Barristers / Young Lawyers Section

The Barristers/Young Lawyers Section provides recently admitted attorneys with networking, education, and mentoring opportunities. All members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association with fewer than ten years of practice are automatically members of the Section and are welcome to attend the meetings of the Section's Board to become more involved and to learn about what we do as a Section.

The goal of the Section is to build a network within the bar association, develop familiarity with all aspects of the legal field in Contra Costa County, and to help new attorneys with their burgeoning legal careers. The section wants to help its members to have a deep understanding of what other lawyers do, a strong social and referral network no matter where their practice takes them, and a genuine commitment to advancing the profession.

The Barristers Section accomplishes this by creating educational (MCLE) events targeted to recently admitted attorneys, by engaging in charitable endeavors, and organizing social events and outings that allow young lawyers to grow their network of peers, potential mentors, and judicial officers.


Matthew S. Colliss, Esq.
Law Office of Matthew S. Colliss
1855 San Miguel Drive, Suite 17
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: (925) 393-7000


Ryan Apperson


Jerome Pandell


Saron Tesfai

MCLE/Events Coordinator

Lynsey Johnson

Chris Crittenton

Members at Large

Natasha Chee
Indy Colbaith
Michael Davis
J. Sterling Elmore
Joanne Funke
Mary Grace Guzman
Kyle Junginger
Jeffrey Thayer

President Ex-Officio

Jeremy Seymour

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