Briana Ortega grew up in Tucson, and is a proud product of Southern Arizona. Briana attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law. Briana then moved to Spokane, Washington to pursue her Juris Doctor.
Briana graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. While there, Briana worked as the Articles Editor to the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, competed as the Captain to the National Trial Team, and earned numerous academic wards.
Prior to joining Goldsmith & Mendoza, Briana clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, where she assisted the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Division’s investigations and prosecutions. Briana then practiced in the areas of employment and commercial litigation at a law firm in Spokane. Briana has experience litigating commercial contract disputes, employment and disability discrimination, employment contracts, and personal injury.
Briana is passionate about eliminating racial and ethnic biases in the legal and court systems. In pursuit of that passion, Briana serves as a Commissioner to the Washington Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission, and Arizona Independent Redistricting Committee liaison to Legislative District 2.