Top Attorneys 2006 is the culmination of a peer voting process that began in March with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked to nominate who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition. Attorneys could not nominate themselves.
To accomplish this, approximately 6,300 e-mail invitations were sent to attorneys listed in the San Diego County Attorney Directory 2006. Subsequent reminder e-mails were sent ahead of the April 14 deadline.
From that initial e-mail we received a total of 600 nominations among the 12 pre-selected categories of Corporate/Business (Litigation and Transactional Law), Municipal/Government, Real Estate/Construction (Litigation and Transactional Law), Labor/Employment, Criminal, Intellectual Property (Litigation and Transactional Law), Family Law and Insurance Law. Though very broad, the categories reflect the primary areas of practice in San Diego County.
When the deadline passed, the data was cleaned and nominations that did not meet the criteria set out for participation were removed from further consideration. Nominations made by non-lawyers and or with inadequate information were disqualified.
The remaining nominations were each assigned a value of one. Nominations that were made by an attorney practicing in the same firm as the nominee were given a negative value of .5 added to the original value of one.
Nominations between firms were assigned a value of positive .5 to be added to the original value. Once the preliminary values were finalized, multiple nominations were combined to determine a total score for the nominee.
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.
The Daily Transcript is privileged to present the following section highlighting the peer-selected best and brightest in San Diego's legal arena.
To see the complete section and results follow this link: www.sddt.com/topattorneys