Clarissa E. Kearns

Kearns |  Walker, Hamilton & Koenig, LLP


Clarissa graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2000, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish. After teaching English in Mexico, and managing the office of a sole practitioner in Los Angeles, Clarissa moved to San Francisco to attend law school. She is a 2006 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law where she placed in the top 4% of her graduating class. She became licensed to practice law in California, and an associate at Walker, Hamilton & Koenig that same year.

For the past eight years Clarissa has handled a busy caseload in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, government liability, civil rights, insurance bad faith, and employment. She is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of California and has been selected for inclusion on the 2011-2014 "Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars" lists, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of lawyers in Northern California. She also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Clarissa lives in San Francisco with her husband, three young boys, and two tolerant cats. When not in the office, she enjoys exploring a new playground, park or neighborhood at the pace of a two-year-old.

She can be reached at

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property
  • Bicycle v. Auto Accidents
  • Pedestrian v. Auto Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Top Four Percent of her Graduating Class.
    • Honors: Member, Environmental Law Moot Court team
    • Honors: Quarter-Finalist in the 2006 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition of Pace Law School
  • Wellesley College
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2000
    • Major: Latin American Studies and Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • "Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars", 2011-2014
  • Witkin Award in Appellate Advocacy
  • Witkin Award in Community Property
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award in Writing & Research
  • CALI Award in Land Use Regulation
  • Recipient of the 2006 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Environmental Law, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese