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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2016|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyers in California||American Lawyer Media||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2004|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2003|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2001|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2000|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1999|
|Managing Partner||Freeland, McKinley, & McKinley||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Asaro Keagy Freeland & McKinley||1988 - Present|
|Deputy City Attorney||City Attorney San Diego||1981 - 1983|
|Associate||Dorman & Dorman||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Diego County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|Nevada State Bar||Member||1996 - Present|
|California State Bar||Member||1979 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||1979 - Present|
|San Diego County Board of Realtors||Member||N/A|
|College Area Renters & Landlord Assn. v. City of San Diego (1996)||N/A|
|Brown v. FSR Brokerage||N/A|
|Red Mountain, LLC v. Fallbrook Public Utility District||N/A|
|See all legal cases|
|West Group publication||Thoryk v. San Diego Gas & Electric Company||2014|
|Rancho Santa Fe Review, Volume 32 Number 46||(Re: Lafornara v. RDA) RSF attorney wins $1.99 million settlement from city for clients||2013|
|West Group publication||Bay Development Ltd. v Superior Court||1990|
|Criminal Justice Journal||Proving a Violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152(b): Rabbit Tracks in the Snow or Russian Roulette?||1982|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|San Diego State University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|Update on Real Estate Broker Law||Real Estate Broker Case Law||2015|
Posted by Peter
Steve represented us in a very long drawn out eminent domain action vs the city. While we settled our case, our neighbor also was involved with the matter and his case went to trial. After 5 months, Steve prevailed against the city and their three lawyers. As a witness testifying in our neighbors case I was amazed at the level of detail, organization and understanding that the Steve commanded. He made the three experienced attorneys working for the city look like amateurs.
Posted by Dan
He has been both the corporate attorney for Barry Estates, Inc. and my personal attorney for over 27 years. He is exceptionally bright and knowledgeable in real estate law. Instead of being arrogant, he is unassuming, polite, and wins his cases by making very impressive presentations as to why the court should decide in his favor.
Posted by Tom
How do I evaluate my lawyer, Steve McKinley? Let me count the ways:
Steve is an excellent communicator. In speaking, as in court, Steve is authoritative, assertive, polished and confident. In writing, in legal documents, Steve is an excellent wordsmith. I can't define what makes a good writer, but I know it when I see it. Steve's writing skills make boring legal docs come to life.
A good lawyer takes care of the details and deadlines-lets me sleep at night free of worry.
A good lawyer is emotionally invested in my case.
A good lawyer truly has my back.
A good lawyer is like the team captain.
Steve is all of these things and that's a comforting feeling.
What about the question of big firm vs. small firm? Freeland McKinley & McKinley is a small firm. However, you never feel isolated from the legal mainstream. Steve is very active professionally; always interacting with other lawyers. He has partners to bounce ideas off. And, of course, in this case, having a wife, Karen, as a partner is a real advantage. And then add an excellent paralegal, Melody, to the mix and you have a well-oiled machine.
So, you can tell that my wife and I are happy clients. It's difficult to try to appear not too biased when that's exactly what we are. We like our lawyer!
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