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Trial lawyer and Founding Partner of Los Angeles-based McNicholas & McNicholas, John McNicholas has more than five decades of experience representing plaintiffs in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, employment law, class actions, sexual abuse and other consumer-oriented matters, such as civil rights, aviation disasters and product liability.

Since 1963, Mr. McNicholas has obtained millions in verdicts and settlements. His clients include the Vatican, Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, former U.S. Congressman Andrew J. Hinshaw, Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, former L.A. Dodger pitcher, Carlos Lopez and the late movie mogul, King Vidor.

A recognized leader of the trial bar, Mr. McNicholas has received numerous accolades for his professional achievements, including Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal, Southern California Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers by Daily Journal and more.

Mr. McNicholas is an active member in the legal community as a frequent lecturer and panelist on litigation, procedure, evidence and related trial subjects for programs sponsored by The State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and other trial bar associations. He holds memberships in various organizations, including American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, both of which are admission by invitation only. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
  3. Brain Injury: 15%
  4. Business: 15%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 

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Contact info

10866 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90024

McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP

10866 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90024

McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP

10866 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90024



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
“Top 100 Trial Lawyers”The National Trial Lawyers2014
Best Law FirmsU.S. News2014
Order of the CoifLoyola Law School2009
Daniel O'Connell AwardIrish American Bar Ass.2005
"Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California"Daily Journal2002
Civility AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles1995
Board of Governor’s AwardLoyola Law SchoolN/A
Top 100 Lawyers in CaliforniaSuper LawyersN/A
Corporate Counsel EditionSouthern California Super LawyersN/A
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcNicholas & McNicholas, LLP1993 - 2012
PartnerMorgan, Wenzel & McNicholas1964 - 1993
AssociateHagenbaugh & Murphy1963 - 1964
Association namePosition nameDuration
Loyola Law SchoolAdvisory Board, Loyola Advocacy Institute2010 - Present
Loyola Law SchoolBoard of Overseers2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Committee of Bar ExaminersChair2008 - Present
Patrons of The Arts in The Vatican MuseumsMember, Board. of Directors2002 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow1996 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified Civil Trial Advocate1986 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1985 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesDiplomate1968 - Present
Instituto Federal Electoral, Republico de MexicoInternational Observer2006 - 2006
State Bar of Calif., Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (Jenny Commission")Chair2005 - 2008
State Bar of Calif., Bd. of GovernorsVice President2005 - 2008
State Bar of Calif., Commission on Judicial NomineesCommissioner1992 - 2002
Ninth Circuit Judicial CouncilLawyer Representative1989 - 1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AN/A1962
University of California - Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1958
Loyola High SchoolN/AN/A1954
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
L. A. Co. Bar Assn. CLE"Nuts And Bolts: Law And Motion"2012
State Bar of California CLE"Civil Litigation Practice: Annual Recent Developments2007
State Bar of California CLE"Direct And Cross Examination of Experts"2006
State Bar of California, CLE"Preparing And Examining Expert Witnesses2004
Fdn. of American Bd. of Trial Advocates"Ultimate Masters in Trial"2003
State Bar of California CLE"Fundamentals of Civil Trial Pretrial Practice"2002
State Bar of California, CLE"Advanced Course of Study: The Legends in Litigation2001
Fdn of American Board of Trial Advocates"Masters on Jury Selection"1998