Since 1980 I have specialized in the area of civil appeals and writs. I successfully... more
Since 1980 I have specialized in the area of civil appeals and writs. I successfully passed the second exam given by the State Bar for certification as an appellate specialist in 1999. Not only do I handle appeals, but I am a frequent lecturer and author on appellate subjects. I love the intellectual challenge of working on appeals! I also spent many years working on law and motion matters o... view profile
Hello all! I want you to know that I love what I do. Why? I tell large corporations... more
Hello all! I want you to know that I love what I do. Why? I tell large corporations to go jump in a lake. Every day. Every single day, I tell large corporations with more money then I will ever see for the rest of my days that they have no power and can't hurt my client. Its really great. I actually see my clients' lives improve. You don't always get to see the fruit of your efforts as an... view profile
John McClendon’s practice focuses on the land use entitlement process with an... more
John McClendon’s practice focuses on the land use entitlement process with an emphasis on CEQA/NEPA and other environmental laws, the Coastal Act, Planning & Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, affordable housing and water law. An experienced litigator, he has brought and defended scores of environmental, land use, housing and water law actions, including many successes before California’s appella... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.