We were so proud to see Montage Legal Group freelancer, Bridget Gramme, on the cover of The Advocate Magazine!
USD Law School’s Annual Magazine, The Advocate, features its Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) as the cover story. CPIL’s mission is to harness the power of the law to institute positive social change by educating the next generation of leaders – public interest lawyers and government officials – and ensuring that our government adheres to its core mission of protecting its citizens. CPIL aims to protect and advance a reality where every person – rich or poor, old or young – is protected by a government that is ethical, accountable, and transparent.
Bridget Fogarty Gramme is the Administrative Director, and Supervising Attorney at the Center. A graduate of USD Law, she returned to CPIL after ten years in civil litigation practice in antitrust law, consumer protection, employment law, and a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo. Bridget is now in her fourth year at CPIL, and continues to handle freelance legal projects with Montage Legal Group.
I am so grateful to Montage Legal Group, which has given me the opportunity to keep my litigation skills sharp as a freelance attorney while I continue to build my career in academia and advocacy.
Bridget Gramme, freelancing since 2014
Bridget focuses on her legal practice on complex business litigation including employment, antitrust and consumer matters. Bridget has in-depth experience at all stages of litigation, from researching and drafting complaints through jury trial and appeal in both state and federal court.
Bridget graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego in 1998 as an International Relations and Latino Studies double major. She received her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law in 2003, where she received the Outstanding Contributor to the California Regulatory Law Reporter award for her reports on the Medical Board of California and the Bureau of State Audits.
Bridget began her legal career as an associate at Hulett Harper Stewart, LLP where she practiced complex civil litigation, including antitrust, securities, and consumer protection matters. During that time she handled and supervised numerous document review projects, took depositions, drafted motions, coordinated discovery efforts, and managed class certification and settlement.
Bridget then clerked for the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo during Judget Bencivengo’s tenure as a Magistrate Judge, as well as a District Judge. She researched and drafted dispositions on a range of matters, including the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, constitutional law, intellectual property, antitrust, and multiple employment claims.
Upon completion of her clerkship, Bridget joined Paul, Plevin, Sullivan, & Connaughton, as an associate where she counseled and represented employers in employment discrimination and wage and hour matters. There, she took and defended numerous depositions, drafted and argued dispositive motions, and handled class certification and settlement procedures.
Bridget is currently an Administrative Director for the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. There, she supervises law students in their monitoring of California’s occupational licensing agencies and drafting of articles for the California Regulatory Law Reporter, of which she is the co-editor. She is a member of the USD Law Alumni Board, and a College Coach for Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego.
Bridget lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters. She joined Montage Legal Group in 2014, and continues to practice law as a freelance attorney.