John Vukmanovic

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Irvine, California

Delman Vukmanovic LLP
John Vukmanovic
Delman Vukmanovic LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Real Estate, Employment Litigation view more

Licensed in California since: 2001

Education: Whittier Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Russian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013

Delman Vukmanovic LLP

19200 Von Karman Ave
6th Floor
Irvine, CA 92612 Phone: 949-852-3590 Email: John Vukmanovic Visit website


Mr. Vukmanovic represents a wide-array of clients, ranging from individual entrepreneurs and professional athletes, to local, national and international manufacturers and retailers, restaurant chains, entertainment and internet companies, health care providers and real estate brokerages.

Mr. Vukmanovic devotes 100% of his practice to civil litigation.  While business litigation remains the primary area of focus, Mr. Vukmanovic also represents clients in matters involving complex real estate, internet and intellectual property litigation, just to name a few. 

In addition to handling larger litigation matters, Mr. Vukmanovic proudly represents individuals of limited means in a wide variety of pro bono matters, including victims of serious/catastrophic personal injury.  He is also actively involved with various charitable organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

Among his achievements, Mr. Vukmanovic has been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star" and named by Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation. In addition, Mr. Vukmanovic has been awarded Martindale–Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor conferred by his clients in appreciation of John’s value in quality of service, communication skills, and professional diligence.



Practice areas

Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Defense, General Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Defense

First Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage:

  • Defended our client in an action for (1) Reformation of Written Instrument; and (2) Declaratory Relief.  Plaintiff brought the action, related to a promissory note and deed of trust, alleging that the deed of trust had an incorrect amount indicated therein.  We, in turn, contended that the deed of trust included the correct amount, and thereafter unearthed evidence to support our conclusion. Plaintiff dismissed the action, and the parties are negotiating a return of attorneys’ fees incurred by our client in defending the action.
  • Represented the defendants in a case where the plaintiff alleged she was the owner of a real property by adverse possession.  Plaintiff’s complaint asserted a cause of action of quiet title via adverse possession. Following bench trial, the plaintiff was denied a ruling establishing adverse possession in her favor, and that she had no right, title, or interest in the property. The claim was dismissed.  
  • Prosecuted an action on behalf of a client that held intellectual property rights and rights of publicity in the U.S. and various countries in Europe and Asia relating to a well-known Hollywood figure. We quickly acted to enforce our client’s rights, which included the cease and desist of unauthorized use and display of the figure’s images on the defendant’s websites, as well as unauthorized reproduction witha. subsequent settlement.
  • Defended a designer and international retailer in a breach of contract action of $216,000. Filed multiple demurrers attacking the sufficiency of the complaint, and later a cross-complaint against the plaintiff for breach of contract, fraud, concealment and unfair business practices, among other claims., 2018
  • Defended a national retailer and its chief executive in a commercial lease dispute relating to tenant improvements totaling $275,722. Filed a demurrer attacking the pleading sufficiency of the complaint, and later a cross-complaint against the plaintiff contractor., 2018
  • Represented the owner of a cloud-based data management system who was alleged to have misappropriated copyrightable intellectual property. We filed a cross-complaint for: (1) breach of contract, (2) open book account, and (3) account stated.  Following bench trial and post-trial briefing, the court entered judgment in favor of our client and awarded no damages to plaintiffs., 2018
  • Defended a real estate agency and related Revocable Trust when the plaintiff alleged causes of action of (1) Violation of Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR), (2) Unfair Competition, (3) Cancellation of Deed, and (4) Quiet Title, the latter two against our clients. The plaintiff alleged its lender violated the California Homeowner Bill of Rights and sought to have the foreclosure reversed, in addition to seeking $40 million in damages. We filed a demurrer to the operative complaint. Part of the plaintiffs’ case was dismissed as a matter of law after opening statements, and the Court sustained our demurrer without leave to amend, effectively dismissing the case., 2018
  • Agree to Disagree: Resolving Property Disputes with a Partition Action – DevelopmentFEHA — Free Everyone of Harassment Already – Bloomberg LawDelman Vukmanovic LLP Recognized by Benchmark Litigation California 2019, Delman Vukmanovic LLP - Nov 2018
  • Employer-Employee Privacy: Has Technology Blurred the Lines to the Point of No Return? Thomson ReutersCommon Mistakes Business Owners Make in Commercial Real Estate Investing – FitSmallBusinessFrom the 1st Billboards to ‘3 Billboards’: A Legal Evolution – Law360Recently We’ve Talked With Clients About…, Delman Vukmanovic LLP - Sept 2018
  • Warning! Your Trademark is Expiring. Or Is It? – Southern California ProfessionalDelman Vukmanovic LLP Welcomes Litigator Karina Saranovic Legislating Addiction – Daily Journal/California LawyerKeeping Up-To-Date on the Southern California Rehab Crisis, Delman Vukmanovic LLP - June 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Esquire Network
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association  
Educational Background:
  • Whittier College School of Law, Costa Mesa, California Honors: Accelerated Program Honors: Civil Trial Advocacy course, 2000
  • California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Major: Business Administration Emphasis: International Business, 1994
  • Institute on Comparative and International Law, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2000
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Various pro bono and community service activities throughout L.A. and Orange County, 2020
  • Vista Verde Foundation, Board Member, 2020
Representative Clients:
  • AAA Appraisal Advantage, Inc.; American Logistics International LLC; Bella Professionals, Inc. dba Sleekhair; Buzz License, Inc.; Byzantine Industries, L.L.C.; Camellia Co., Ltd.; Chefs' Warehouse West Coast LLC; Crystal Audio and Visual Services, Inc.; Dairyland USA Corp; Digital Hub USA, LLC; Earth Stone LLC; Everlast Worldwide LLC; Georgiou Studio, Inc.; Guaranteed Rate, Inc.; IntegraWorx, Inc.; Intrinsic Systems LLC; JKH Naturals;  JM Allen, Inc.; Kentucky Fried Chicken; Lincoln Memorial Park, Inc.; Natural Sequence, LLC; Networth Credit Services, LLC; NGL Freight Management, LLC; Nova Skilled Home Health, LLC; Parsoda USA, Inc; Pescado Mojado Operations, Inc.; Platinum Finance Properties; Saint Benedict Medical Group, Inc.; Shai International Inc.; Southern California Health Institute; Strategic Partners, Inc.; Viewpoint Reo Realty, Inc.; Wemagin; Whey Coco Inc.; West Egg Properties, LLC, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Latte with a Lawyer is a podcast featuring the stories of attorneys and their strategies and tactics for making an impact in their profession. It's sponsored by EmotionTrac, and hosted by Jonathan Brickman., Speaker, Latte With a Lawyer Podcast, Legal, 2021
  • The legal industry is filled with some of the smartest, ambitious and highly educated lawyers. So, what does it take to excel and stand out in the field? Partner John Vukmanovic was interviewed by Authority Magazine to discuss why he chose a career path in law, recent successes, the five traits to be a top lawyer and more.  , Contributing author, Top Lawyers: John Vukmanovic Of Delman Vukmanovic On The 5 Things You Need To Become A Top Lawyer In Your Specific Field of Law, Authority Magazine, Legal, 2022
  • Widespread job loss and business disruption are plaguing the U.S. due to the impact of COVID-19, and in response, state and local governments have passed emergency orders and regulations temporarily prohibiting evictions and extending deadlines to pay rent, among other restrictions. Landlords and tenants should be aware that eviction moratoria and related restrictions differ across states, counties, cities and regions. City and local jurisdictions tend to follow their state’s guidelines, but they may modify based on local conditions, which can be impacted by politics and lobbying. The first step is to know and understand the requirements in your local jurisdiction. If your jurisdiction doesn’t have these protective measures, contact your local politicians or nonprofit lobbying groups to see if you can get helpful legislation passed. , Co-author, Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 in Commercial Lease Obligations, Western Real Estate Business, Real Estate, 2020
  • When COVID-19-related restrictions imposed by state and local governments are lifted, there is no guarantee that they will have done more than delay the inevitable: eviction and bankruptcy. Modifications should be used to cut risk and losses. If at all possible, landlords and tenants should cooperate now to avoid that outcome., Co-author, Creative Strategies for Landlords and Tenants to Survive the COVID-19 Shutdown, Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, Real Estate, 2020
  • It’s common for family members or business partners to co-own residential and commercial property. Unfortunately, it’s also common for them to have a dispute over the property because of disagreements about long-term objectives, accounting, maintenance costs, renovations, mismanagement and much more. Such a dispute might be over the use or management of the property, or it might be an unrelated personal dispute in which co-owners want to go their separate ways. Whatever the cause, parties often reach a stalemate when trying to reach a resolution on their own. Owners should be aware that they have a right to file a partition action. , Author, Agree to Disagree: Resolving Property Disputes with a Partition Action, Development Magazine - NAIOP, 2018
  • Partner John Vukmanovic was interviewed by FitSmallBusiness to comment on the risks purchasing commercial real estate presents if you don’t know the common pitfalls to avoid. John discussed “Not Knowing Your Rights Against an “As Is” Clause,” stating: When a seller sells a property “as is,” it doesn’t mean the seller can fail to disclose issues they should reasonably disclose. The seller isn’t completely absolved for not reporting what they should have just because there is an “as is” clause. As a buyer, you should know your rights about this and be aware that you may have legal recourse if the seller didn’t fully disclose certain issues about the property.  , Top 25 Mistakes in Commercial Real Estate Investing, Fit Small Business, 2018
  • , State Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation , 2022
  • , Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2021
  • General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Real Estate, Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation California, 2020
  •, Los Angeles/Century City/Irvine - Tier 2, Benchmark Litigation California, 2020
  • As noted by Benchmark in its editorial, “For a firm of its size, its reputation looms large among its devoted client base.” Further: One such client confirms, “The firm is very thorough. They took the time to understand the details of our case and involved us appropriately throughout the entire process. They are very proficient in the nuances of the law and the litigation process. There were never any surprises, no missed deadlines, and [the lawyers] were always prepared. Their business practices and billing processes were professional. Everything was well documented and timely. The firm was flexible with payment terms, and I would give them an A+ for their customer service attitude. I always felt that they were proactive in looking out for our best interest - not just in matters pertaining to the case, but in helping us grow our business.” Another client observes, “What I saw was persistence and expertise in getting the best outcome for their client., Los Angeles/Century City/Irvine - Tier 2, Benchmark Litigation California, 2019
  • As published by Benchmark:John Vukmanovic, a noted “bulldog” litigator, is a particular favorite. One client attests, “The truth is that I've known John for close to 40 years and he is one of the most stand-up persons I know. I have no doubt about his trust and ethical standards he conducts himself with, and he has never steered me wrong in 17 years since he has been practicing law.”, State Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation California, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award 2005-2015.  Made possible by the compliments and feedback of his clients, Mr. Vukmanovic was honored with the Client Distinction Award.  This award is in recognition of excellence in the following areas: quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability.   
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

Office location for John Vukmanovic

19200 Von Karman Ave
6th Floor
Irvine, CA 92612


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013

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