A certified appellate specialist who has successfully first-chaired several jury and bench trials, John Addams brings a unique combination of skill, experience, and perspective to the appellate arena.

John’s skill as a top-notch appellate advocate has been recognized by Super Lawyers® and San Diego Magazine Top Lawyers. He has more than twenty-five years of experience handling civil appeals in state and federal court in areas ranging from business and real estate disputes, employment litigation, class actions, and anti-SLAPPs to personal injury, elder law, probate, insurance coverage, and bad faith. Trial counsel also seek John out because of his litigation background to assist with critical motion practice and to develop an appellate-friendly trial strategy.

John is a Master of the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court, where he joins a select group of judges and senior practitioners to teach appellate skills and elevate appellate advocacy. John is also active in the community at large, including as past president of the Rotary Club. He is licensed to represent clients in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

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 also serves as a Master in the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court and is active with the Lopardo Inn of Court in North County.