Attorney John McAvoy in suit sitting in chair

I am a San Diego trial attorney who is a product of the school of hard knocks. Following my “grand tour” of South Vietnam at the tail end of the 1960s, I attended night school on the GI Bill, courtesy of patriotic American taxpayers. After graduating from law school, I passed the California Bar Examination and immediately got to work paying off my student loans.

Admitted to the California and Federal Bars during the Iranian hostage crisis, I have been doing battle with the casualty insurance industry ever since. I work mostly in San Diego County but occasionally venture into courtrooms in places like Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Now, almost 30 years since attaining my law degree, I still work for ordinary people — men, women, and children who get thrown into the public arena of civil litigation through no fault of their own save their unwillingness to be victimized twice. Not bad enough already, their quiet lives are degraded by pain, financial loss, and missed opportunities to enjoy their moments of daily pleasure — all because of careless drivers, property owners, manufacturers, and sometimes even healthcare providers. They must then run the gauntlet of insurance adjusters and attorneys, whose idea of fairness is whatever they can sell to cynical and parsimonious jurors.

I am honored to share that I am a recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. I have also received the highest possible peer review rating as compiled by Martindale-Hubbell in its national attorney directory, which attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics as reflected by the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

Bar Admissions

  • California, Nov. 1979


  • J.D. - Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA, 1977
  • B.A in English - California State University at North Ridge, 1972

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego - Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) - Former Board Member