John J. McAvoy

Civil Attorney & Litigator

Even before becoming a lawyer, I made it my life’s work to fight for victims of violence, abuse, and neglect. After serving our country in the 1960s, I went on to practice civil law so I could continue to stand up for everyday people facing injustice.

What does it mean to be a civil litigator?

To me, it means making sure the law is on your side when life throws you a curveball.

Recovering money after an injury

In the field of civil law, one of the most common terms you’ll hear is “personal injury.” Basically, if you ever get hurt because of another person’s mistake, recklessness, or deliberate intention to cause harm, I’m here to hold them legally and financially accountable.

Administering your loved one’s estate

When a spouse, parent, or other loved one passes away, the last thing you want to worry about is a lot of legal nonsense. Unfortunately, disputes sometimes arise between beneficiaries, debt collectors, and other people involved. That’s where I come in to help.

Putting a stop to elder abuse

In California, senior citizens ages 65 and up fall under the “elder abuse” category when they’re mistreated. Elder abuse includes physical harm, financial manipulation or coercion, and psychological or emotional abuse. If you suspect that an older relative is being harmed, call me immediately.

Taking care of other civil law matters

Of course, the topics discussed above are just three of countless civil law issues that can arise. Essentially, if you run into a non-criminal legal complication (such as bankruptcy, a business dispute, or a real estate concern), consider me your go-to resource for legal guidance.

Quality. Integrity. Experience.

For over 30 years, I have served San Diego County and surrounding areas of Southern California. As you can imagine, I have many connections throughout the local legal community, which only works to your advantage. Whether your case involves an injury, the abuse of an older relative, a complicated problem with a will or trust, or another civil matter altogether, please don’t hesitate to put my knowledge and experience to work for you.

Practice Areas

No matter the dispute, I’m ready to fight for you.

Personal Injury

When another person causes you harm (whether it's intentional or not), you expect them to pay for their mistake. Talk to me about how to get a fair payment from their insurance company.


Elder Abuse

Senior citizens should be treated with the utmost respect and care. If your loved one has been abused or neglected (physically, financially, or otherwise), I’ll be their advocate.


Will, Trust, & Estate Litigation

When someone you love passes away, distributing their assets is difficult enough without legal complications arising. If you’re involved in a probate or estate-related dispute, reach out now.


I return calls within 24 hours


Attorney Referrals

Need a Civil
Law Consult?

Since 1979, I’ve worked closely with area judges, arbitrators, and experts on civil law matters. Let that experience benefit your client.

When I have a client in need of your expertise, I’ll gladly return the favor.

As someone who has been practicing civil law for over 30 years, I can tell you that what they say is true — two minds are better than one. Think of me as your civil litigation resource, and I’ll return the favor whenever possible. After all, it’s our clients who ultimately benefit when we put our minds together.


A Personal Approach to Your Civil Matter. An experienced attorney to guide your way.

Most legal matters — especially those that involve family — are extremely personal to the people involved. When I work with you on your case, know that I am looking out for the best interests of you and your loved ones. Talk to me about your situation, and I will do everything in my power to help you arrive at a just resolution.

Can’t come to me? I’ll come to you.

Since many of my clients are injured or elderly, I have absolutely no problem doing a little traveling. When it will make your life easier for me to come to you, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

The majority of my clients live in or near San Diego, like myself. However, if you’re located in a neighboring city in Southern California — such as National City, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Santee, Escondido, Encinitas, or San Marcos — I invite you to reach out.

Worried about cost? Let’s talk about it.

As the sole attorney at my firm, it’s easy for me to keep overhead costs low, which can save my clients a lot of money. To learn more, schedule a meeting and bring all of your legal and financial questions with you. I’m an open book. One thing you may like to know up front: I work personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means injury clients owe me nothing unless I win their case.