Marilyn Klinger selected as Top Attorney of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

SANTA MONICA, CA – 02-18-2019 ( — Marilyn Klinger, Construction Law Partner at SMTD Law LLP was just recently selected as Top Attorney of the Year in Construction Law by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. 

With over 3 decades of professional experience in the legal field, Marilyn has certainly proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the industry.  As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Marilyn has demonstrated success not only as a seasoned and trusted attorney, but has been a straight shooter and pioneer when it comes to construction law. She is regarded by her peers as one of the most knowledgeable women attorneys in construction law and is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving.She is an inspiration to women across the globe demonstrating success in a male dominated industry and is being considered for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award by IAOTP. Marilyn’s impressive repertoire of prior roles included Associate for Chickering & Gregory, Associate for Steefel, Levitt & Weiss, and Partner of Sedgwick, LLP before becoming the Office Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles Office.SMTD Law LLP, is a construction/surety/real estate boutique law firm with offices in Irvine, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. SMTD Law is involved with all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and sureties in all venues and jurisdictions, including trial, arbitration, mediation and administrative hearings. Marilyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Government from Santa Clara University and her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Marilyn for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make.She is brilliant at what she does and contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to help her clients and empower women across the globe.She is humble, gracious and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization.We are looking forward to meeting her at the gala and know we will be seeing more amazing things from this incredible woman.” Throughout her illustrious career Marilyn has received awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2019 she is being considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine and was selected as Top Attorney of the Year in Construction Law by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). For 2018 she was named Best Lawyers in America and for 2017 recipient of the Martin J. Andrew Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law.For 2013-2016 she was individually recognized and ranked for Construction Law by Chambers USA, 2015 received the Sedgwick Law Ernest Bud Arnold Mentor Award for Commitment in Expertise in Mentoring and Counseling and listed with the Los Angeles Business Journal for the Who’s Who in Law. Marilyn is a member of the American Bar Association, sits on the Governing Committee for the Forum on Construction Law Member, Past President for UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Board of Governors, Past Chair for the Legal Advisory Committee, Co-Chair for the ABA, Construction Forum, Past Member for CEB Real Property Advisory Committee and Past Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Fidelity and Surety Committee.Aside from her successful career, Marilyn is also a sought after lecturer, public speaker, presenter and published author.She has been invited all around the world to speak on Construction Law and other legal topics including being a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering, Construction Management and has spoken on numerous panels for the ABA Forum on Construction Law and Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. Looking back, Marilyn attributes her success to her perseverance, mentors she has had along the way, and staying passionate with the law.When not working, she enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family. For the future, she hopes to continue to make a difference in her clients lives any way that she can.For more information on Marilyn please visit: www.smtdlaw.comAbout IAOTPThe International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.For More Information on IAOTP please visit: www.iaotp.comWatch Gala Video

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