Born in upstate New York in 1962 into a military family, and the oldest of four sons, John spent the majority of his formative years moving all across the United States. Due to a knee injury in high school, and the advice of his parents, John decided against a career in the Navy where he hoped to be a SEAL.
After graduating from high school in San Diego, California in June of 1980, John opted not to go into the Navy or to college instead working at Bullocks Department Store by day and at Alpha Beta grocery store as a courtesy clerk by night. Eventually John, again on the advice of his parents, went to college part-time in the evenings at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California. Before John completed his studies at Mira Costa College, he was recruited into a pilot program sponsored by Southern California Edison (SCE) designed to train local college students to become nuclear plant equipment operators (NPEO) at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Clemente, California. After completing the prerequisite college courses, John was hired by SCE where he worked as an NPEO at SONGS Units 2 and 3 from 1983 through 1987.
In September, 1987 John left SCE to pursue a degree in Religion at Loma Linda University in Riverside, California where he hoped to become a minister with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In between John's junior and senior year at Loma Linda University, he decided to take a year off and spent one school year as a student missionary on the island nation of Palau where John was the boy's dean and a teacher at the Palau Mission Academy. It was there that John fell in love with the political process. Sitting as a member of the school board and the discipline committee with the President of Palau, along with a number of other government and business leaders, John decided to complete his degree in Religion but to go into the law instead of the ministry.
Back in the United States, John completed his degree in Religion graduating from Loma Linda University in June, 1990. Then in August, 1992, on the week of his 30th birthday, John entered Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. Along the way, John has held a number of other odd jobs including being a volunteer firefighter in Riverside County and a fitness trainer for Family Fitness Center.
John received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in May, 1995 where he was the President of the Criminal Law Society and a member of the Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program.
John opened his law office in June, 1996 and limits his practice mainly to criminal defense, personal injury and general civil litigation matters, including contract and family law matters.
John is an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, an avid pilot and enjoys spending his time away from the office with his wife and two children.
Hourly ($100-300/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
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|Sole Practitioner||Law Offices of John R. Blanchard||1996 - Present|
|People v. Nunnery||NOT GUILTY on all counts!|
|People v. Green||NOT GUILTY on all counts!|
|People v. McGarrah||NOT GUILTY on all counts!|
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|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|La Sierra University||Religion||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|