John F. (Mickey) McGuire, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in San Diego, CA

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP
 | 2550 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-514-3896
Fax: 619-236-9653
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Eminent Domain (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney John F. (Mickey) McGuire, Jr., is a senior partner with the San Diego, California, law firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire. Widely regarded as one of the top litigators in the country, Mr. McGuire has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of the rights and entitlements of those who are dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges.

    Touted as a "triple threat" attorney, Mr. McGuire has proven his mettle securing favorable outcomes for his clients in a wide range of disputes, including business litigation, franchise disputes, partnership disputes, unfair business practices, construction defects, bad faith issues, personal injury and medical malpractice claims, class actions, and other tortious matters.

    Mr. McGuire also has extensive experience with condemnation law, and he served as co-lead counsel in a class action on behalf of more than 12,000 clients adversely affected by the 2007 Witch and Guejito Fires, and his team also handled cases involving the wild fires in Northern California. For his part, he helped secure more than $100 million in total damages for his plaintiff clients.

    A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a master's in mass communication, Mr. McGuire served a tour of duty in Southeast Asia, where he received the Purple Heart as well as other medal and commendations for his valor under fire.

    Upon his honorable discharge, he attended Marquette University Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1975 and graduated Order of the Barristers. A St. Thomas More Scholar, Mr. McGuire was an active member of the Marquette Law Review, and he also served with the school's Moot Court Competition team.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. McGuire has earned many awards and honors for his impeccable professionalism and service. Along with holding an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, he has also received many accolades from The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, construction mass torts, class actions, plaintiff personal injury litigation and more. In addition, he is the recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism as well as Top Attorney designations from the San Diego Daily Transcript.

    Active in his legal community, Mr. McGuire is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and other professional legal organizations, and he routinely conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

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    Practice Areas
    • 20%General Litigation
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    • 20%Eminent Domain
    • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Partnership, Construction Defects, Bad Faith Insurance


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About John McGuire, Jr.

    Admitted: 1976, California

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    • Annual Award given to a member of the bar who reflects the best in the legal profession. The awardee is selected by vote of the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA, San Diego Defense Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego., Daniel T. Broderick Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism, San Diego County Bar Association, 2009
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in 2010 for excellence in Bet-the-Company litigation, Commercial litigation, Mass Tort Litigation and Personal Injury litigation, Bet the company litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
    • Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Diego Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011
    • San Diego Top Attorney, Daily Transcript, 2010

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Past President, San Diego Chapter ABOTA, 2009

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A look at the impact of the rush to build homes in unstable and geologically vulnerable areas: The Sky Above, the Mud Below examines how the dumbing down of building codes and lax building inspectors contribute to flooding and leaking; Noah's Long Term Legacy looks at the risks of flooding from the push to build closer and closer to wilderness areas, and All It's Cracked Up To Be profiles the hazards of earth movement and subsidence., Noah's Long Term Legacy


    • May be viewed online at the firm's website,

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Recognized as on of "San Diego's Top Influentials" by the Daily Transcript newspaper, 2009
    • Recognized as one of "San Diego's Top Influentials" by the San Diego Daily Transcript, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • US Naval Academy, Masters in Mass Communications, 1968
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    Office Location for John F. (Mickey) McGuire, Jr.

    2550 Fifth Avenue
    11th Floor
    San Diego, CA 92103

    Phone: 619-514-3896

    Fax: 619-236-9653

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