Sterling Stires is a founding parter of the California office of Holmes Weddle & Barcott, 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. Sterling has been awarded "Top Lawyer in San Diego" by San Diego Magazine in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
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 awarded the designation of 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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|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|