John H. Shaffery

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Santa Clarita, CA

Poole & Shaffery, LLP
 | 25350 Magic Mountain Parkway, Second Floor
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-666-4270
Fax: 661-290-3338
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Together with his partner, attorney John H. Shaffery founded the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP, in 1998 to provide high-quality legal services to both business and corporate clients. The focus of his practice is civil litigation, and he assists clients in Los Angeles and the surrounding counties with matters pertaining to the following:

·         Transportation cases

·         Maritime cases

·         Personal injury general defense

·         Employment litigation defense

Mr. Shaffery is a 1991 graduate of Southwestern Law School, and he has dedicated his career to advocating for positive outcomes for his clients. He has over 26 years of trial experience, and he has won six verdicts in the last six years in different Southern California counties. His extensive litigation experience serves to benefit his clients facing complex legal concerns, and he has argued appellate matters before the California Courts of Appeal.

A noted and highly respected part of the legal community, John H. Shaffery is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is also a member of the Themis Advocates Group, which is a national association of prominent trial lawyers. He previously served as chairman of the board for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and helped to found the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation.

He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. Not only is John H. Shaffery known for his success and tenacious advocacy inside the courtroom, he is a guest lecturer at conferences and the publisher for a national newsletter pertaining to products liability litigation - the California Tort Defender.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Transportation/Maritime
  • 30%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Employment Litigation
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2020

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About John Shaffery

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates

  • AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized as a California “Super Lawyer” in 2005, 2006 and 2009-2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California State Bar
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • All Federal District Courts in California
  • Member, Trucking Insurance Defense Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Themis Advocates Group
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association
  • Themis Advocates Group

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Principal and current Executive Board Member, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Chairman of the Board, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Court Rejects Coffee Sellers’ Proposition 65 Defense That Acrylamide Posed No Significant Risk
  • Guest Lecturer at national conferences and is the publisher of a monthly newsletter, “The California Tort Defender,”
  • Large Benzene Verdicts May Create Incentive for Asbestos Firms to Pursue Benzene Cases in California
  • The General Verdict Rule: Liability Under Any Theory
  • A Limit on Governmental Power to Compel Disclosures
  • Judge Caps Bankrupt Defendant’s Asbestos Liability, Citing Lack of Disclosure by Plaintiffs’ Attorneys
  • OSHA Proposes Dramatic Changes to the Reporting of Workplace Injuries
  • FDA Imposes New Requirements for Medical Devices


  • Fasuyi v. Permatex, Inc. (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 681
  • Rodriguez v. Panama Joe's L.A.S.C. BC 627538 August 2018

  • Fasuyi v. Permatex (Alameda County, Case No. RG 06-281952)
  • Bockrath v. Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc. (1999) 21 Cal.4th 71 [86 Cal.Rptr.2d 846, 980 P.2d 398]
  • Pierson v. Tower Beverly (Los Angeles County Case No. SC 089453)
  • Treatt USA, Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Court of Appeal Case No. B263117)
  • Jose Hernandez v. The Superior Court; (2003) 112 Cal.App.4th 285, 4 Cal.Rptr.3d 883
  • Nu-Way Live Oak v. Genlyte Thomas Group (Los Angeles County, Case No. KC 050925)
  • Aldridge v. Philips Electronics (Sacramento County Case No. 34-2009-00054615)
  • Gutierrez v. Bondo Corp. (Los Angeles County Case No. BC256947)
  • Ward v. Fotokem (Los Angeles County Case No. EC038129)
  • Thomas A. Bockrath v. Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc, et al. (1999) 86 Cal. Rptr. 2d 846
  • Maxton vs. Western States Metals (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 81
  • Stump v. Collins (Orange County Case No. 30-2009 00117250)
  • Maxton v. Western States Metals (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 81 [136 Cal.Rptr.3d 630].
  • Pierson v. Tower Beverly (Court of Appeal Case No. B221488)
  • Poplawski v Abacus Roof Corp. et al. (Los Angeles County Case No. BC 550770)


  • Publishes monthly report on trends; regulations; case law; verdicts and settlements and case results of toxic tort product liability matters occurring through out the State of California, The CaliforniaToxic Tort Defender, Manufacturing; Distributors; Retail; Wholesale; School Districts; Public Agencies And Institutions
  • Publishes monthly newsletter discussing trends; changes in California State law as well as Federal law and regulatuions; verdicts and settlement affecting business owners and managers with a special emphasis on Employment and Labor law; Intellectual Property law; Business Purchase and Sale; and Corporate law., The SideBar, For Any Employer Regardless Of Industry; Business Owners And Business Managers

Educational Background:

  • Florida Institute of Technology, School of Aeronautics, B.S., 1982

Industry Groups

  • Aviation
  • Buses
  • Limos
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Restaurant Hospitality
  • Trucking
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Office Location for John H. Shaffery

25350 Magic Mountain Parkway
Second Floor
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Phone: 661-666-4270

Fax: 661-290-3338

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Last Updated: 1/29/2020

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