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John Douglas Winer

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John D. Winer is recognized statewide by his colleagues as an outstanding litigation and trial attorney. He has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements over the last 34 years, often in cases in which his client's economic survival and ability to overcome serious trauma and the death of a loved one were at stake.

Mr. Winer is frequently asked to lecture to other attorneys in his areas of specialty and emphasis including wrongful death, serious personal injury, psychological injury, employment litigation, psychotherapist malpractice, healthcare provider sexual abuse, workplace sexual harassment, elder abuse, traumatic brain injury and catastrophic injury cases.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



Contingent (33-40%)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Erika Jacobsen White

    I have been working with John since 2007. He is committed to his clients and gets them excellent results. John likes to fight for the underdog, and has built a team of lawyers and staff who are wonderful to work with. I am honored to be a part of this team.


    Erika White Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
A/V ratingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top AttorneySuperLawyers2014
Top AttorneySuperLawyers2013
Top AttorneySuperLawyers2012
Top 100 Harassment Lawyers in the United StatesE-BossWatch2011
top AttorneySuperLawyers2011
Finalist for California Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2006Consumer Attorneys of California2006
1 of 4 Finalists for SFTLA Trial Lawyer Of The YearSan Francisco Trial Lawyers Association2006
Outstanding Service AwardState of California by CA-PACN/A
Outstanding Achievement AwardCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Presidential Award of MeritCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Presidential Award of MeritCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Presidential Award of MeritCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Trench Soldier AwardCA-PACN/A
Presidents ClubCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Presidential Award of MeritCalifornia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerWiner, McKenna, & Burritt, LLP.1990 - Present
MediatorJohn D. Winer2006 - 2014
PrincipalLaw Offices of John D. Winer1990 - 2005
Senior PartnerWiner & McKenna, LLP1990 - 2012
PartnerLess, Weaver & Winer, San Francisco, CA1986 - 1990
AssociateLewis & Lewis, San Francisco, CA1980 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2008 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
San Francisco Trial Lawyer Employment Litigation Practice GroupCo-leader1998 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1997 - Present
San Francisco Early Settlement ProgramJudge Pro Tem1996 - Present
California Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1994 - 1996
Consumer Attorney of California Legislative CommitteeBoard Member1990 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
California Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Prescription Drug Led to Brain Damage and Abuse Case Against Doctor$7,130,000 Settlement on Behalf of Plaintiff
$5,600,000 — Man Paralyzed By Defective Forklift$5.6 Million Dollar Settlement on Behalf Of Plaintiff
$5,000,000-Bad Faith Termination of Disability Insurance Benefits to Severely Disabled Former Dentist$5,000,000 Settlement on Behalf of Plaintiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of FloridaLiberal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Consumer Attorneys of California 37th Annual ConventionUpdate on the Law and Useful Techniques in Litigating Psychotherapist Abuse CasesN/A