John F. McGuire , Jr. - Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP

John F. McGuire , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987

John F. 'Mickey' McGuire’s practice is as diverse as Mass Torts; including,  Construction Defects, Wild land Fires, Landslides, Earthquakes and unfair business practices; Products Liability, Fraud, Condemnation and Personal Injury. He has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Diego Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer of the Year. In 2013 he was named by US News & World Reports "Best Lawyers in America" in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation -- Construction, Mass Tort Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation -- Plaintiffs. 

 Mickey is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and also holds a Master’s Degree in mass communications.  In Vietnam he was the recipient of three combat medals for valor under fire, including the Purple Heart. Mickey completed his Naval service at the Pentagon, where for three years he was the press officer for Secretaries of Defense Laird, Richardson and Schlesinger.

 Mickey graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1975 where he was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Team and was awarded the “Order of the Barrister” for his accomplishments in civil and criminal procedure and trial techniques.

 Mickey has received four "Outstanding Trial Lawyer" awards and three Trial Lawyer  of the Awards. He has been recognized in Woodward White's Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1987 in the categories of Commercial, Bet-the-Company, Mass Tort and Personal Injury litigation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is a past president of the ABOTA San Diego Chapter. 

In 2010, he became the twenty second recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism. He and his wife Jodie have eight grandchildren.

U.S. Naval AcademyMBA 1968Marquette UniversityLL.B 1975

Case History

La Jolla Village Homeowners Association v. Donald Bren et al$22,400,000.00 Jury Verdict and Confidential Pre-trial Settlement Client: LA JOLLA VILLAGE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Construction defect suit involving roofs, drainage, land subsidence, slope failure, and structural defects in 419 unit condominium project. Jury found defendant defrauded Association, thus preventing the application of statute of limitations defenses which would have barred recovery of most of the units
Baldwin et al v. Carlton Santee Corp. et al$12,000,000.00 jury verdict and settlement for two against developers for constructing a 110 unit single-family development at the toe of a large, ancient landslide. This case involved 150 individual clients. The jury in the first case found the developer acted in conscious disregard of the plaintiffs' rights and awarded over $3,000,000.00 in punitive damages. Mr. McGuire was honored with an Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award and Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for this case.
Harvey v. Christiana Community Builders et al$9,000,000.00 settlement and buyback in Tierrasanta involving homes that suffered damages as a result of fill subsidence and expansive soils. The settlement included payment of money or buying back of homes in excess of undamaged market value.

Office Location

2550 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the San Diego Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation of the San Diego Metro Area
John F. McGuire, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!John F. McGuire, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Construction
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Insurance, Professional Malpractice)

Other Information

Gender: Male