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A native of Southern California, I graduated from UCLA Law School where I served as a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review.  I spent one year as a law clerk to a federal judge, then litigated high-stakes commercial disputes at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.  While at Quinn Emanuel, I accepted a pro bono case that led to my first jury trial through which I vindicated the constitutional rights of a prisoner who was attacked because of correctional officers' misconduct.

I then joined the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo, where I turned my focus completely to civil rights litigation, specifically police misconduct. There, I had primary responsibility for litigating a large number of false arrest and excessive force cases, many of which involved fatal police shootings.

I have been operating my own practice since 2011 with an emphasis in federal civil rights litigation. I have nine years of experience with federal civil rights litigation, and have been practicing police excessive force litigation almost exclusively for the past six years.  I was selected to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.


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  1. Civil Rights: 100%
    10 years, 60 cases



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Law Office of John C. Fattahi

1301 West Glenoaks Boulevard.
Glendale, CA, 91201


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Dale K. Galipo2009 - 2011
Associate AttorneyQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Contreras v. City of Los AngelesAffirmed by Ninth Circuit
Estate of Cornejo v. City of Los AngelesAffirmed by Ninth Circuit
Fryer v. County of Riverside$750,000 settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - San DiegoEconomics - Management ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2000