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Mr. Zalkin graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1976. Thereafter, he attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1979. At Cal Western he was a recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Attorney’s Award for Moot Court, and was a candidate for the prestigious International Law Journal. Mr. Zalkin was admitted to the California Bar in 1979.


While at Cal Western, Mr. Zalkin undertook a specialized area of study which included International, Admiralty and Maritime Law. His continuing education has included attending and graduating from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 1981. He attended and graduated from the Medi-Legal Institute at the University of California Irvine Medical School where he obtained specialized medical education for lawyers in 1983.


Mr. Zalkin was appointed Mediation Liaison Counsel and a lead negotiator by United States Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas on behalf of over 144 victims of childhood sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego. These negotiations resulted in a global settlement of almost $200,000,000. He also was one of the lead trial lawyers and part of the trial team that was prepared to commence a 14 victim trial against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles the day a global settlement was reached in the amount of $660,000,000.


Mr. Zalkin has argued numerous cases before the Appellate Courts of California regarding issues involving childhood sexual abuse claims including the published opinions in McVeigh v. Webb Schools reversing the dismissal by the trial court of an adult victim’s case based on alleged defects with the certificate of merit requirements, and Quarry v. Doe 1 Diocese reversing a dismissal of the case of six brothers abused by Fr. Broderson a notorious pedophile in the Diocese of Oakland California. Mr. Zalkin has had many other published opinions in both state and federal courts.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Child Abuse: 80%
    13 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    37 years



Contingent (25-35%)

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The Zalkin Law Firm

12555 High Bluff Dr. Ste. 260
San Diego, CA, 92130


DCActive 201007/10/2016
NYCurrently registered 201003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
San Diego uper LawerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
San Diego Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Moot Court AwardN/AN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Multi Victim Case vs. Los Angeles and San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese(s)Settlements of $660 million and $198.5 million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Medi-Legal Institute at the University of California Irvine Medical SchoolN/AN/A1983
National Institue for Trial AdvocacyN/AN/A1981
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976