Among John’s significant trial results are a $106 million wrongful death jury verdict arising out of San Diego’s infamous “American Beauty Murder,” a $16.5 million jury verdict against El Pollo Loco for a slip and fall, a $10.8 million jury verdict against Pizza Hut for the conduct of one of its delivery drivers, an $8.5 million jury verdict against DePuy and Johnson and Johnson for a defective ASR hip implant, a $7.5 million jury verdict against Starbucks for a slip and fall and a $6.5 million jury verdict against Omni Hotels for a coffee burn. John also represented the surviving family members of CHP Officer Mark Saylor in their wrongful death cases against Toyota, and the parents of San Diego legend Junior Seau in their wrongful death case against the NFL. John also serves in leadership roles relating to numerous coordinated litigations involving defective drugs and medical devices. John is a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. He acts today as President and Lead Trial Attorney. From humble beginnings, he attended three separate San Diego public high schools and Grossmont Junior College before graduating from the Nation’s top-ranked law school, Yale University, in 1993. In between, John was named an Academic All American football player for the University of San Diego’s Toreros. He clerked for a federal judge, worked for the international law firm of Latham & Watkins and served the United States as an Assistant United States Attorney until becoming a trial lawyer for people in 2000.
Since that time, he has established himself as one of California’s most recognized and accomplished trial lawyers. Lawyers USA named him the national Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He has twice been named San Diego’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego have awarded him an unprecedented ten separate Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards. He has been named a Top 100 California Attorney overall by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a Top 10 San Diego attorney overall by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, and has been voted by peers a top 10 San Diego Super Lawyer every year since 2012. He was featured as the subject of the cover story in that 2012 publication.
He was voted by peers as the number 1 attorney in San Diego for 2015 and 2016 overall in polling conducted by Super Lawyers rating service. Best Lawyers in America named him the San Diego 2011 and 2012 Plaintiffs Products Liability Attorney of the Year and the 2015 Class Action and Mass Tort Attorney of the Year. Avvo rates him a 10.0 out of 10.0 and he has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $500 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 100 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 50 separate cases. He has obtained verdicts in excess of $1,000,000, $10,000,000 and $100,000,000. Perhaps most notably, John has obtained 6 separate jury verdicts of one million dollars or more in which the defendant offered absolutely nothing to settle prior to trial.
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