John Michael Montevideo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Animal Law Attorney in Irvine, CA

Montevideo Law, PC
 | 100 Spectrum Center Drive, Ste 900, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-298-7579
Fax: 949-298-7961
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Animal Law (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

John Michael Montevideo became a trial attorney to help people. He dedicates his practice to sharing his clients’ stories and bringing them justice for the wrongs committed against them. He is Founder and Senior Trial Attorney of Montevideo Law, PC.

After earning his degree in Business Management and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University, John Michael dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Houston, TX. He served full-time with Vita Living, Inc., a non-profit working with those with mental and physical developmental disabilities. It was during this time of service that he became inspired to pursue his legal career to help people vocalize and fight injustice. John Michael went on to earn his Juris Doctorate near the top of his class from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

John Michael’s practice involves protecting the rights of those who have suffered harm as a result of another’s conduct. This most commonly includes litigation for dog bite attacks, brain injury, wrongful death, business disputes, vehicle injury (including car, motorcycle, boat, bicycle and pedestrian), construction injury, workplace injury, government liability, sexual assault and products liability.

John Michael has handled countless cases with successful results on behalf of his clients. These results include six, seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements. John Michael has been admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, District of Columbia in Washington D.C., as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California. John Michael is also an appointed and commissioned Notary Public of the State of California.

Being a Trial Lawyer is in John Michael’s blood. As an Orange County native, he comes from a strong family-line of trial attorneys in the area and has been widely recognized for his own accomplishments. He is a past Finalist for the prestigious state-wide CAOC Street Fighter of the Year Award in 2013 for a successful trial verdict in Orange County 9-times the amount of the last offer before trial, named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014 and 2015 (reserved for only the top 2.5% of lawyers) and is a Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. John Michael is also an active member in the local Orange County and state-wide California legal community as a Board of Director for Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) and a Board of Governor of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

Prior to founding Montevideo Law, PC, John Michael honed his legal skills in a variety of practices, including the largest business and litigation firm in South Carolina Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., two prominent Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County plaintiff trial firms and public service in the government sector with the Department of Justice in their Environmental and Natural Resources Division; Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, D.C. An additional interesting work history tidbit includes his work on the Major Motion Picture “American Gun” in Hollywood, CA where he was involved in casting, filming and pre and post-production.

When John Michael isn’t in trial, he enjoys getting out for a run, laughing with his wife and daughter, being a “weekend warrior” with his home repairs, bodysurfing and backpacking. He is proud to join his family in living out their strong Italian heritage and maintaining their rich cultural traditions. Buona Fortuna!

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Animal Law (50%)

Personal Injury - General (50%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

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About John Montevideo

Admitted: 2009, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.montevideo.law/john-michael-montevideo/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2012 CAOC Presidential Award of Merit, Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2012
  • 2002-2003 Fr. Alfred Kilp, S.J. Award for Service and Leadership, Fr. Alfred Kilp, S.J. Award for Service and Leadership, 2002
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College (TLC)
  • 2013 Future Leaders of Our Community Pillar Award, Pillar Award, Future Leaders of Our Community, 2013
  • 2010 CAOC Presidential Award of Merit, Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2010
  • 2003 Entrepreneurial Star, The Entrepreneurship Program Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship Loyola Marymount University, Entrepreneurial Star, 2003
  • 2013 CAOC Street Fighter of the Year Award Finalist, Street Fighter of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2013
  • 2003 Riordan Community Service Award, Riordan Community Service Award, 2003
  • 2003 Kauffman Entrepreneur, Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership  , 2003

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Notary Public of the State of California, 2009
  • Licensed to practice law in the Washington, D.C., 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Public Law Center (PLC) Supporter
  • Co-Founder and Past Chair, CAOC New Lawyers Division (NLD)
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Team Member, Future Leaders of Our Community (FLOC)
  • California
  • Licensed to Practice Law in the Disctrict of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Lex Romana - Italian Bar Orange County  
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Voted as July 2014 Graduating Class Representative on the Alumni Board of the Trial Lawyers College (TLC), 2014
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Member, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA)
  • Celtic Bar Association - Orange County

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), 2004-2005
  • Los Angeles Food Bank
  • Voices for Children - San Diego CASA
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • St. James Family Kitchen - Seattle, WA
  • Future Leaders of Our Community
  • San Francisco Food Bank
  • Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley and Venice

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 2013 "Consider Your Epitaph" - California State Bar, Litigation Section , Author, Consider Your Epitaph, 2013
  • 2012 Evidence at Trial: Strategies for Success - CAOC Lake Tahoe Seminar (Moderator)  , Moderator, Evidence at Trial: Strategies for Success , Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2012
  • 2013 Handling Pedestrian v Auto Lawsuits - CAOC Annual Convention (Speaker), Speaker, Handling Pedestrian v Auto Lawsuits , Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter to Chapman School of Law regarding CAOC and being a Trial Lawyer
  • Speaker/Presenter to Whittier School of Law regarding CAOC and being a Trial Lawyer
  • Speaker/Presenter to University of San Diego (USD) School of Law regarding CAOC and being a Trial Lawyer
  • Speaker/Presenter to Western State School of Law regarding CAOC and being a Trial Lawyer
  • Why Every P.I. Attorney Needs To Know Workers’ Comp - "Avoid Malpractice By Spotting A Cross-Over Case And Using Proper Language In Settlement Documents", Speaker, Consumer Attorneys Of Inland Empire Chapter Of CAOC And Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCT, 2015

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Trial Verdict - Pedestrian v Auto - $276,782.77 + costs  
  • Settlement - Product Liability - $510,000.00
  • Settlement - Pedestrian v Auto - $250,000.00
  • Settlement - Wrongful Death - $915,000.00
  • Settlement - Product Liability - $180,000.00
  • Arbitration Verdict - Auto v Auto - $50,000.00
  • Trial Verdict - Slip and Fall - $125,000.00 + $80,000.00 Settlement
  • Settlement - Trip and Fall - $400,000.00
  • Settlement - Pedestrian v Auto - $100,000.00

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Currently serving on the Board of Gov of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and is a Co-Founder and Past Chair of the New Lawyers Division of CAOC.
  • Board of Directors of Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA)

Educational Background:

  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, B.A. in Business Management and Marketing, 2004
  • Seattle University, B.A., 2000
  • International Study of Negotiation and Marketing at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) in Bonn, Germany, 2003
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Office Location for John Michael Montevideo

100 Spectrum Center Drive, Ste 900
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-298-7579

Fax: 949-298-7961

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Last Updated: 8/6/2019

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