John P. McKay



Selected to Super Lawyers

Southern California Super Lawyers 2011
Southern California Super Lawyers 2010
Southern California Super Lawyers 2009
Southern California Super Lawyers 2008
Southern California Super Lawyers 2007
Southern California Super Lawyers 2006


National Board of Legal Specialty Certification


J.D.1968     Pepperdine University

California State University at Fullerton


Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Post Graduate Course "Scientific Basis for Evaluation of Occupational and Environment Asbestos Disease


"Certified Specialist" in Civil Trial Advocacy by The National Board of Trial Advocacy

Pre-Legal Experience
1963-66     State Farm Mutual Insurance Company     Field Claims Representative
1966-69     United Pacific Insurance Company     Multiple Lines Claims Adjuster

Admitted to Practice
    State Bar of California - 1969
    U.S. District Court, Central and Northern -1969
    U.S. District Court, Eastern - 1985
    U.S. District Court, Southern - 2003
    U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit - 1977
    U.S. Supreme Court - 1977

    Los Angeles County Bar Association

Special Committee of the Bench and Bar on Discovery, 1978-79


Law and Discovery Subcommittee, 1979-80


Superior Court Committee, 1979-1980


State Courts Committee, 1989


Judiciary Committee, 1989


Orange County Bar Association


American Bar Association


Torts and Insurance Practice - Special Committee on Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance - 1983; 1989


State Bar of California


Defense Research Institute


Association of Southern California Defense Counsel


American Board of Trial Advocacy


Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court

   The Litigation Counsel Of America
    California Continuing Education of the Bar

"How to Handle a Motor Vehicle Case" 1978


"How to Prepare a Case for Trial" 1979


" Punitive Damages" 1981


"Negotiating Settlements in Personal Injury Litigation" 1981


"Calculating and Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases" 1985


"Negotiating Settlements in Personal Injury Litigation" 1986

    Defense Research Institute

"Industry-wide Litigation" 1980


"Insurance Settlements and their Ramifications" 1980

    Southern California Defense Counsel

"Primary and Excess Carriers' Duties" 1980

    Underwriting Executive Conference
"Strict Liability and Jurisdiction in California" 1978
    Guaranty National Insurance Company

"Strict Liability in California" 1980


"California Bad Faith Law" 1981

    Occidental/Wilshire Insurance Company

"California Bad Faith Law" 1983

    North American Reinsurance - California Claims Seminar

"California Claims Practice" 1980

    Asbestos Litigation Defense Counsel

"Plaintiffs's Theories"


"Medical Causation" 1979

    United Pacific/Reliance Insurance Company Supervisor Training Course

"California Law" 1978


"Conditional Guarantees and Structured Settlements" 1979


"California Bad Faith" 1984


"California Good Faith" 1985

    United Pacific LIfe Insurance Company

"Extra Contractual Damage" 1981

    San Francisco Trial Lawyers

"Case Evaluation" 1982

    California Trial Lawyers

"Packaging Your Case for Early Settlement" 1983

    Central Claims Executive Association

"California Good Faith" 1985

    Pacific Claims Executive Association

"Cumis Developments" 1985

    Craig Hospital

"Management of Catastrophic Injuries" 1988

    National Business Institute

"Determining, Proving and Limiting Damages" 1989


"Trying the Wrongful Death Case in California" 1997

    Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court

"Trial Practice" 1994-1995

    Pacific Claims Executive Association

"Violence in the Workplace" 1995

    American Board of Trial Advocates Masters of Trial "Ultimate Trial Notebook" 1996
    Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

"The Ultimate Guide to Auto Cases" 1996

    National Business Institute
"Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Califoria" 1997
    Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters
All Industry Day 2000
Reinsurance Arbitration 2002

    American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
    Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of Arbitrators
    Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem (1981 - 82)
    Orange County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem (1985 - Present)
    Los Angeles Superior Court Joint Association Settlement Officer (1998 - Present)