named a Top San Diego Lawyer by San Diego Magazine.


  • Duke University Law School, J.D., 1974, with honors, Order of the Coif
  • George Washington University, B.B.A., 1969, Phi Beta Kappa


Prior to her 30 years of practice with the firm, Candace spent seven years in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and a year serving as Court Law Clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She has taught seminars in Advanced Legal Writing at Duke University and the University of San Diego Law Schools, and currently supervises a Ninth Circuit Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego Law School.


Candace chairs Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointments Committee for the Southern District of California. She also serves on the boards of directors of the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Opera. She is a life member of the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and California Women Lawyers.

She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and several other circuits, the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts; and before all California courts.