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About me

I represent people who have been wronged and advise small businesses who want to do the right thing.  I offer my clients passionate and knowledgeable advocacy and compassionate and honest advice in the following types of cases: 

  • Overtime,

  • Minimum Wage,

  • Meal and Rest Periods,

  • Waiting Time Penalties,

  • Wrongful Termination,

  • Whistleblower Cases,

  • Harassment,

  • Discrimination,

  • Personal Injury,

  • Wrongful Death,

  • Products Liability,

  • Medical Malpractice,

  • Class Action Lawsuits.

I utilize cutting edge litigation techniques and strategies to make sure I tell my client’s story the right way. I am aggressive, creative, tireless and compassionate.    I expect to win every case I take.  

My Bar admissions include:

  • California 

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

I am a member of the:

  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • California Employment Lawyers Association

  • San Diego County Bar Association

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

  • Consumer Attorneys of California

  • Kiwanis of Ocean Beach



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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%



Contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices of John F. McCarthy

427 C Street, Suite 304
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Young AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Finalist- Top Attorneys- Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top Attorneys Nominee -Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Top Young Attorneys NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
LSAT ScholarshipThomas Jefferson School of Law2004
High Grade- Persuasive Legal WritingThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
High Grade-Trial PracticeThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
Dean's ListThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of John F. McCarthy2010 - Present
AssociatePrivate practice2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMentorship Committee- Mentor2012 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationLegislative Committee Associate Member2011 - Present
San Diego Inn of CourtStudent Trial College2011 - 2011
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2011 - Present
Kiwanis Club of Ocean BeachBoard Member2011 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2011 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Arias v. Superior CourtN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Employment Law Firm BlogCan I Get Fired for Social Media Posts? You betcha.2013
ABA publicationThe Coming Tide- Social Media Use In Litigation2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California at Davis School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker SeriesEmployment Laws For Everyone2012
Continuing EducationEmployment Issues Affecting Minors2012