Lilys D. McCoy

Lilys McCoy
Director of the Center for Solo Practitioners and Solo Practice Concentration
J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law;
B.A., University of California at San Diego, California
Phone: (619) 961-4353

Attorney Lilys D. McCoy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in June 1987 with Department Honors in Political Science. She graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in May 1991 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1991. In 1999, she completed Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. Ms. McCoy has practiced almost exclusively in the area of civil litigation since 1992 and has tried both jury trials and bench trials, as well as representing clients in judicial arbitrations, contractual arbitrations, and mediation hearings. From 1999 until 2012, Ms. McCoy dedicated her practice to representing plaintiffs in consumer protection cases, including automobile fraud, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases, and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases.

In addition to her practice, Ms. McCoy participates in a number of local and state bar organizations. She reported on Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act ("Lemon Law") jury instructions for the Jury Instruction Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. She was a co-author of the amicus brief submitted by the Consumer Attorneys of California to the California Supreme Court in the case of Gavaldon v. DaimlerChrysler Corporation (2004) 32 Cal.4th 1246. She was a member of the American Inns of Court (Enright Inn) from 1998 to 1999 and is an instructor for the San Diego Inn of Court Evidence and Trial Workshops (2003 through present). She is now on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Inn of Court.

Ms. McCoy served as president of Lawyers Club of San Diego from 2002-2003 and as Chair of the Lawyers Club Judicial Endorsements Committee from 2003-2005. In 2007, Ms. McCoy received the Belva Lockwood Award from Lawyers Club. Ms. McCoy served as Co-President of the Tom Homann Law Association from 2005-2007 and received that organization’s 2008 Co-President’s Award. She served as Chair of the Conference of California Bar Association from 2009 to 2010.

Ms. McCoy was selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorney in 2006, and was selected for San Diego Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2009. Ms. McCoy has spoken on consumer protection issues to community and legal organizations including Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, the Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance Office, and the Southwest Navy Legal Service Office. In 2004 and 2005, Ms. McCoy helped coordinate the consumer law segment for the San Diego Superior Court, North County Division, Youth-Day-in-Court program. She currently volunteers with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California, CARE Program, which exists to provide education on consumer issues to schools and other community organizations. She also serves as an instructor of Civil Litigation, Evidence Law, and Business Law at the U.C. San Diego Extension Paralegal Program.

Ms. McCoy has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.


Lunch with the Solos

Lunch with TJSL's Solo Practitioners: Learning to Go it Alone

April 11, 2013

TJSL hosted an informative event on April 10 – “Lunch with the Attorneys in the TJSL Center for Solo Practitioners.”

The nine TJSL alumni...

Mock Trial Team

TJSL Mock Trial Team Makes the Final Four in National Trial Competition

April 8, 2013

TJSL’s Mock Trial team made the “final four” of the National Trial Competition by reaching the semi-finals of the event, held in San Antonio,...

Professor Lea Fields-Bernard, Robert Sagerian, Jay B Campbell, Michael Fabinski,

TJSL Mock Trial Team Heads to Texas for National Trial Competition

April 4, 2013

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Mock Trial Team is competing in San Antonio this weekend (April 5-7) at the National Trial Competition,...

Mock Trial Texas

TJSL Mock Trial Team is Going to Texas to Compete

February 26, 2013

On March 20, the TJSL Mock Trial Team will compete in  the 2013 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, Texas. Coached by Professors Lilys...

Mock Trial TYLA

TJSL National Mock Trial Team Wins TYLA Regional Competition

February 19, 2013

For the first time in school history, the TJSL National Trial Team won the 2013 regional competition of Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) in...