Ms. Bernales was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in San Diego, California for most of her life. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Biology, where she was on the Dean’s List. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ms. Bernales began to realize that her interests aligned more with real estate and business. In 2007, she obtained her California Real Estate Salesperson License and began to delve into real estate. She represented buyers and sellers, worked with real estate investors and worked as a property manager.
Ms. Bernales obtained her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, where she received an Academic Excellence Award and was Finalist for the First Year Oral Argument Competition. As a law student, she also served as a marketing director and 2L representative. Ms. Bernales was sworn into the California State Bar in 2013.
During law school, Ms. Bernales externed for the Honorable Michael Villani, Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also gained trial court experience during her internship with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern.
As a practicing business and real estate transactional and litigation attorney, Ms. Bernales has worked on a wide range of cases related to business, including business formation, business dispute, and business contracts. She has also worked on cases related to real estate, including real estate contracts, landlord/tenant.
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctorate, 2012
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelors of Arts, 2005
Activities & Affiliations
• Past Vice President, Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
• Past Board Member, California Western School of Law Alumni Association
• Member, San Diego County Bar Association
• Member, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
• Member, American Bar Association
• United Stated District Court for the Southern District California
• United State Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California