Gabrielle DeSantis Nield

Gabrielle DeSantis Nield

Encinitas, California
(760) 232-4021
(800) 827-1458
(760) 942-9882

Gabrielle De Santis Nield is the principal and partner of Nield Law Group with her husband/partner, Edgar R. Nield and has over 30 years litigation experience. Ms. Nield received her Bachelor’s (BA) Degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1978. She attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles and obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) in May of 1983, successfully completing the California Bar the first time around for admission in December of 1983.

Ms. Nield and Ed Nield represent the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in defending its correctional officers and medical staff when sued by state prisoners for civil right violations in Federal court and when sued in Superior Court. As such, Ms. Nield has a strong background in correctional law, medical malpractice, and tort litigation.

In addition, Ms. Nield has practiced in civil litigation defense where her practice was focused in the areas of personal injury and professional liability defense. She was a partner in the former insurance defense firm of Tuverson and Hillyard and after achieving partnership, she joined the in-house law firm for State Farm Insurance Companies, Richard H. Patterson and Associates, as Assistant Counsel focusing her practice on third and first party personal injury defense. Ms. Nield then joined her husband at his practice, DiCaro, Nield & Coppo, to be close to her family while raising their children. Ms. Nield later joined the former Carrick & Ramey firm focusing on construction defect and became Managing Partner of their San Diego office.

Together, Ed Nield and Gabrielle Nield formed their current law practice Nield Law Group APC where they practice correctional law defense, maritime defense, and personal injury and medical malpractice civil litigation. As with Ed, having practiced in both the plaintiff and defense arena, Ms. Nield offers a unique perspective and advantage to clients of the Nield Law Group APC.

Ms. Nield is licensed to practice law in California and the United State District Courts in California in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern District as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the California Bar Associations as well as the San Diego County Bar Association and North San Diego County Bar Association.

Gabrielle has tried numerous cases to a jury, participated in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations and is a past arbiter with the San Diego courts. She enjoys running, working out, and spending time with her family and friends. Gabrielle also is involved with non-profit organizations that support parents and mothers who have lost their children.

Areas of Practice

  • Correctional Law Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Car and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Premises Liability/Slip and Fall
  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Loyola Marymount University
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • North San Diego County Bar Association, Member