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Southern California Super Lawyers

John McNicholas was named as a Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

The Top 100 Southern California

John McNicholas was named to the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

NBLSC Member Website Medallion

John McNicholas is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a California Supreme Court approved agency.

American Board of Trial Advocates

John, Patrick and Matthew are all members of he American Board of Trial Advocates an organization based on trial experience.


American College of Trial Lawyers

John McNicholas is a Fellow of the American College Trial Lawyers, admission by invitation only.

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

John McNicholas is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

John P. McNicholas 
Los Angeles, California
Founding Partner
phone 866-664-3055 (Toll Free)
fax 310-475-7871
email Email Me

John P. McNicholas is a founding partner of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, Los Angeles, California.  He counts among his clients the Vatican, Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, former U.S. Congressman Andrew J. Hinshaw, Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, former L.A. Dodger pitcher, Carlos Lopez and the late movie mogul, King Vidor.

McNicholas received a bachelor's degree in history from U.C.L.A in 1958 and attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (1958-1962) before entering private practice in 1963.

McNicholas, a recognized leader of the trial bar since 1963, counts more than 150 jury verdicts and 20 reported appellate decisions. He has won jury verdicts and settlements in copyright infringement, breach of contract, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, and aviation cases.

A Fellow of the American College Trial Lawyers (admission by invitation only) and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (also by invitation only), McNicholas also holds the rank of Diplomate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter in 1995.  That same year he also received the chapter's first Civility Award.  He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in civil trial advocacy (National Institute of Trial Advocacy).

McNicholas served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1991-1997).  In 2001, he received the school's prestigious Board of Governor's Award for outstanding contributions to society, the practice of law, and service to Loyola Law School.  He has served on its Board of Overseers since 2008.  In 2009 he received honorary membership in Loyola Law School's chapter of the Order of the Coif, the national legal honor society.

In 2002, he was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.  That same year, the Los Angeles City Council presented McNicholas & McNicholas with a citation for the firm's many contributions to the City of Los Angeles.  Since 2005, Los Angeles Magazine annually has named him as one of its Super Lawyers in Southern California, and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.  Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition has named him to its list of the top attorneys in business litigation since 2008.

McNicholas served on the State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation ("Jenny") Commission (1999-2002), the Review Committee of the Jenny Commission (2005-2008) and its chair (2007-2008), the Board of Governors (2005-2008), Vice President of the State Bar (2007-2008), and the Committee of Bar Examiners (2008-2012), which he chaired (2011-2012).  He also sits frequently as a temporary judge in Los Angeles Superior Court.  McNicholas was also Lawyer Representative on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1989-1992).

McNicholas is a frequent lecturer and panelist on litigation, procedure, evidence and related trial subjects for programs sponsored by The State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and other trial bar associations.

Some Notable Case Results Click Here For More Results
  • $41,000,000
    Consumer Fraud Class Action
  • $32,000,000
    Separation package for client leaving her job
    and moving to new employment
  • $30,000,000
    Sexual abuse settlement against Miramonte school
  • $10,800,000
    Sexual abuse of a male minor
    by a male coach
  • $10,048,000
    Laborer injured right thigh & knee on
    construction job requiring internal hardware
  • $9,000,000
    26-year-old plaintiff recovered against
    international company for a brain injury
  • $8,825,000
    verdict on behalf of the 4 children of man fatally shot by police
  • $8,000,000
    25 tenants subjected to slumlord
    and uninhabitable conditions
  • $6,500,000
    Subway tunnel worker killed
    in a workplace accident
  • $6,000,000
    policy limit settlement for 55 year old single motorcyclist who struck motorist making an illegal u-turn resulting in quadriplegia.
  • 5,900,000
    Settlement for 10 LAPD motor officers
  • $5,430,000
    First African-American member of LAPD bomb
    squad discriminated against because of his race
  • $5,100,000
    Independent truck driver suffered head injury as a result of an improperly repaired trailer
  • $5,000,000
    Wrongful death of individual with three
    heirs in vehicle accident
  • $3,603,000
    Verdict for LAPD K9 Bomb Unit dog handler was
    retaliated against for standing-up for the lone
    female in the Unit who was harassed and discriminated against (click here)
  • $2,200,000
    16-year-old special education student recovered
    against LAUSD for being sexually assaulted
  • $1,250,000
    imposed by Palm Springs jury for sexual harassment
    against real estate developer
Southern California Super Lawyers

John McNicholas was named as a Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

NBLSC Member Website Medallion

John McNicholas is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a California Supreme Court approved agency.

The Top 100 Southern California

John McNicholas was named to the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

American Board of Trial Advocates

John, Patrick and Matthew are all members of he American Board of Trial Advocates an organization based on trial experience.