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The Team

Josh was introduced to how disability benefits affect a family at an early age – when his father suffered a traumatic brain injury after a major mountain biking crash when Josh was in high school. His father, who was the sole earner for the household, was in and out of 24-hour care for several months, and has not been able to return to the workforce since. It was the LTD benefits he received from his employer that kept the family above water.

For law school, Josh attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law and worked for a local Plaintiff’s personal injury firm during and after his schooling. While at TJSL, he worked as a professor’s assistant, coached an award-winning alternative dispute team, and took part in a volunteer teaching program, teaching homeless high school students at the Toussaint Academy in San Diego.

Josh decided to open his own practice in 2012 so he could focus on helping people with some of the most life-altering situations; dedicating his practice to make sure each client has their case seen through from beginning to end. Josh’s philosophy has always been that truly helping a client isn’t just through representation – but through personal attention, zealous advocacy, and transparency.

Outside of the office, Josh loves photography, mountain biking and road cycling, playing and talking about baseball, as well as checking out San Diego’s growing food and craft beer scene with his wife of 13 years, Julia.

Joshua Bonnici
Joshua Bonnici
Managing Attorney -

After working as an electro-mechanical sales engineer helping manufacturing plants solve production problems across Utah, Dan decided to become a lawyer to help people solve their legal problems. He earned his Law Degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. While in law school, Dan served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ruben B. Brooks in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Jan Goldsmith (Ret.) in the Superior Court of California.

Prior to joining Bonnici Law Group, Dan worked as a trial attorney with a boutique law firm representing personal injury clients and handling business dispute cases. He has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants through all aspects of civil litigation, trial, and alternative dispute resolution. Dan focuses on keeping his clients informed and involved in their cases and assisting them in the often frustrating and stressful litigation process.

When not practicing law and serving his community, Dan enjoys surfing, camping, and playing games with his family.

Dan Schwender
Dan Schwender
Attorney -

While working at Bonnici Law Group, Melissa has quickly come to love the ability to assist people in tough situations. Being a mother of 3 young girls, Melissa’s motherly instincts naturally kick in when helping a client – and when keeping the BLG attorneys organized. Melissa is dedicated to making our clients feel like part of the family.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.

To discuss your case in English or Spanish, call Melissa Renteria today!

Melissa Renteria
Melissa Renteria
Office Manager -

Darian, mother of two kids (and two dogs), was born and raised in Texas. She moved to San Diego four years ago due to her husband’s military orders for the U.S. Navy. She is currently attending Arizona State University full time and is majoring in Forensic Psychology with a double minor in Justice Studies and Criminal Justice. In her free time, she likes riding her RZR and dirt bikes in the desert with her family and friends. She also loves taking her dogs on hikes. Darian’s passion for assisting clients and being personable with them has helped her find her place at Bonnici Law Group. She loves helping people and taking the time to listen to them, which is hard to find now in this fast-paced society. Darian can’t wait to work with you.

Darian Shimonek
Darian Shimonek
Legal Assistant -
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