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Sterling James Stires

Sterling James Stires

Practice areas:

Admiralty & Maritime, Insurance, Personal Injury, Business

About Me

Sterling Stires is the Managing Shareholder of our San Diego office, and has developed a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on maritime law. Along with matters involving the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Limitation of Shipowners Liability Act, Ship Repairers Liability, and general maritime law, Mr. Stires also practices in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, business litigation and personal injury involving marine and non-marine claims. 


 


Sterling is a Board Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the California State Bar Board fo Legal Specialization, and has acheived Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating, AV Preeminent, for ethical standards and legal abilities.


 


While in law school, Sterling received academic achievement awards in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea.


 


Sterling has had the high honor to have been selected by the State Bar of California to serve on the Admiralty & Maritime Law Advisory Commission Group, which has been created by the Board of Legal Specialization to advise the State Bar of California in the establishment of maritime law as a certified legal specialty in California. Sterling was Chairman of the organization from 2014 through 2014.  Sterling is a Proctor in Admiralty, as designated by the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and has served as the President of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of San Diego (2006-2007), served as Vice President (2004-2006), and continues to sit on the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club as Governor Emeritus. From 2003 through 2012, Sterling had repeatedly been selected by the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a division of the California Department of Fish and Game, to act as the Maritime Law Representative to the San Diego Harbor Safety Committee. In this capacity, and serving on a pro bono basis, Sterling has participated in the drafting and revising of provisions within the San Diego Harbor Safety Plan, which is mandated by the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990. As the Maritime Law Representative, Sterling has also taken part in the drafting and revising of regulations and by-laws that have been enacted into California law, as well assisted in the development of the Best Maritime Practices for San Diego Bay, which has been incorporated into the San Diego Harbor Safety Plan.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 75%
    16 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    16 years
  3. Insurance: 10%
    16 years
  4. Business: 5%
    16 years

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Sterling. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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  • Brad Michael Micklin

    Sterling Stires is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly.

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    Brad Micklin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Holmes Weddle & Barcott

401 West A Street.
Suite 1800
San Diego, CA, 92101

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199805/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2014
Certified Specialist - Admiralty & Maritime LawState Bar of California2011
Admiralty & Maritime Law Academic Achievement AwardCalifornia Western School of Law1998
Law of the Sea Academic Achievement AwardCalifornia Western School of Law1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ChairmanState Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Admiralty section2013 - 2014
Managing Shareholder, San DiegoHolmes Weddle & Barcott2010 - Present
Senior CounselBorton Petrini, LLP2009 - 2010

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Admiralty & Maritime Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of CaliforniaCommissioner2008 - 2014
Propeller Club of the United States, Port of San DiegoPresident2006 - 2007
United States Supreme CourtN/A2005 - Present
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsN/A2005 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor2003 - Present
San Diego Harbor Safety CommitteeMaritime Law Representative2003 - 2012
U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of CaliforniaN/A2002 - Present
U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of CaliforniaN/A1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re Mission Bay Jet Sports, LLC, 570 F.3d 1124 (9th Cir. 2009)9th Circuit in favor of Mission Bay Jet Sports
In re Mission Bay Jet Sports, LLCAppeal Granted, Reversed and Remanded

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Boat Accident Reconstruction and Litigation, 3rd Ed.Introduction to Recreational Boating Law2011
Law Office of Charles S. LiMandri - web articleNew Ninth Circuit Case Re: Uberrimae Fidei2008
Law Office of Charles S. LiMandri - web articleWhat the Heck is a Vessel2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of San DiegoOcean Studies & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
MUSC Speaker SeriesRecreation Boating Law and Maritime Jurisdiction2013
San Francisco Marine Claims Association - monthly luncheon speakerMaritime Law2009
Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association - Speaker SeriesLimitation of Liability Act Practice and Procedure2006