Cassandra Hearn, lead attorney

I am a zealous advocate for the rights of my clients. This means that I focus 100% of my attention on delivering the best possible result for the individual needs of each client.

I am a sharp litigator. I have a keen ethical sense, and I am not afraid to stand up and fight for the rights of my clients. 

I worked at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor where I regularly prosecuted misdemeanor and DUI offenses and made daily court appearances.In that time period I successfully compiled a winning record including fifteen full jury trials. My job as a prosecutor taught me how the system works from the inside. Now I use that knowledge to help my clients. 

In addition to running a thriving litigation practice, I also spend time every week teaching trial skills as an adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

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Education:

Law Degree: Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

I chose a litigation-focused university where I regularly competed against, and beat, Ivy League trial teams in litigation tournaments (including Harvard, Yale, Boston University, and more). My education also includes hands-on prosecution training with the Suffolk County DA's office.

We've helped countless clients ACHIEVE the best results. Here's what they've said:

Ms. Hearn is a fantastic attorney! Her commitment to her clients never ceases to amaze me. She is a true advocate and it is very apparent she works hard to get the best possible outcome for each and every client. If you need an attorney - I highly recommend her!
— A.K.
Thank you for all you do. Your services are invaluable.
— B.T.
Cassandra is definitely someone that you want on your side of the courtroom. She knows the law inside & out and does amazing work. When she talks, people listen. Her influential personality makes for a phenomenal lawyer.
— M.M.
Ms. Hearn is a dedicated, trustworthy, and extremely intelligent attorney. She will work with you to help find the best options for your situation and will be an advocate for your rights. Ms. Hearn is extremely straight forward in everything she does including billing, which is quite refreshing. If you are in need of a great attorney I would give her a call.
— K.R.
Not all attorneys are equal. It’s a mistake to assume that just because someone passed the bar and can practice, that they are talented or competent. I’m a very discerning client, and Cassandra Hearn is a top tier attorney. She is extremely intelligent, bold, and a force to be reckoned with when she enters a room. She genuinely invests in a case and examines every aspect of an issue, and moves powerfully on behalf of her clients.
— L.H.

erin mcdonough, Associate Attorney

From a young age, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that would have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. It was in the fourth grade when I was given a homework assignment to write about my intended career path. I wrote down that I wanted to become an attorney so that I could help people in a way that was unique to the problems they were facing. 

I attended law school in 2014 to make my dream a reality. Throughout law school, I volunteered at the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office working with the domestic violence unit, filing restraining orders and advocating on behalf of domestic violence victims. During my time at the District Attorney’s Office, I not only was able to successfully stand up and be a voice for those in need, but I also honed in on my ability to empathize with each victim on a personal level. 

When I am not working in the office, I am working towards living my best life. I enjoy working out, hiking, baking and curling up with a good book in hand. 

As an Associate Attorney, my passion for obtaining the best result for each client is unwavering. I consistently strive to apply the knowledge and skills that I have learned to every case I handle. I am always seeking the opportunity to learn and fight hard to ensure that I am doing the best job possible for our clients.

Education:

Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a BA in Political Science from University of California, San Diego.


Otis J. crockett, of counsel Attorney

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In over fifteen years as an attorney, I have striven to provide the greatest value to my clients. Starting as a solo practitioner handling family law, bankruptcy and criminal matters, I always focused on being the strongest advocate for my clients and ensuring they received the best possible outcome. When I was a prosecutor, my passion for advocacy never wavered.  While prosecuting misdemeanor and DUI offenses, I honed my advocacy skills in over twenty jury trials. Prior to leaving the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, I was promoted to Chief Deputy City Attorney with responsibility for training other prosecutors. 

I took the skills I learned as a solo practitioner and prosecutor and transitioned to working in labor and employment for San Diego’s largest employer, the University of California, San Diego.  

In that role, I advised management at the highest levels of the institution as well as serving as the university’s advocate before state and federal administrative agencies as well as numerous arbitration hearings.

After five years, I was promoted to the Director of Labor Relations. In my desire to provide the greatest value to the university, I decided to leave my role as Director of Labor Relations and to take on a newly developed position as Director of Investigations for the university. In that role, I used all of the lessons I learned in my years as an attorney to ensure that those accused of wrongdoing were afforded fair and thorough investigations of the alleged misconduct.

I love working with the Law Offices of Cassandra Hearn, APC and this extraordinary team. In my role as Of Counsel to the firm, I return to my passion for advocacy, applying all of the lessons I have learned in my fifteen years as an attorney. Clients will receive the benefit of my many years of experience and my focus on providing the greatest value possible. 

EDUCATION:

Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law and a BA in Political Science from University of California San Diego.


ericka pawlowski, client liaison

I am a seasoned Office Manager and Administrative Coordinator, but my true passion in life is helping people. It is my goal to work with each and every client to ensure their needs are being met.  I truly enjoy supporting others and ensuring they have everything they need for their success on a daily basis. I am also a very nurturing person who enjoys helping others feel comfortable around me. I love helping our clients, and I am looking forward to helping you.