John Whitcombe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Torrance, CA

Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi & Gibson, LLP
 | 21515 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 450
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-540-2000
Fax: 310-540-6609
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (10%),
  • Tax: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly regarded transactional and litigation attorney, John Whitcombe is one of the managing partners at Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi & Gibson, LLP. Based in Torrance, California, he represents clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

    After majoring in physics as an undergraduate, Mr. Whitcombe spent several years in private industry, where he held executive positions in private companies and worked on mergers and other types of transactions. He then went on to attend the University of LaVerne College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1988. Mr. Whitcombe also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, having obtained that in 1992.

    A portion of Mr. Whitcombe’s litigation practice involves his representation of companies that are involved in employment law disputes. His work in this regard has encompassed wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and claims of alleged discrimination that are brought under various state and federal laws. Mr. Whitcombe’s litigation experience has also covered contract breaches, fraud, intellectual property disputes and products liability defense.

    Mr. Whitcombe’s transactional experience has included business formation, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and joint ventures. He has also served as general counsel to several companies, advising them on regulatory compliance and other matters. His superb track record in all of his professional endeavors along with his high degree of ethics have earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell along with several other honors. Admitted to practice in California since 1988. Mr. Whitcombe is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    *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
    • 30%Business/Corporate
    • 30%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Mergers & Acquisitions
    • 10%Tax: Business
    Focus Areas

    Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Tax Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2021

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    About John Whitcombe

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Admitted to District of Columbia as practicing attorney.  , 2008
    • Admitted to US Supreme Court for purposes of appeal taken from multistate case.  , 1996

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • South Bay Association, Member
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Member
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
    • California Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • State Bar of California Real Property and Business Sections, Member
    • State Bars of Washington DC, Member
    • State Bars of California, Member
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • District of Columbia, 2008
    • California, 1988

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Providence Healthcare Systems
    • GLS Building Corp.
    • Boy Scouts of America


    • Recovery unpaid commercial rent from defaulting tenants of 400,000 sf industrial building.  Litigate exception from pandemic moratorium.  , 2020
    • Settlement of litigated investment into liquor distillery - client received large cash distribution after default in settlement payment from funds held in escrow by third party.  , 2018


    • Closed large number of real estate and business based transactions, totaling in excess of $400MM during pandemic.  

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Active member of Board of Directors - LaCrosse Footwear (Nasdaq: BOOT), chairman of Governance Committee, member of Audit Committee.  

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    • California State University, Dominguez Hills, California
    • University of Southern California, M.B.A., 1992

    Industry Groups

    • Appellate
    • Banking
    • Corporate
    • Employer
    • Expert Testimony
    • High-Net Worth
    • LLC
    • microcap
    • midcap
    • out of state
    • Public
    • s-corp
    • Small Business
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    Office Location for John Whitcombe

    21515 Hawthorne Blvd
    Suite 450
    Torrance, CA 90503

    Phone: 310-540-2000

    Fax: 310-540-6609

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    Last Updated: 1/22/2021

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