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 150 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 Vatican, 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.

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


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of California, Los Angeles
    • History
  • Loyola High School

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomat
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Los Angeles Chapter, President
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate (A California Supreme Court-approved agency)
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Temporary Judge
  • Committee of Bar Examiners, Chair
  • State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission (“Jenny Commission”)
    • Vice President, Review Committee, Board of Governors, Chair
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative
  • Loyola Law School
    • Advocacy Institute, Board of Overseers, Order of the Coif

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Courtney McNicholas Named Among Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Top Women Lawyers

May 6, 2020

Los Angeles Business Journal named Senior Lawyer Courtney McNicholas to its 2020 list of Top Women Lawyers for her work…

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KFI-AM Interviews Matthew McNicholas On Illegal Ticket Quota Lawsuits

April 7, 2020

KFI-AM interviewed Partner Matthew McNicholas on recent lawsuits filed against multiple police departments alleging illegal ticket quota-based retaliation and the…

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KNX Interviews Matthew McNicholas On Lawsuit Alleging City of Los Angeles Knowingly Exposed Its Attorneys to Typhus

April 7, 2020

KNX interviewed Partner Matthew McNicholas on his recent lawsuit filed against the City of Los Angeles after three City Attorneys…

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Matthew McNicholas and Patrick McNicholas Ranked in National Law Journal’s 2020 Employment Law Trailblazers

March 6, 2020

Partners Matthew McNicholas and Patrick McNicholas were selected to National Law Journal’s 2020 Employment Law Trailblazers list for their repeated…

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