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  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law (1991)
  • B.A. with Department Honors, University of California at San Diego (1987)


  • All courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California


  • Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Education, San Diego County Law Library, 2020
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation Award, 2019
  • Charles M. Pfeiffer Award, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2018

Lilys McCoy

Lilys McCoy is a Deputy City Attorney for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office where she represents the City in a variety of civil litigation matters, including dangerous condition claims, civil rights actions, and state and federal statutory claims. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. McCoy served as the founding Director of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Solo Practitioners, a lawyer incubator program designed to help alumni start solo practices with a focus on access-to-justice and community service. In addition to the Center for Solo Practitioners, she led TJSL’s Epsten, Grinnell & Howell National Trial Team. While she was Director, the National Trial Team won the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Championship in 2013 and 2018, advanced to the Semi-Finals and the Quarterfinals of the National Trial Competition and won the award for Most Professional Team at the 2014 Pacific McGeorge National Ethics Trial Competition. While at TJSL her course load included Federal Evidence, California Civil Procedure, and Solo Practice Concentration. Before her work at TJSL, Ms. McCoy practiced civil litigation for 20 years with a focus on individual and class action consumer protection cases. She has tried matters to judges and juries and represented clients in judicial arbitrations, contractual arbitrations, and mediation hearings. Ms. McCoy also participates in a number of local and state bar organizations. She is a Past President of the San Diego County Bar Association, a Past President of Lawyers Club of San Diego, a Past Chair of the Conference of California Bar Associations and a Past Co-President of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association. A Master in the Enright Inn of Court, Ms. McCoy has been named a Super Lawyer, a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, a Top Attorney by San Diego Magazine, and a Woman of Achievement by California Women Lawyers. Ms. McCoy has been a Workshop Leader for the San Diego Inn of Court Evidence and Trial Practice Programs since 2003. She served as President of the Inn in 2018 and currently serves on the Board.

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