Family Sues City, State For Fatal Encinitas Bluff Collapse

Athea Trial Lawyers is seeking justice for the survivors of Julie Davis, 65, her 35 year-old daughter, Anne Clave, and Davis’ 62 year-old sister, Elizabeth Charles. The triple tragedy that occurred on Grandview Surf Beach in Encinitas on August 2, 2019 could have been prevented and new safety guidelines regarding beach erosion must be implemented.

Our Lisa Blue Wins Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

We are so proud of our very own Lisa Blue and her role in litigation against the world’s largest factory farm pork producer, Murphy-Brown LLC d/b/a Smithfield Hog Production — the hog growing component of Smithfield Foods. Their cases involve 500 Plaintiffs, 26 separate multi-plaintiff lawsuits, federal court jurisdiction and multiple defense firms representing Smithfield and its cohorts. Beginning in 2013, over years the team has face one challenge after another. Continuing through 2019 and now into 2020, the team has continued pushing ahead and achieving results.

Years-long struggle against polluting factory farm wins
2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Athea in The Dallas Morning News

We are so proud of our very own Charla Aldous and her role in facilitating a temporary restraining order allowing a Hillstone Restaurant Group employee the right to return to work while wearing a mask as protection from possible communal spread of COVID-19.

“She wants to work,” Aldous said. “She needs to work to earn a living. But she feels like without a face covering she is endangering herself, her family, her co-workers and the public. She wants to obey the law. There is an order for her to wear a face covering while at work, and her employer is not letting her comply with that law.”

Welcome to Athea Lawyers!

This is dedicated to all the women lawyers who bravely came before us, and to future generations of women lawyers who will undoubtedly come after us; and

To all the women who dreamed of making a difference in the world by working on important cases and having an active role in significant trials; and

To all the women who were constantly told “no” when they sought to have more active roles in these types of cases, at trial, or in their firms; and

To all the women who did not believe in themselves because they were told they were not good enough; and

To all the women who know that given the right funding, support, and experience, women trial lawyers obtain record-setting verdicts and settlements; and

To all the women who seek a sisterhood with other like-minded women for camaraderie, advice, assistance, mentorship, guidance and motivation; and

To all the young, fearless girls throughout the country who will grow up knowing and understanding that they have an important place in the law and in the courtroom; and

To all our male counterparts, including our trial heroes and the titans in this industry, who believe in us and share our commitment to ensure that women succeed and flourish at trial and in the legal profession.

Athea Lawyers is here because of all of you. 

This has been an idea that has been brewing inside me for a long time.  Over the last few years, I have attended and spoken at numerous women conferences, and noticed that whenever a group of motivated and committed women get together, something magical happens.  At these conferences, I also heard stories from too many talented women lawyers who have struggled to find their places in the courtroom or in their firms, and often felt powerless to do anything to improve their plight.  Sometimes they left and started their own firms, and then reported feeling alone and adrift. 

And then something even more disturbing began to happen:  women started leaving the practice of law in droves.   Studies have shown that every industry does better when women play an active role.  Women make the legal profession better.  We bring that spark of magic into every case – and into the courtroom.  Without us, many important cases would never have been brought or won.

So I, and others like me, stood back, watching and waiting for meaningful change – until finally, we decided to do something about it.  With Athea Lawyers, we have harnessed together for the first time the boundless legal talents, creativity and energy of some of the most successful trial lawyers in the country into one powerhouse firm with a common important goal:  to ensure that women trial lawyers succeed.  I am so proud to be working alongside these bad-ass women!  Their verdicts and success records speak volumes about the power of women in the courtroom and in the legal profession. 

We chose Athea Lawyers as the name of our firm because Athea was a bad-ass goddess.  Called the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, law and justice, and strategic warfare, Athea supported those fighting for a just cause and those who used cunning and intelligence rather than brute strength. 

Starting a law firm like this in the middle of a pandemic and when the country is under quarantine orders to shelter/work at home was certainly not our plan.  But then I read an interesting story about Athea:  Zeus held a contest between Poseidon and Athea for control over Athens. Poseidon, exhibiting power and strength, smashed his trident against a rock to produce a spring of water.  Athea, on the other hand, won the contest by planting an olive branch which bore olives and thrived in even the harshest of environments.  The olive branch became a symbol for perseverance, growth, victory, and peace.   Our logo bears this olive branch, with six olives symbolizing each of our founding partners.  We will always remember that we planted this particular olive branch during these chaotic times. 

This pandemic has forever changed the way we and all lawyers will practice law.  Over the past few weeks and months, lawyers and law firms have had to adapt to changing circumstances.  It has become more important than ever to ensure that lawyers can work remotely from anywhere, by having systems in place to not miss a beat, and using technology to conduct face-to-face meetings and depositions.  From this chaos, we all will emerge as stronger and better lawyers. 

Athea Lawyers has been formed based on these principles:  using cutting-edge technology, we offer so much more than traditional legal services.  We look beyond the brick and mortar walls of traditional law firms to work with the best lawyers in cases.  We have assembled an advisory board and have alliances with numerous entities to ensure that every need of our clients and other attorneys are met in creative and effective ways. 

During our “soft launch” in the midst of the pandemic, we recently decided to change the name of our firm to “Athea Trial Lawyers” as a better description of who we are.  “Athea” not only is the shortened version for the goddess, but also has a modern urban meaning:  a spunky wild imaginative girl who loves to kick butt.  According to one definition:  “If you ever find an Athea, never let her go, because she is the most amazing person you will meet.”   All women have the potential to be like Athea – and we are here to help you find that spirit and realize your potential. 

We look forward to working with our clients and all who fight for a just cause.  Please continue to stop by our site and spend some time “spilling the tea” with us.  We would love to hear from you about your thoughts, your lives, your experiences, and yes, even your cases. This is a place for us to share photos, videos, news, and great stories.  It’s not just for women, but I will close this with a thought for all women:

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back.”

Athea Lawyers is your tribe, and we will always have your back. 

Deborah Chang

Fund Her

After the 2016 election, we all knew we had to do something. For me that meant working toward a world in which my two daughters can see strong women leading our nation. And the natural focal point for me was state government, where we can reap the immediate benefit of electing women to make change at the local level and the long-term benefit of building a bench of phenomenal women with the track record, skills, and support they need to run and win at the federal level.

So, in November 2017, we launched Fund Her, the only organization powering progressive women to lead our states. Studies show that women are uniquely well-suited to governing: women pass 50% more laws than men do, are more collaborative than men, and they tend to legislate more than men on critical issues facing our society today such as healthcare, education, and poverty. Yet studies also show that women lack access to traditional sources of political fundraising and continue to be underrepresented at all levels of government.
Since our launch less than three years ago, we’ve helped elect 17 women, breaking records for women’s representation in California (with a chance to reach 40% this year) and helping flip Virginia blue (with a chance to flip three more states this year). Fund Her: because if women can lead our states, we can lead the nation; and if we can lead the nation, we can lead the world.
Valerie McGinty

Trial By Woman

Trial By Woman is a community of lawyers, mothers, daughters, legal professionals, business owners, students and friends who gather to support, encourage, and work with one another in an effort to propel the shift out of the patriarchal hierarchy and into the new collaborative, egalitarian future. Together, we are putting the past on trial so that we can design a brighter, more vibrant, prosperous future. Women helping women and men; women healing the world and each other. 

About Courtney Rowley

Courtney Rowley is the owner of The Rowley Law Firm. She is passionate about personal injury law and has practiced on her own for almost her entire career. Her work is mostly personal injury, with extensive experience representing victims of serious injuries, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and medical malpractice. She is licensed in California, Wyoming, and Iowa.
Courtney has obtained over one hundred million dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients. She spends an immense amount of time with her clients and their families. She finds that by spending time, getting to truly know her clients as human beings, she is better able to understand and translate their suffering and experience.
Courtney has been published in numerous publications across the country, including the Nevada Bar Association Journal and The Advocate.
She has studied and taught at the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, a college “dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals, the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression”.—Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College.
Courtney lectures nationally, speaking to other lawyers about trial work and finding human connection in trial. She has spoken at numerous bar associations and organizations, including the Nevada Bar Association, the Wyoming State Association for Justice, the Colorado Bar Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers, the Washington Trial Lawyers, Oregon Trial Lawyers, Iowa Association for Justice, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California and Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, among others.
Courtney practices with her husband, Nick Rowley, partner of Carpenter, Zuckerman and Rowley, one of the top trial lawyers in the country and author of Trial By Human, available on Trial Guides.
She lives in Ojai, California with her family. When she’s not busy you can find her on a long walk with her kids and dogs, or exploring new places with her family.


She stands four feet tall and her hair is swept up in a pony tail.  Her hands are on her hips and her head is held up high; she stands ready to face anything fearlessly—even the New York Stock Exchange.  Sculpted in bronze by Kristen Visbal, the Fearless Girl has become a beacon symbolizing the resiliency and power of women.

This video is inspiring because it reminds us of the importance of gender diversity —on Wall Street, in corporations, in law firms, and in the courtroom. We have a little bit of the Fearless Girl in all of us.