Craig R. McClellan - The McClellan Law Firm

Craig R. McClellan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 619-215-1488

Craig R. McClellan is the first and only San Diego personal injury attorney selected for admission to the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invitation-only group of top plaintiff's attorneys, limited to 100 members nationwide.

Mr. McClellan has obtained more than 105 verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars, and is a three-time recipient of the "Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award" from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for cases in which million and multi-million dollar verdicts were obtained. One of his final arguments is featured in Million Dollar Arguments. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and former President of the San Diego Chapter, a Master of the American Inns of Court, and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the American Business Trial Lawyers. He was a recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism. He has appeared on public radio and television programs, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, and the McNeil-Lehrer Report. One of his cases is featured in No Contest by Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith.

Mr. McClellan has focused his career on complex, high stakes litigation. His cases include complex personal injury litigation such as brain injury, wrongful death, car accident, and truck accident cases, as well as defective product and product liability cases. As a business litigator, he represents businesses whose owners or shareholders have been harmed.

University of OregonBS 1969California Western School of LawJ.D. 1976
American Inns of Court, Enright ChapterConsumer Attorneys of San DiegoConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAmerican Association of JusticeAssociation of Business Trial LawyersAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesAmerican College of Trial LawyersInner Circle of Advocates

Case History

Pacific Landmark Hotels, Ltd. vs. The San Diego Unified Port District — This case charged a public entity (the San Diego Port District)with liability for the delay in a public project (the San Diego Convention Center) resulting in loss of revenues from room and food sales at an adjacent hotel (Marriott).  The 13,200,880 settlement was the first of its kind.
Rudl vs. California Speedway — This case resulted in a $4,500,000 settlement for the death of a participant in a track event at the Speedway.  A Release of Liability had been signed, but the case presented a roadmap for litigating cases involving Releases, by garnering evidence of gross negligence.  Shortly after the case concluded, the California Supreme Court concluded that Releases of Liability do not cover gross negligence. 
Garrison vs. Porsche — This case was the first in U.S. history to find a vehicle (the Porsche Turbo 930) defective because its power and handling characteristics made it too dangerous for the average consumer.  The $2,500,000 verdict was upheld on appeal.
Cusimano vs. Honda, Molitor vs. Honda — The evidence presented in these cases is credited by the Department of Justice with helping ban three wheel All Terrain Vehicles (ATV''s) from the U.S. market, resulting in the saving of many lives and many catastrophic injuries.
Miller vs. Ford — One of the first cases allegeing that vehicles were defective if they incorporated a lap-only belt in the rear seat.  In addition to the $6,000,000 settlement, the case resulted in the installation of rear seat shoulder harnesses,legislation requiring warnings on used cars, and in anti-secrecy laws.  The case was featured in "No Contest" by Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith.

Office Location

1144 State Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Diego Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Diego Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation of the San Diego Metro Area
Craig R. McClellan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Craig R. McClellan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Craig R. McClellan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!


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Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Civil Litigation, Insurance, Liability Litigation, Product Liability, Public Liability, Wrongful Death)
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male