John P. McNicholas


Founding Partner John McNicholas has more than five decades of experience representing plaintiffs in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, employment law, class actions, sexual abuse and other consumer-oriented matters. He is a recognized leader with more than 176 jury verdicts and 20 reported appellate decisions in copyright infringement, breach of contract, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and aviation cases.

Mr. McNicholas has obtained millions in verdicts and settlements. His clients have included the Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, the late U.S. Congressman, Andrew J. Hinshaw, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, former L.A. Dodger pitcher Carlos Lopez and the late movie mogul King Vidor.

Among his many notable contributions to the legal community, Mr. 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.

He also served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Loyola Law School, where he received the prestigious Board of Governor’s Award for outstanding contributions to society, the practice of law and service to the school. In 2009, he received honorary membership in Loyola Law School’s chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national legal honor society.

Attorney John McNicholas

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$1.5 Million

Settlement for five foster children abused by caregivers

$1.4 Million

Settlement for motorcyclist injured in auto accident


Settlement on behalf of injured high school cheerleader


Professional Associations & Memberships

Honors & Awards

  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Finalist, 2021
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
  • Best Lawyers in America©
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Los Angeles Chapter’s First Civility Award
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Loyola Law School’s Board of Governors Award
  • Daily Journal Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California
  • Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyers
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition Top Attorneys in Business Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation California Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Litigation Star
  • Loyola High School Patrick Cahalan Award
  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Finalist

In the News

Five McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP Attorneys Selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020

Partners John McNicholas, Matthew McNicholas, Patrick McNicholas, Senior Lawyer Juan Victoria and Associate Jeffrey Lamb were selected as 2020 Southern…

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John McNicholas to Receive Prestigious Patrick Cahalan Award from Loyola High School

October 22, 2019

On November 2, Founding Partner John McNicholas will receive Loyola High School’s prestigious Patrick Cahalan Award in recognition of his…

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