Irwin M. Zalkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Diego, CA

The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C.
 | 12555 High Bluff Drive, Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-259-3011
Fax: 858-259-3015
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Irwin M. Zalkin is the founder of and a partner at Zalkin Law Firm, based in San Diego, California. He focuses his practice largely on the representation of sexual abuse and sexual assault victims, with a client base that encompasses the entire state. Mr. Zalkin also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Admitted to practice in California, New York and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and he has appeared pro hac vice in several other jurisdictions as well.

Mr. Zalkin has participated in several high-profile sexual abuse cases. He served as mediation liaison counsel in a case in which more than 100 childhood victims brought an action against the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, and he took the lead in negotiating a settlement of nearly $200 million. Mr. Zalkin was also part of the trial team that sued the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and that case ended up being settled for more than $600 million. In his personal injury and wrongful death practice, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for clients who were harmed by the negligence of other parties.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his successful track record in all of these endeavors as well as for his superb ethics, Mr. Zalkin has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
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Personal Injury - General (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2020

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About Irwin Zalkin

Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage:


  • American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Attorney’s Award for Moot Court, California Western School of Law in San Diego, California

  • Martindale – Hubble AV Preeminent Litigator

  • 2012/16 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • 2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego, San Diego Magazine

  • 2009 San Diego Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine

  • 2012/16 San Diego Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine

  • 2008 San Diego Top Attorney Corporate Litigation, San Diego Daily Transcript

  • 2008 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Public Justice Foundation, Washington D.C.

  • 2008 Semi-Finalist Top Attorney of the Year, San Diego Daily Transcript

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court for the Southern District, State of California

  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Central District State of California

  • Supreme Court of the State of California

  • District of Columbia

  • New York

  • California

    , 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • International Law Journal


  • Quarry v. Doe 1 Diocese

  • McVeigh v. Webb Schools

Educational Background:

  • Medi-Legal Institute at the University of California Irvine Medical School, Specialized medical education for lawyers, 1983

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1981

  • California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, Juris Doctorate, 1979

  • University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1976

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Office Location for Irwin M. Zalkin

12555 High Bluff Drive
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92130

Phone: 858-259-3011

Fax: 858-259-3015

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Last Updated: 10/25/2019

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