Craig McClellan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Diego, CA

The McClellan Law Firm
 | 1144 State Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-215-1488
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Craig McClellan of the McClellan Law Firm in San Diego, California, specializes in high stakes litigation throughout California and the United States. He handles a variety of complex personal injury cases involving brain injuries, quadraplegia, paraplegia, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, defective products and product liability. He also handles business litigation, representing owners, partners, buyers, sellers and shareholders who have been harmed.

Having obtained more than 110 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, Mr. McClellan has achieved national recognition for his success. He is the only San Diego personal injury attorney voted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of the top 100 Plaintiffs lawyers in the United States. He is also a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been featured on commercial and public radio and television programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the McNeil/-Lehrer Report, as well as in the national news.

Among other distinctions, he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and 2010 President of the San Diego Chapter, a master of the American Inns of Court, a member and former Board Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, as well as a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group.  Mr. McClellan has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for both 2013 and 2014.  He has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About Craig McClellan

Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.mcclellanlaw.com/our-team/craig-r-mcclellan/

Honors and Awards:

  • Craig McClellan's cases have been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, the McNeil-Lehrer Report, and CBS Evening News, among many other public radio and television programs
  • The only San Diego lawyer ever selected for admission to the Inner Circle of Advocates, the prestigious invitation-only group that limits its membership to 100 of the top plaintiffs' attorneys in the country
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward and White
  • Named one of the Best Attorneys in the Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times
  • Named to Southern California Superlawyers, Top 50 in San Diego
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country
  • Profiled in American Lawyer Magazine
  • One of Craig McClellan's cases was featured in "No Contest" by Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith.
  • Three time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Diego Chapter, 2010
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Officer, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1987 -1988
  • Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1983 -1990
  • Sustaining Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1985 -1987
  • Member, Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2005 - 2007
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983 - 1990
  • Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • California
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Former Trustee, California Western School of Law
  • Former Chairman, KPBS Annual Auction
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, SharphealthCare

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Physicians' Liability: The Sale and Insertion of A Dalkon Shield, 11 California Western Law Review 347, 1975
  • Author: "Physicians' Liability:  The Sale and Insertion of a Dalkon Shield," 11 California Western Law Review 347, 1975
  • The Honda ATC and Other Dangerous All-Terrain Vehicles, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, May 1985
  • "Garrision vs. Porsche," Professional Techniques Library, Million Dollar Arguments, 1983.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Ringdahl v. Garcia. Verdict of $15,771,234.00 for the wife and three children of a bicyclist killed by a motorist.  This is the largest net wrongful death verdict in San Diego history, the 15th largest verdict in California in 2015, and the 50th largest in the nation in, 2015
  • Miller vs. Ford: $6,000,000 settlement for injuries and death of backseat passengers by lap only belts, when hit head-on by uninsured driver on the wrong side of the road
  • Garrison vs. Porsche: Verdict of $2,500,000 for death of a husband in a Porsche Turbo 930, which the jury found to be too dangerous for the average consumer. Upheld on appeal
  • Rudl vs. Porsche, California Speedway, et. al.: $4,500,000 settlement for the death of husband in a racetrack crash
  • Bristman vs. Western Trucking LLC, City of San Diego, et. al.: Settlement of $7,500,000 for woman injured by truck on a poorly designed and maintained roadway
  • Henline vs. Honda: Verdict of $8,027,154 for injuries suffered in a car crash
  • Pacific Landmark Hotels, Ltd. vs. The San Diego Unified Port District et. al.:  Settlement of $13,200,880 for delay in the construction of the San Diego Convention Center

Educational Background:

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S., 1969

Industry Groups

  • American Association Of Justice
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • American College Of Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Of San Diego
  • Inner Circle Of Advocates
  • San Diego Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • Office Location for Craig McClellan

    1144 State Street
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-215-1488

     

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    Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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