Craig R. McClellan

Top rated personal injury attorney in San Diego, California

The McClellan Law Firm
Craig R. McClellan
The McClellan Law Firm

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Products liability, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1976

Education: California Western School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

The McClellan Law Firm

1144 State Street
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website

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Craig McClellan of the McClellan Law Firm in San Diego, California, specializes in high stakes litigation throughout California and the United States. He handles a variety of complex personal injury cases involving brain injuries, burn injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, wrongful death, car accidents, truck accidents, defective products and product liability. He also handles business litigation, representing owners, partners, buyers, sellers and shareholders who have been harmed.

Having obtained more than 145 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million each, Mr. McClellan has achieved national recognition for his success. He is the only San Diego attorney ever voted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of the top 100 Plaintiffs lawyers in the United States. He is also a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been featured on commercial and public radio and television programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the McNeil/-Lehrer Report, as well as in the national news.

Among other distinctions, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and 2010 President of the San Diego Chapter, a Master of the American Inns of Court and 2018-2020 President of the Enright Inn, a member and former Board Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, as well as a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group.  Mr. McClellan has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2010, 2014 and 2019.  He has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He was ranked the number one lawyer in San Diego in 2019 by Super Lawyers Magazine, and consistently is ranked in the top 10. Mr. McClellan has the honor of having been one of the few lawyers inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. 

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff, Business litigation

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Motor vehicle defects, Medical devices, Pharmaceutical, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements

First Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.mcclellanlaw.com/our-team/craig-r-mcclellan/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Trustee, California Western School of Law
  • Former Chairman, KPBS Annual Auction
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, SharphealthCare
Honors/Awards:
  • The Best Lawyers in America 1993-2020
  • TopVerdict.com 2018 Top 10 premises liability settlements in California, securing a $3,175,850 settlement for a client.
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2014
  • Named as Super Lawyers, Number One attorney in San Diego, 2019
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2012, 2014 & 2019
  • The only San Diego lawyer ever selected for admission to the Inner Circle of Advocates, the prestigious invitation-only group that limits its membership to 100 of the top plaintiffs' attorneys in the country
  • Profiled in American Lawyer Magazine
  • Named to Southern California Superlawyers, Top 10 lawyers in San Diego
  • Craig McClellan's cases have been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, the McNeil-Lehrer Report, and CBS Evening News, among many other public radio and television programs
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward and White
  • Named one of the Best Attorneys in the Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times
  • Three time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • One of Craig McClellan's cases was featured in "No Contest" by Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith.
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country
Educational Background:
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author: "Physicians' Liability:  The Sale and Insertion of a Dalkon Shield," 11 California Western Law Review 347, 1975
  • "Garrision vs. Porsche," Professional Techniques Library, Million Dollar Arguments, 1983.
  • The Honda ATC and Other Dangerous All-Terrain Vehicles, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, May 1985
  • Physicians' Liability: The Sale and Insertion of A Dalkon Shield, 11 California Western Law Review 347, 1975
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Sustaining Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1985 -1987
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Master, American Inns of Court; President, Enright Inn of Court 2018-2020
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2005 - 2007
  • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983 - 1990
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Diego Chapter, 2010
  • Officer, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1987 -1988
  • Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1983 -1990
  • California
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • $16,550,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a husband/father caused by negligence at a construction site., 2022
  • $9,000,000 settlement for parents and their child who was born with birth defects as a result of negligence of the defendants., 2018
  • $6,000,000 settlement for two bicycle riders who were injured when struck by a motor vehicle., 2019
  • $5,510,000 settlement for driver who was injured in a rear end collision as a result of a seat/headrest defect in his vehicle., 2019
  • $5,000,000 settlement for driver injured when his vehicle caught on fire as a result of a product defect., 2021
  • $5,250,000 settlement for husband/driver injured in a freeway collision and for loss of consortium for his wife., 2020
  • $6,075,000 settlement for the widow of a passenger killed in a small airplane crash as a result of a product defect., 2019
  • $7,225,000 settlement for wrongful death of a husband/father construction worker caused by negligence of the general contractor., 2019
  • $14,000,000 for the wrongful death of a husband/father who was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle., 2015
  • $12,500,000 for legal malpractice., 2019
  • $25,360,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a husband/father caused by the negligence of an automobile dealer and a product defect., 2020
  • Pacific Landmark Hotels, Ltd. vs. The San Diego Unified Port District et. al.:  Settlement of $13,200,880 for delay in the construction of the San Diego Convention Center
  • Rudl vs. Porsche, California Speedway, et. al.: $4,500,000 settlement for the death of husband in a racetrack crash
  • $15,771,234.00 Verdict in Ringdahl v. Garcia for the wife and three children of a bicyclist killed by a motorist.  This is the largest net wrongful death verdict in San Diego history, the 15th largest verdict in California in 2017, and the 50th largest in the nation in 2017., 2017
  • Bristman vs. Western Trucking LLC, City of San Diego, et. al.: Settlement of $7,500,000 for woman injured by truck on a poorly designed and maintained roadway
  • Garrison vs. Porsche: Verdict of $2,500,000 for death of a husband in a Porsche Turbo 930, which the jury found to be too dangerous for the average consumer. Upheld on appeal
  • Henline vs. Honda: Verdict of $8,027,154 for injuries suffered in a car crash
  • Miller vs. Ford: $6,000,000 settlement for injuries and death of backseat passengers by lap only belts, when hit head-on by uninsured driver on the wrong side of the road
Industry Groups:
  • American Association Of Justice
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • American College Of Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Of San Diego
  • Inner Circle Of Advocates
  • San Diego Business Trial Lawyers Association

Office location for Craig R. McClellan

1144 State Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-231-0505

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