Angelica Zabanal is an Associate in Selman Breitman’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Equine Law, General Liability, Trucking and Transportation, and Product Liability practice groups.  She has represented national insurance companies in complex insurance fraud litigation and qui tam actions. In 2016, Angelica served as third-chair for a jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court representing a national insurance company client in qui tam litigation combating white collar fraud.  Her team secured an $11.5 million judgment and permanent injunctive relief for their client after prevailing against defendants involved in a scheme to defraud insurance companies through sham law offices. Angelica’s litigation experience, which also includes insurance defense, mass torts, and medical malpractice, allows her to hone in on the medical aspects of liability.  Her unique skills in evaluating and investigating claims of injury are particularly useful for her clients, who benefit from her breadth of experience. 

While in law school, Angelica was a member of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Team; founded Law for Youth Empowerment (LYtE), a law student organization dedicated to juvenile justice; and served as the Vice President of the Filipino Law Students Association.  She also served as a judicial extern to Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. (ret.) of the Hawai’i Supreme Court and as an intern to Chief Counsel Anthony Lang of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Honolulu Division.

A daughter of Filipino immigrants, Angelica was born in Los Angeles and raised in Hawai’i with her four siblings. She is fluent in Tagalog.  Angelica moved to the Bay Area in 2005 to attend Stanford University, and she presently resides in Oakland.  Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and social justice, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and is a 2018 Fellow of the New Leaders Council. She has previously served as a board member of the Alameda County and Mid-Peninsula (Palo Alto) chapters of the ACLU of Northern California.  When not helping clients with their legal needs, she spends her time dancing, traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, and eating with her family and friends. 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • DRI, Vice Liaison of the Law Practice Management Committee (LPM) to Young Lawyers' Committee
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), Board Member, Co-Director of Community Outreach, and Co-Chair of Women's Committee
  • New Leaders Council, Fellow
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member
  • Asian American Bar Association (AABA), Member
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Member

Bar Admission

  • California, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2015



William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, J.D., 2014

CALI Excellence for the Future Award

Dean's List

Stanford University, B.A., 2009

With Honors in Ethics in Society

Major: Political Science,

Minor: Drama, Dance Division