Natalie Prescott, Shareholder

Natalie Prescott is recognized as one of top attorneys in San Diego and around the world.  The International Bar Association, which has 45,000 members, recently chose Ms. Prescott as the first female recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  The California Bar Association also selected Ms. Prescott as the sole recipient of its 2008 Jack Berman Award of Achievement.  Most recently, The San Diego Metropolitan Magazine and The San Diego Daily Transcript both recognized Ms. Prescott as one of Top Attorneys in San Diego.  Ms. Prescott is also a community volunteer and an award-winning book author.

Natalie Prescott began her career at DLA Piper, the largest law firm in the world.  She further clerked for a federal judge in San Diego, which gave her a unique understanding of how the court operates.  She then spent 4 years at Latham & Watkins – recognized by many as one of the Top 10 law firms in the world.  While at Latham, she represented Fortune 500 companies in multi-million-dollar matters, receiving outstanding training and significant trial and appellate experience.  She has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict and has argued twice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of NITA Advanced Deposition Training Program (2009) and NITA Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute (2011).  In 2012, she has also served as a Deputy District Attorney Pro Tem, representing the people, prosecuting the offenders, and conducting jury trials.

She co-founded Cross Prescott APC because she cares deeply about her clients and her community.  A mother of two, she strives to help people in need.  So far, she has donated well over 1,000 hours to help clients who could not otherwise afford a lawyer.  She represented the Holocaust survivors, the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and those abused and neglected.  She volunteered for Casa Cornelia, Couture for a Cause and Voices for Children, the Red Cross, the Food Bank, Women’s Resource Fair, and Meals on Wheels.  Ms. Prescott is truly passionate about helping people.  Today, she represents personal injury victims and victims of nursing home abuse.  She is a compassionate lawyer who aggressively protects her clients’ rights.


  • Rising Stars, SuperLawyers (2015)
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego, San Diego Magazine (2014, 2015)
  • AV-Rating (Preeminent), Martindale-Hubbell (2013 & 2014)
  • San Diego’s Young Influentials, San Diego Daily Transcript (2013)
  • Top Attorney, San Diego Metro Magazine (2012)
  • Top Attorney in the Insurance Category, San Diego Daily Transcript (2010)
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, International Bar Association (2010)
  • Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services (2010, 2011)
  • 40 Under 40 Award from the San Diego Metropolitan Magazine (2009)
  • Bar Stars, San Diego County Bar Association (2009)
  • Jack Berman Award of Achievement, for distinguished service to the profession, California Bar Association (2008)
  • San Diego’s Top Young Attorneys, San Diego Daily Transcript (2007, 2008)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Dispute Resolution, Duke Law School (2006)
  • Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Commitment, North Carolina Bar Association (2006)
  • Duke Law School Pro Bono Award (2006)


  • A Minor Setback in Recovering CERCLA Costs, Law 360 (2012) (co-authored).
  • Federal Circuit Vacates Seminal Ruling Allowing Government Contractors to Recover CERCLA Costs Under Long-Expired Production Contracts, Latham & Watkins Client Alert (2012) (co-authored).
  • Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2011, Latham & Watkins Client Alert (2012) (co-authored).
  • Interviewing in a Depressed Job Market, California Lawyer Magazine at 17, May 2009.
  • Successful Real Estate Arbitration Clauses Follow Narrow Rules, Daily Journal at 6, Feb. 8, 2008.
  • Europe Reimagines Securities Class Action, Daily Journal at 6, July 17, 2007.
  • English Only at Work, Por Favor, 9 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Empl. L. 445 (2007).
  • Employers on the Fence: A Guide to the Immigratory Workplace, 29 Campbell L. Rev. 181 (2007).
  • Immigration Reform Fuels Employment Discrimination, 55 Drake L. Rev. 1 (2006).
  • Orange Revolution in Red, White, and Blue: U.S. Impact on the 2004 Ukrainian Election, 16 Duke J. Comp. & Int’lL. 219 2006
  • Affirmative Defenses in Section 337 ITC Patent Infringement Proceedings, 337 Reporter 11 (2005).


  • Nail Your Law Job Interview: The Essential Guide to Firm, Government, Clerkship, In-House, and Lateral Interviews, co-authored with Oleg Cross (Career Press 2009)
    • Winner of the Book of the Year Award in the career category (2009)
    • Finalist of Indie Book Awards in the career category (2010)
  • Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law by Susan Blakely (2009)
    • Contributor


  • Yale Journal of International Law, Annual Young Scholars Conference, Yale Law School (2006), Speaker
  • Campbell Law Review, Symposium on Employment & Immigration Law (2007), Speaker
  • University of San Diego, Labor & Employment Law Seminar (2007), Guest Speaker
  • Lorman Real Estate Seminar on Commercial Leases and Arbitration Agreements (2008), Speaker
  • USD Law School, Effective Interviews: Tips from Interviewers (2008, 2009), Presenter
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Effective Interviewing Tips & Techniques (2010), Panelist
  • California Western School of Law, How to Nail Your Law Job Interview (2010), Presenter
  • Duke Alumni Association, Career & Networking Panel (2010), Panelist
  • The Successful Law School Interview, Podcast (2010), Presenter
  • SDCBA Diversity Fellowship (2010), Volunteer Interviewer
  • Lawyers Club, Annual Interviewing Seminar (2011), Volunteer Interviewer
  • Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2011, Latham & Watkins Webcast (2012), Presenter
  • Early Success Seminar Series: Networking 101, Lawyers Club Mentorship Panel (2012), Panelist
  • The Art of Multitasking for Professional Women, Lawyers Club (2013), Panelist


  • Vice President of Lawyers Club of San Diego (2012–13)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Club of San Diego (2010–present)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mother Attorneys Mentorship Association (2011–2012)
  • Duke Alumni Association Volunteer Interviewer (2006–present)
  • Couture for a Cause Steering Committee (2008–2011)
  • Holocaust Reparations Project (2010–2012)
  • Hurricane Katrina victims assistance (2006–2007)
  • Casa Cornelia Attorney Volunteer (2007)
  • Welsh Inn of Court (2010–2012)
  • Wallace Inn of Court (2008–2010)
  • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Assistance Project (2006, 2007, 2010)


  • B.B. v. W.K, (San Diego Superior Court, 2013).  In this factually complex trial, Ms. Prescott represented the plaintiff.  At trial, both sides presented testimony of 10 experts and numerous other witnesses.  Ms. Prescott second-chaired this trial with another prominent San Diego trial lawyer.  After a highly-contested 7-day trial and 1 day of deliberations, the jury returned a significant verdict in our client’s favor.
  • In re Jeffrey R., (San Diego Superior Court, 2012).  Ms. Prescott was the lead trial counsel in this 4-day jury trial.  She singlehandedly tried this case, which involved a complex and novel defense theory and 11 witnesses.  She presented winning opening and closing arguments, conducted voir dire, cross-examined 6 defense witnesses, including the defendant and his medical expert.  She further conducted direct examinations of 5 witnesses.  The jury sided with Ms. Prescott’s client, returning a guilty verdict after deliberating for only 30 minutes.*
  • In re David G., (San Diego Superior Court, 2012).  In this 3-day jury trial, together with her co-counsel, Ms. Prescott prosecuted a defendant for various violations involving illegal driving activity.  Ms. Prescott obtained a favorable ruling on a highly contested motion and delivered a rebuttal closing argument.  The jury returned a verdict after deliberating for 1.5 hours, convicting the defendant on one count.*
  • In re David H., (San Diego Superior Court, 2012).  In this case, Ms. Prescott was the lead trial attorney seeking prosecution of an alleged drunk driver following a prior mistrial.  She prepared the case for trial and researched and drafted a comprehensive trial brief and numerous motions.  She also argued and won various motions in limine.  The case settled favorably before opening arguments.*
  • Fluor Corp. v. Hartford Ins. Co., (Orange County Superior Court, Complex Division, 2011).  Ms. Prescott was one of the key members of the pre-trial team in this multi-million-dollar coverage matter.  She assisted in preparing and filing the amended complaint, motions, and appellate writs.  She also worked extensively on numerous discovery issues, interviewed and prepared trial witnesses, and conducted trial-related research and investigations prior to trial.*
  • Miller vs. Chicago Title Insurance Co., (San Diego Superior Court, 2009).  This complex-litigation matter went to trial in 2009, as a result of alleged dishonest acts by one of the company’s employees.  Ms. Prescott assisted with deposing, defending, and preparing numerous witnesses and key documents for trial.  She also drafted various trial-related motions and extensive discovery.*
  • In re Conservatorship of Brenda P., (San Diego Superior Court, 2006).  Ms. Prescott co-chaired this 3-day jury trial, seeking conservatorship for a young woman who posed danger to herself and others.  The trial involved a challenging and emotionally-charged setting, including preparing and examining the defendant’s own mother and her treating psychiatrist.  Ms. Prescott examined numerous witnesses at trial, argued and won difficult motions in limine, and delivered a winning closing argument to the jury.  The jury returned a verdict in her client’s favor after less than 2 hours.*

*Selected cases in which Ms. Prescott played key roles, and which were all tried before founding Cross Prescott APC

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Duke University School of Law, J.D.

  • Honors
  • Editor-in-Chief, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 

Tulane University, M.A. 

University of Southern Mississippi, B.A

  • Summa Cum Laude

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