Elisa A. Brandes

Professor of Legal Writing

  • LLM, 2006, University of San Diego
  • JD, 1991, University of San Diego
  • MBA, 1984, University of San Diego
  • BBA, 1980, University of San Diego

Areas of Expertise

Professor Brandes teaches courses in legal writing, research and advocacy.

Professional Experience

Brandes began her legal career as a criminal prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She later joined the firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahan & Vitek, where she handled a variety of civil litigation matters including wrongful termination claims, contractual disputes and attorney malpractice cases. She then started her own practice handling criminal appeals. Brandes joined USD School of Law in 2002.

Honors and Affiliations

Brandes graduated summa cum laude (LLM) and magna cum laude (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Key Works

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 117
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) 619-260-7964


Connor Dowling
(619) 260-4761

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Tue 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.