Skip to main content
John Norman Frye

John Norman Frye

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Insurance, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death

About Me

Mr. Frye graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California - Davis in 1966 and received his Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1969. He has been a litigation attorney for more than 40 years and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California. Martindale Hubbard awarded Mr. Frye the highest rating (AV) for professional ability and ethics.


Mr. Frye has a diverse litigation practice and has tried more than 100 jury trials in the state and federal courts, including personal injury, insurance bad faith, employment discrimination and professional negligence cases. A significant aspect of Mr. Frye's practice is the handling of claims against insurance companies. He has successfully prosecuted many lawsuits against insurance companies seeking life, disability and other benefits. Mr. Frye is highly regarded as a skilled trial attorney and aggressive negotiator against insurance companies.

Mr. Frye has recovered millions of dollars for his clients including a recent settlement of more than $10 million.


Mr. Frye is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1970

  1. Personal Injury: 35%
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 15%
  5. Insurance: 15%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • No photo

    I have worked with John Frye in various capacities for more than 20 years. His litigation skills are superior; his ethics are impeccable; and, most important, he cares about his clients and their case results. I would trust him with any legal matter and am proud of my professional association with him. Mr. Frye is a topnotch trial lawyer and a client could not do better than to retain him.


    E Malchow
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Ilya Demetrios Frangos

    John has been my supervising attorney for the majority of my career practicing civil litigation. His attention to detail and work ethic is the example that I strive to meet as an attorney. I have been fortunate to witness firsthand John’s determination to ensure the fair treatment of his clients and the knowledge and experience that he brings in personal injury and insurance litigation. John has handled complex cases involving catastrophic injuries, as well as intricate and complicated bad faith insurance and malpractice cases, with remarkable results. The training that I have received through John’s tutelage is invaluable and I am very fortunate to work with him. I fully endorse this lawyer.


    Ilya Frangos Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

411 Borel Ave #500
San Mateo, CA, 94402-3520




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Highest Rating for Professional Competence and EthicsMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGaline, Frye & Fitting2010 - Present
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of John Frye1996 - 2010
PartnerFrye & Alberts1991 - 1996
PrincipalKarblum, Ferry & Frye1989 - 1991
PartnerLeboeuf Lamb Leiby & Macrae, LLP1985 - 1989
Legal CounselPG&E1977 - 1985
Public DefenderSanta Cruz Public Defender's Office1974 - 1977
Deputy District AttorneySanta Cruz District Attorney's Office1970 - 1974


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
San Mateo County Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2000 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1996 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Tony A. v. Scott O.$4.55 Million Dollar Settlement
Carol L. v. Homeowner's Insurance$1.2 Million Dollar Settlement
Michael M. v. Accounting Firm$11 Million Dollar Settlement

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazinePrimary Assumption of the Risk: A bar that can be climbed (or swum) over2014
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineHolding Onto Securities: Affirmative Action Not Required for Reliance2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of California - DavisN/AUndergraduate1966

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Bad Faith Insurance SeminarBad Faith Insurance Litigation1990
Bad Faith Insurance SeminarBad Faith Insurance Litigation1990
National Association of Insurance and Financial AdvisorsCorporate Director and Officer Liability Insurance1989