Cory Jay Briggs (born November 18, 1968) is an American attorney based in San Diego, California. He is the founder of Briggs Law Corporation. Briggs is a candidate for San Diego City Attorney.
Briggs was born and raised in Ontario, California. His father, Dale, was a small business owner and schoolteacher in the Chaffey Joint Unified School District. His mother, Judy, was a licensed clinical social worker in Ontario. Briggs has two brothers: Jeffrey, a sales manager in Sacramento and Curtis, a criminal-defense attorney in San Francisco.
Briggs attended Chaffey High School in Ontario, California; Chaffey Community College, where he graduated in 1989 with an A.S. degree in accounting. He graduated from University of California, Riverside in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Briggs then earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1995, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University in 1997. Briggs earned his LL.M in International and Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School, and a Ph.D in Philosophy and Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
After Briggs was admitted to the State Bar of California in June 1995, he worked as an associate at Mundell, Odlum & Haws in San Bernardino, California from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, Briggs left California for to continue his education. While enrolled in graduate school at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland, he taught classes in business ethics, critical thinking, philosophy of law, and environmental ethics.
Briggs returned to San Diego in 2002 and established Briggs Law Corporation in March. The practice has offices in Morena, San Diego and Upland, California.
The firm specializes in Small Business Law, Environmental Law, and Taxpayer Rights. The firm has litigated dozens of high-profile cases, most notably the Convention Center Expansion, the Tourism Marketing District, the Sierra Club’s first lawsuit against San Diego County over greenhouse gas emissions, environmentalists’ lawsuit against the San Diego Association of Governments for adopting a regional transportation plan that allowed too much air pollution in poor communities, the South Bay Bribery Scandal, and Spotlight on Coastal Corruption’s lawsuit against five California Coastal Commissioners for participating in illegal secret meetings.