John Addams is a certified specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization – a distinction earned by just 1% of all California attorneys.  He has over twenty-five years of experience handling a variety of civil appeals in both state and federal courts, including business disputes, employment litigation, personal injury, class actions, anti-SLAPP, elder law, probate, insurance coverage, and bad faith.

John brings a unique perspective and appreciation to his appellate practice, having tried several jury and bench trials early in his career.

Because of his reputation as an excellent writer, John is often retained by lawyers throughout California to help with major trial motion work.  In addition to his California practice, John is licensed and available to handle writs and appeals in Arizona and Nevada.

Juris Doctor, Moritz College of Law,
The Ohio State University, 1989

Bachelor of Arts - Communications,
The Ohio State University, 1985

AV-Preeminent peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell (2000-present)

San Diego Magazine, Top Lawyers in San Diego (2013-present)

San Diego Super Lawyers (2013-Present)

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

John is an active member of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary, where he has served as president, foundation chair, and youth services chair. He is also active with the Lopardo Inn of Court in North County.