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I provide expert labor and employment advice and counsel and I resolve high conflict disputes.  


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Mediation: 50%



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices of John F. McCarthy

525 B Street
Suite 1500
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
LSAT ScholarshipThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
Outstanding Young AttorneySan Diego Daily TranscriptN/A
Finalist- Top Attorneys- Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily TranscriptN/A
Best of the BarSan Diego Business JournalN/A
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal AdvocatesN/A
Top Attorneys Nominee -Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily TranscriptN/A
Top Young Attorneys NomineeSan Diego Daily TranscriptN/A
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
Rising StarSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of John F. McCarthy2010 - Present
AssociateSaqui & Raimondo2008 - 2009
AssociateLavorato, House, Chilton & Lavorato2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Souther California Mediation AssociationMember2016 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2016 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2015 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2015 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Kiwanis Club of Ocean BeachMember, Board Memeber, President2011 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2008 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - 2015
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMentorship Committee- Mentor2012 - 2015
California Employment Lawyers AssociationLegislative Committee Associate Member2011 - 2015
San Diego Inn of CourtStudent Trial College2011 - 2011
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2011 - 2015
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2011 - 2015
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
Pepperdine University School of LawMediating the Litigated CaseN/A2016
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California at Davis School of LawPolitical ScienceA.B. Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker SeriesEmployment Laws For Everyone2012
Continuing EducationEmployment Issues Affecting Minors2012