Awards & Recognition

2014 Fern M. Steiner – Labor Law – Union Lawyer of the Year:

Best Lawyers® selected Fern M. Steiner as the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for San Diego Labor Law – Union Attorneys.  For more information go to Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2014

June 27, 2013 – County of San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a Proclamation to Fern M. Steiner honoring Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax for 30 years of outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents


Fern M. Steiner has been selected for Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2013

The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers is exclusive to women lawyers who have achieved the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

2013 Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax ranked in US News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

See rankings at US News Best Law Firms.

2012 Fern M. Steiner recognized and honored by The Employee Rights Center:

The Employee Rights Center (ERC) recognized and honored Fern Steiner on November 29, 2012, for her long-standing support for the rights and interests of San Diego’s employees. ERC

2012 Fern M. Steiner – Employment Law-Individuals Lawyer of the Year:

Fern M. Steiner has been selected for inclusion in Southern California’s Best Lawyers of the Year.  For more info go to 2012 Top Rated Lawyers.