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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2014|
|Certified Specialist - Admiralty & Maritime Law||State Bar of California||2011|
|Admiralty & Maritime Law Academic Achievement Award||California Western School of Law||1998|
|Law of the Sea Academic Achievement Award||California Western School of Law||1998|
|Founding Partner, San Diego||Holmes Weddle & Barcott, an Independent California Corporation||2010 - Present|
|Chairman||State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Admiralty section||2013 - 2014|
|Senior Counsel||Borton Petrini, LLP||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Maritime Law Association of the United States||Proctor||2003 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of California||N/A||2002 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of California||N/A||1998 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Admiralty & Maritime Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California||Commissioner||2008 - 2014|
|Propeller Club of the United States, Port of San Diego||President||2006 - 2007|
|San Diego Harbor Safety Committee||Maritime Law Representative||2003 - 2012|
|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, LLC||Appeal Granted, Reversed and Remanded|
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|Boat Accident Reconstruction and Litigation, 3rd Ed.||Introduction to Recreational Boating Law||2011|
|Law Office of Charles S. LiMandri - web article||New Ninth Circuit Case Re: Uberrimae Fidei||2008|
|Law Office of Charles S. LiMandri - web article||What the Heck is a Vessel||2007|
|California Western School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of San Diego||Ocean Studies & Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Admiralty and Maritime Law Symposium||Maritime Product Liability||2016|
|Admiralty and Maritime Law Symposium||Limitation of Shipowners' Liability Act||2016|
|MUSC Speaker Series||Recreation Boating Law and Maritime Jurisdiction||2013|
|San Francisco Marine Claims Association - monthly luncheon speaker||Maritime Law||2009|
|Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association - Speaker Series||Limitation of Liability Act Practice and Procedure||2006|
Posted by anonymous
I have known and utilized Sterling as a lawyer for approximately 10 years. Sterling has provided guidance and advice to my Ship Repair Company on issues ranging from maritime law to USL&H claims. Sterling was our lead attorney on a potentially messy claim relating to an injured customer. Very early Sterling infomed me of all possible outcomes with the eventual outcome being the best one that was presented to me in that early meeting. I deal with many lawlers in many different areas of business and I can say that Sterling is a top notch attorney and a great guy.
Posted by anonymous
Our small business was sued for damages resulting from an incompetent and disgruntled employee who injured himself as a result of his own actions. Attorney Stires was assigned the case by our insurance company. Mr. Stires spent considerable time and energy to aggressively defend our position. His knowledge and use of Admiralty Law combined with his work ethic resulted in a most favorable outcome for our business and our insurance company.
We were so impressed we insisted Mr. Stires be named as counsel of record on our maritime policies. This action paid off as we were once again sued; this time as a third party in an injury suit. Attorney Stires built a solid case that went to trial. The outcome found our company free of any liability in the case whatsoever...a complete victory.Another attorney might just as easily settled in customeary fashion. Mr. Stires weighed the cost/benefit analysis properly and pushed for the trial with confidence. We strongly recommend Mr. Stires.
Posted by anonymous
Overall stellar attorney. Extremely knowlegable and responsive. He was excellent in mediation, and his overall work helped us settle a tough case.