John K. Courtney

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Girardi | Keese
 | 1126 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-977-0211
Fax: 213-481-1554
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Devoting 100% of his practice to complex civil litigation, John K. Courtney is an attorney at Girardi | Keese. Based in the firm's main office in Los Angeles, he represents clients throughout California. Mr. Courtney has been admitted to practice before all California state courts since 1988, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

    The main portion of Mr. Courtney's practice is centered on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. His experience in this area of the law has involved medical malpractice, toxic torts, airplane crashes, premises liability, workplace accidents, and defective products. He has successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through negotiated settlements as well as jury verdicts, and this has resulted in his being a member of the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Representative results have included a $7.1 million settlement of a medical negligence case, a $25 million settlement in a case involving groundwater pollution caused by a manufacturing plant, a jury award in excess of $1 million involving premises liability and a malfunctioning elevator, and a $5 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit based on a plane crash.

    Mr. Courtney also has extensive experience in antitrust litigation as well as bad faith and other insurance coverage disputes. His successful track record has led to his receipt of an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America as well. A 1988 graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Courtney is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California and other legal groups.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 20%Aviation and Aerospace
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About John Courtney

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, 2008 - 2011, 2013
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 2015,2016
    • America's Top 100 Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Southern California Superior Lawyer, 2007 - 2016
    • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2008 - 2009
    • Pi Alpha Theta, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2008 - 2013
    • Pi Gamma Mu, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Alpha Sigma Nu, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Southern California Superior Lawyer, 2007 - 2013 

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • ABOTA, Civility Chair, 2015 - 2016
    • Elected to National ABOTA, Board member, 2015 - 2018
    • ABOTA, LA Chapter Executive Board, 2010 - 2016
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, Associate, 1990 - Present
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1988
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
    • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2008 - Present
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1988
    • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2003 - Present LA Chapter Vice President 2017 LA Chapter President 2018 National Board member 2016 to present Cal ABOTA Board member 2017-2019
    • California, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1988
    • Member, American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present


    • In excess of $1 million, Verdict - Chakalis v. Elevator Solutions, 2009
    • $5 million, Verdict - Long Beach Goldberg v. Marriot in 2015. Wrongful death plane crash on Catalina Island
    • $7.1 million, Settlement - confidential medical negligence case in Sacramento
    • $3.6 million, Settlement - for a long haul truck drive hurt climbing onto a loading dock, Gitron v. Swift
    • Council v. Grossmont Union High School.  Settlement $7.4 Million. , 2018
    • $25 million, Settlement - groundwater pollution by rocket fuel manufacturing plant
    • Allen v. Aerojet-General Corp., Sacramento Case No. 97AS06295
    • Settlement, $25 Million

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, B.A., Cum Laude, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, 1985

    Industry Groups

    • AAJ
    • ABOTA
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Consumer Attorneys Association Of California
    • Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles
    • Irish American Bar Association
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    1126 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Phone: 213-977-0211

    Fax: 213-481-1554

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