Top Attorneys 2011 pays tribute to San Diego County's legal cream of the crop. It is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that began in March with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition.
To accomplish this, more than 6,000 e-mail invitations were sent to attorneys listed in the San Diego County Attorney Directory 2011. From that initial e-mail we received over 850 nominations among the 14 pre-selected categories:
Corporate (Litigation and Transactional Law)
Real Estate/Construction (Litigation and Transactional Law)
Estate Planning/Probate & Trust
Intellectual Property (Litigation and Transactional Law)
Personal Injury/Property Damage
Municipal & Government
Though broad, these categories reflect the primary areas of practice in San Diego County.
Nominations that did not meet the criteria set out for participation were removed from further consideration. Nominations made by non-lawyers or with inadequate information were disqualified. Attorneys could not nominate themselves.
The remaining nominations were assigned a value of one. Nominations made by an attorney practicing in the same firm as the nominee had a value of 0.5 subtracted from the original value of one. Nominations between firms had a value of 0.5 added to the original value. Once the preliminary values were finalized, multiple nominations were combined to determine a total score for the nominee. Nominees could be nominated in multiple categories and potentially be a finalist in more than one category.
The top 25 nominees were then selected in each category based on the total score. In certain categories, there were more than 25 attorneys due to ties. These attorneys advanced to the semifinal round.
The semifinalists were notified that they had advanced to the next level and were asked to cast their votes for 10 nominees in their categories. When the voting was closed, The Transcript validated the votes cast.
The top 10 attorneys in each category were selected based on the number of peer votes they received. Some categories have more than 10 attorneys due to ties.
Additionally, The Transcript selected 10 noteworthy San Diego County attorneys to be listed under "The Transcript 10," which showcases an eclectic mix of practices. Lawyers chosen to be among The Transcript 10 were removed from the nominating process.
The Daily Transcript is privileged to present the following section highlighting the peer-selected best and brightest in San Diego's legal arena.