After another year of tireless advocacy on behalf of sexual assault survivors, The Zalkin Law Firm is pleased to announce that our founding partner, Irwin M. Zalkin, has been awarded as the 2021 Attorney of the Year by Top 100 Lawyers. Top 100 Lawyers magazine is a publication of the Top 100 Registry a leading global publisher of industry-specific magazines featuring top professionals in the fields of Law, Academia, Medicine, Consulting, Arts, Sciences, and more.
Top 100 Lawyers is a professional organization of lawyers from across the United States, with a mission to provide a place for legal professionals to “come together to Aspire, Achieve and Connect.” It is a great accomplishment to be recognized by a group of distinguished peers as the Attorney of the Year.
Attorney Zalkin has practiced law since 1979, primarily representing sexual abuse and assault survivors in California, New York, and Washington, D.C. As a founding partner, he oversees all cases at The Zalkin Law Firm and has effectively grown it into one of the nation’s premier sex abuse law firms. He spends most of his time advocating for survivors in and out of court, while also saving time to take on complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Some of Attorney Zalkin’s most well-known work includes his appointment as Mediation Liaison Counsel and lead negotiator by U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas, in which he advocated for upwards of 144 child sex abuse survivors against the Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego. This case concluded with a global settlement of nearly $200 million. He also took on the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles: The very same day he was set to appear in court and represent 14 victims, the defendant agreed to a $660 million settlement.