Election Lawyer Alicia I. Dearn

Alicia Dearn, CEO + Trial Lawyer

Name: Alicia I. Dearn

Job: CEO + Trial Lawyer

Offices: San Diego, Riverside, St. Louis

Charity: Arrows Foundation

Motto: “Fortune Favors the Bold” — Ancient Greek Proverb

Dog or Cat?: Both!

Desired Superpower: Teleportation

Problem I want to solve: I want to help children orphaned by war.


You’re a great attorney and friend. Glad you always got me and my peoples’ back.


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Alicia I. Dearn is the founder of Bellatrix PC, a woman-owned, business facing law firm with offices in Saint Louis, Missouri; San Diego, California; and Riverside, CA. Bellatrix PC handles lawsuits and business transactions and gives legal advice in business, employment, real estate, civil litigation and election law.

Ms. Dearn is an experienced trial lawyer and businesswoman. Acting as an outsourced general counsel for many of her clients, Dearn takes pride in being a part of their internal business teams. Her clients come from a diverse portfolio of industries: manufacturing, restaurants, political, retail, software, employer organizations, real estate developers, entertainment and media, and non-profits. She has several trial wins and has obtained both defense wins and seven-figure verdicts for her clients.

In 2012, Ms. Dearn served as General Counsel to Governor Gary Johnson’s Libertarian campaign for U.S. Presidency. Notably, she successfully defended multiple legal challenges to Governor Johnson’s placement on ballots. This earned Dearn a reputation as a fearless lawyer as she single-handedly defeated some of the nation’s top-ranked election law attorneys in multiple eleventh-hour state electoral proceedings simultaneously.

With a lengthy resume in both federal and state courts, Ms. Dearn’s litigation practice is multi-jurisdictional, sophisticated and full-service handling trials, appeals, complex litigation matters, and class actions. Ms. Dearn has obtained seven-figure judgments and full defense verdicts for her clients. She is widely published on topics of law, politics and business. She regularly speaks at business organizations and universities and is a recurring guest on Rick Amato’s show, Politics & Profits. She is also serving a two-year term as President of the Saint Louis chapter of the National Association of Professional Women.

Prior to starting her own firm in 2008, Ms. Dearn practiced in general and employment litigation with two of the country’s most prestigious law firms, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. Under Ms. Dearn’s leadership, Bellatrix PC cares about one thing: helping our clients succeed and protecting them when they do. That is why we are Your Peace of Mind Advocates.

Ms. Dearn and her husband Simon hope to sail around the world together with their Portuguese Water Dog, Fitzroy.  It is unknown at this time whether Elliot the cat will join them.  They also have a dream of becoming parents and plan to adopt in the near future.

 Bona Fides

Awards of Distinction

  • SuperLawyers Rising Star | 2015-2016
  • San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar | 2015
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame | 2014
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College | 2014
  • Top Rated by ALM: Women Leaders in the Law; Lawyer in Labor and Employment | 2014
  • BV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell | 2014
  • National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year | 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rating in Business Law | 2013-2015
  • Semi-finalist, San Diego’s Top Attorney award in Business Litigation | 2013
  • Manuel W. Wiley California Pro Bono Service Award | 2007-2008

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Professional Women
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • DRI – National Defense Bar
  • Libertarian National Committee Ballot Access Committee


  • “Negotiation For Women: Ask For What You Want”, Sharp Heels 2016
  • “Negotiation For Women: Detach From The Outcome”, Sharp Heels 2016
  • “Negotiation For Women: Emotional Smarts At Work”, Sharp Heels 2016
  • “Spotlight on Bellatrix PC” San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015
  • “Help! I’ve Been Sued! Five Essential First Steps to Avoid Disaster”, Self-Published White Paper 2015
  • “How Supervisors Can Be HR Heroes”, Supervisor Blog 2015
  • “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Trademarks”, Self-Published White Paper 2015
  • “How to Hire A Lawyer”, Self-Published Five Article Series 2015
  • “How to Start A Business … Legally”, Self-Published White Paper 2015
  • “A Serial Entrepreneur Achieves Success with Her Law Firm”, The Story Exchange 2015
  • “What I Learned Sitting on a Jury”, ABA GPSolo eReport 2015
  • “Background Checks and Aptitude Tests for New Hires”, BBB 2011
  • “How California Employers Must Cut a Final Paycheck”, BBB 2011

Admitted to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Education University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., May 2004

  • San Diego Law Review Board, Comments Editor
  • Extern for Hon. James F. Stiven, Federal Magistrate, January 2003 – May 2003
  • Attended law school on a 90% merit scholarship

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, B.A. with distinction, English, June 2001

Alicia, you’re the best!

Gov. Gary Johnson

Alicia Dearn, CEO + Trial Lawyer
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