McNicholas & McNicholas Named Among Daily Journal’s 2017 Top Boutique Law Firms
Daily Journal has named McNicholas & McNicholas to its 2017 Top Boutique Law Firms list, recognizing the firm’s plaintiff work on behalf of individuals who have faced discrimination, workplace retaliation and catastrophic injuries.
Founding Partner and patriarch John P. McNicholas brings more than five decades of experience and a client list that boasts large institutions, including the Vatican. McNicholas often brought work home with him, and his children Matthew, Patrick and Courtney McNicholas often looked over his shoulder. This early interest in law stuck with them, and they followed in their father’s footsteps, building the firm into the plaintiffs’ powerhouse it is today.
Much of their practice involves personal injury, products liability and employment cases, which focus on police officers, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies in whistleblower and discrimination cases. Daily Journal highlighted a recent success in which Matt obtained a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of LAPD Officer Victoria DeBellis and her husband Sergeant A.J. after the couple experienced religious discrimination, sexual harassment and physical harm.
Police employment cases are “the crossroads of many different legal and social threads,” said Matt. “Unlike so many jobs, theirs is infused with a lot of social threads.” Matt notes that there is little incentive to change the culture of law enforcement agencies, and the change that does occur happens at a glacial pace.
“I think being a modern, metropolitan, urban police officer is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet to do properly,” Matt added. “That is why we endow them with the privileges and trust of the badge. If somebody knocks on the door with an LAPD badge, you will open the door.” That’s why these police employment cases resonate so much with jurors, “because jurors see a violation of that trust.”