Professional Recognition & Activities

  • 2014 San Diego Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013 & 2014 Best Law Firm in Appellate Practice, Tier 1 Metro Rating, U.S. News & World Report
  • 2013 Top Solo Litigation Firm in the State of California, Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY award) for Appellate Law, California Lawyer
  • 2012 & 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Appellate Law, National Law Journal
  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 2011
  • 2012 Outstanding Advocate Award, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • 2012 Top Appellate Practices in California, The Recorder
  • 2011 Attorney of the Year, The Recorder
  • Top 100 California Lawyers of 2011, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014Super Lawyers
  • Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2009-present)
  • San Diego’s Best Lawyers in Appellate Law, San Diego Magazine (2009-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law (2009-present)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Appellate Law (2007-present)
  • Paul Bell Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy (1998)
  • Board Member, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. and Appellate Defenders, Inc. (2010-present)
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Diego County Superior Court (2007-2010)
  • Volunteer Award, San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission (2011)
  • Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2007)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California (2007 & 2011)
  • Board Member, Social Advocates for Youth – San Diego, Inc. (2006-present); Board President (2011-present); First Vice-President (2008-2011); Secretary (2007-2008)
  • Volunteer Judge, San Diego Teen Court (2006-present)
  • Member, International Child Abduction Attorney Network for the United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (2006-present)
  • Member, Committee on Appellate Courts, State Bar of California (2004-2007)
  • Directors Award for Excellence, San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association (1999)
  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell