John L. Dodd

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Tustin, CA

The Law Offices of John L. Dodd and Associates
 | 17621 Irvine Blvd., Suite 200
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: 714-731-5572
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Attorney Profile

For more than 20 years, John L. Dodd, founder of John L. Dodd, Attorney at Law, has been serving clients throughout California from his office in Tustin. Focusing his practice on appeals and writ petitions, he represents both respondents and appellants in civil, criminal, family, juvenile, parental rights and adoption matters.

After attending the University of California, Davis, Mr. Dodd earned his Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law at Argosy University in Fullerton, California. While in law school, he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in both criminal procedure and property law, and participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Mr. Dodd also studied international law at Downing College at the University of Cambridge in England.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Dodd worked as a staff attorney with the 5th District Court of Appeal and practiced with private law firms before founding his own firm. Admitted to practice in California, he is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 9th Circuits. The holder of an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Dodd has been named to Los Angeles Magazine's list of top Southern California attorneys and Orange Coast Magazine's list of top attorneys in Orange County.

Mr. Dodd is a board member of the Orange County Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and served as its president from 2004 to 2008. A former president of the Orange County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Civil Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society and is the chancellor general of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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Appellate (100%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Appellate: Appeals

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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2012 - 2017

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About John Dodd

Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.appellate-law.com/JLDodd.htm

Honors and Awards:

  • Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine
  • Top Attorney in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" Rating
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Property Law and Criminal Procedure, Western State University in Fullerton, California
  • Editorial Board Member, Staff Writer, Law Review, Western State University in Fullerton, California
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, Western State University in Fullerton, California
  • "Best Oralist" Award in Moot Court, Western State University in Fullerton, California

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Program Chair, Orange County Bar Association, 1993
  • Chair, Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Section, 1994
  • Judiciary Committee Task Force
  • President, Orange County Barristers, 1996
  • Delegates, Ethics and Professionalism Task Force
  • Member, Board of Directors, Orange County Bar Association, 1996 - 2002
  • Chairman, Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California
  • Member, California Advisory Commission, United States Commission on Civil Rights, 2007 - 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • California, 1986

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Newport Harbor Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Western Orange County Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Simon Greenleaf (now Trinity) School of Law
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Chapman University School of Law
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, California Association of Appellate Defense Counsel
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, American Association of Adoption Attorneys
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, California Academy of Adoption Lawyers
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, College of Appellate Advocacy
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Orange County Barristers
  • Co-Author, Federalist Society White Paper, The Case for Judicial Appointments, 1993
  • Note: People v. Ruggles: The Ruggles, Robbins, Ross Roundabout, 13 Western State University Law Review 641, 1986
  • Book Review: Takings, Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain, 14 Western State University Law Review 639, 1987
  • Parental Rights Primer, Orange County Lawyer, May 1994
  • Benefits of OCBA Section Membership, Orange County Lawyer, November 1994

Representative Clients:

  • In re Marriage of Samson, 197 Cal.App.4th 23, 2011
  • Frederick v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 988, 2014
  • In re Santos Y., 92 Cal.App.4th 1274, 2001
  • In re Bridget R., 41 Cal.App.4th 1483, 1996
  • In re Marriage of Moschetta, 25 Cal.App.4th 1218, 1994
  • Adoption of Joshua S., 42 Cal.4th 945, 2008
  • In re Charlotte D., 45 Cal.4th 1140, 2009
  • In re Zacharia D., 6 Cal.4th 435, 1993
  • Johnson v. Calvert, 5 Cal.4th 84, 1993

Educational Background:

  • Downing College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, International Law and Legal History
  • University of California at Davis, B.S. in Law
Office Location for John L. Dodd

17621 Irvine Blvd.
Suite 200
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: 714-731-5572

 

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Last Updated: 11/8/2016

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