Alise Fonseca is one of HPI’s leading attorneys in Santa Barbara.  She grew up in La Jolla, California and received her B.A. at The University of California San Diego.  Since a young age she has always been fascinated by how laws impact our daily lives. She has also found that “helping people makes her happiest.” Alise attended California Western School of Law and graduated Cum Laude.

During school, she pursued a career goal by becoming one of thirteen selected from her class to join the California Innocence Project.  This experience solidified her desire to help those in need, provide a voice to her clients and seek justice.  Alise has worked with Harris Personal Injury Lawyers since 2010, when she was a paralegal exploring different fields of law.  She chose personal injury because she saw the positive impact a law firm or lawyer could have on a person once they’ve been placed in an extremely vulnerable and daunting dilemma.  Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is proud to have an attorney like Alise.

  1. What inspired you to become an attorney? Since I was very young, I’ve always been fascinated by the law and the influence it has on our everyday lives. I’ve also found that what makes me happiest is helping other people. Working as an attorney allows me to channel my passion for helping people into a career that continues to challenge me every day.
  1. Why did you choose personal injury? I have worked with Harris Personal Injury Lawyers since 2010. I was a paralegal exploring different fields of law. I chose personal injury because I saw the positive impact we, as a law firm, could have on a person once they’ve been placed in an extremely vulnerable and intimidating predicament: going up against big corporate insurance companies. I am forever grateful to provide a voice and negotiate a resolution for those people who need it most. And there is not another firm I would rather work for.
  1. What is your philosophy when representing a case? I represent all my clients like they are a close family member or friend. Clients come to us in a very painful and stressful time in their lives, and I try to make the experience as comfortable and personable as I can. Ultimately, my goal is to allow the client to resolve their claim, ensure that they walk away from the experience in a better position, in hopes that they are glad they chose a personal injury lawyer.
  1. How do you spend your free time? I love to travel, write, walk on the beach with Kirk (my husband) and Penny (our adopted dog), play soccer, bike around Santa Barbara, try new foods, cook, listen to music and even play music (I’m learning to play the ukulele). I also love to read a good book.
  1. What advice would you give to those students in law school? Don’t forget to sit back and appreciate how much time and effort you have put in to get to this point in your life. Keep a perspective and be grateful for how far you’ve come.


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