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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 130 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, pedestrian accident, car accident, motorcycle 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.

Location

  • 1144 State Street
    San Diego, CA 92101

Education

  • California Western School of Law , J.D., graduated 1976
  • University of Oregon, B.S., graduated 1969

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • American Inns of Court, Enright Chapter - Master
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego - Member, former Officer and Board Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California - Member, former Board Member
  • American Association of Justice - Sustaining Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Member, Board of Directors, 2005-06
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - President, San Diego Chapter, 2010
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Inner Circle of Advocates - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Product Liability Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego (2019)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego (2014)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego (2014)
  • Product Liability Litigation, San Diego (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Automobile Collision
  • Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Liability Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Public Liability
  • Wrongful Death

Awards:

  • Named one of the Best Attorneys in the Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times
  • Recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism
  • Recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubble as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer, 2014
  • 10/10 "Superb" Avvo Rating
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2014
  • Three-Time Recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award Winner, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country
  • 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer
  • Named to Southern California Super Lawyers, Number on Attorney in San Diego 2019
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation- Plaintiffs San Diego, 2010, 2014 & 2019

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