Candace M. Carroll (Retired)Of Counsel

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Candace M. 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.

Ms. Carroll is a long-standing supporter of the community and is actively involved in a variety of legal and civic organizations. She recently served for seven years as chair of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Advisory Committee for the Southern District of California. She serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Opera, and was appointed to sit on the board of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation from 2014-2016. Additionally, she is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association, and of California Women Lawyers, the statewide women’s bar association.  She has also served on the board of the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Ms. Carroll was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Attorney Award from the San Diego County Bar Association, which is presented to an exemplary attorney who provides outstanding community service above and beyond just service to the legal profession.  A graduate of Duke University Law School, Ms. Carroll was honored in 2009 with the Law School’s Charles S. Rhyne Award, 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 was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Commercial Litigation.

Ms. Carroll has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of Appellate Law in 2007 and 2011-2023.  She was also named a Top San Diego Lawyer by San Diego Magazine in 2015-2022.  Ms. Carroll was recognized in the special section titled, “Women of Influence in Law 2021,” of the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) for her accomplishments in the San Diego legal community.


  • 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 Sullivan Hill, Ms. Carroll 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 on advanced legal writing at Duke University and University of San Diego Law School, and for several years has supervised a Ninth Circuit Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego Law School.


Ms. Carroll serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Opera. She has served on the boards of the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project and of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program. She is a life member of the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors and is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, and Lawyers Club of San Diego. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and several other circuits, United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California; and before all California courts.