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
Fax: 619-544-0540
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    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, burn injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, wrongful death, car accidents, truck 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 140 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million each, Mr. McClellan has achieved national recognition for his success. He is the only San Diego attorney ever 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 and 2018-2020 President of the Enright Inn, 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 2010, 2014 and 2019.  He has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Craig McClellan

    Admitted: 1976, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • The Best Lawyers in America 1993-2020
    • 2018 Top 10 premises liability settlements in California, securing a $3,175,850 settlement for a client.
    • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2014
    • Named as Super Lawyers, Number One attorney in San Diego, 2019
    • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2012, 2014 & 2019
    • 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
    • Profiled in American Lawyer Magazine
    • Named to Southern California Superlawyers, Top 10 lawyers in San Diego
    • 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
    • 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
    • Three time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
    • One of Craig McClellan's cases was featured in "No Contest" by Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith.
    • Selected as one of Lawdragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice
    • Member, Attorneys Information Exchange Group
    • Sustaining Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1985 -1987
    • Member, State Bar of California
    • Master, American Inns of Court; President, Enright Inn of Court 2018-2020
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2005 - 2007
    • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
    • Member, Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983 - 1990
    • President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Diego Chapter, 2010
    • Officer, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1987 -1988
    • Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1983 -1990
    • California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


    • 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
    • Rudl vs. Porsche, California Speedway, et. al.: $4,500,000 settlement for the death of husband in a racetrack crash
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Henline vs. Honda: Verdict of $8,027,154 for injuries suffered in a car crash
    • 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

    Educational Background:

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

    Industry Groups

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

    1144 State Street
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-215-1488

    Fax: 619-544-0540

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