John McCarthy

Law Offices of John F. McCarthy

6-7 years

Since starting the Law Offices of John F. McCarthy in San Diego, John McCarthy has worked tirelessly to help employees throughout California ensure their civil rights in the workplace. McCarthy provides practical counsel and zealous advocacy for the victims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. He has taken on individual harassers, Fortune 500 companies and even the courts themselves to ensure better working conditions across California. 

McCarthy’s unrelenting pursuit of justice and his passion for workers’ rights stems from his growing up in a small farming community. After graduating from law school, he went to work for an employment defense firm representing large agricultural employers. He saw firsthand the atrocities many employers would commit in order to make more money. As an associate, McCarthy recognized that he was a part of the problem. He wanted to be part of the solution. So he opened his office in San Diego and hasn’t looked back.

McCarthy truly cares about his clients and it shows. Not surprisingly, his clients have described him as being “extremely knowledgeable in all things labor law” and “very fair and honest,” a “RocknRolla” and even “the mother f-in’ man.” McCarthy’s clients come from all walks of life. They include everyone from immigrant workers who are the victims of sexual harassment to hospital whistleblowers who are wrongfully terminated. He relishes the role of the underdog, taking on employers who have hired defense firms with 1,000 times as many employees. 

Every year, McCarthy volunteers with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program to provide pro bono legal advice for homeless veterans at Stand Down. He has also volunteered to serve as a speaker, judge, and even a witness for law students at all three San Diego law schools. McCarthy is truly dedicating himself and his practice to a greater good. 

McCarthy has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as “Best of the Bar,” has been recognized as one of the top 40 labor and employment lawyers under 40 in California, and is recognized as a “superb” labor and employment lawyer. He is an active member of CELA, where he has served as a mentor and member of the legislative committee helping draft legislation for the betterment of employees throughout the state. In his spare time, McCarthy enjoys spending time with his family and is the president of the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach.  

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2014

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2014 Finalists

1-2 years

Wana Bernales

The Bernales Law Firm

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Irina Doliner

Gruenberg Law

David Gibbs

Law Offices of David B. Gibbs

Kira Guisto

Frantz Law Group

Amy Hsiao

Hsiao Law

James Kaen


Sasha Kamfiroozie

Law Offices of Hickman & Robinson LLP

Matthew Odgers

Law Offices of Matthew W. Odgers

Ronza Rafo

The Law Office of Ronza J. Rafo

Patrick Raue

Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP

Parisima Roshanzamir

Gomez Trial Attorneys

Irina Sherbak

Law Offices of Irina Sherbak APC

Jayme Simpson

Simpson-Myrick LLP

Aisha Williams

Qualcomm Inc.

3-5 years

Lauren Bates

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Jeff Boerneke

Latham & Watkins LLP

Elizabeth Call

Green Bryant & French LLP

John Clayton

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Inc.

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Jason Evans

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Jenn French

Leventhal Law Firm

Jordon Harlan

Berman & Riedel

Nicole Heeder

Law & [M]ocean

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

Pejman Kharrazian

Epsten Grinnell & Howell APC

Jonathan Liu

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Stacey O’Neill

Jurewitz Law Group

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Ian Schuler

Lorber, Greenfield & Polito LLP

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Lisa Yun

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

6-7 years

Amanda Allen

Aguirre Allen Law

Rebecca Blain

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jennifer Casler-Goncalves

Latham & Watkins LLP

Caroline Choi

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP

Emily Fox

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Jose Garcia

Christensen & Spath LLP

Fernando Landa

Crosbie, Gliner, Schiffman, Southard & Swanson LLP

Lisa Magorien

Andrews, Lagasse, Branch & Bell LLP

Alexander Maniscalco

The Loftin Firm P.C.

John McCarthy

Law Offices of John F. McCarthy

George Miller

Shustak & Partners P.C.

Dwayne Stein

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie

Michael Weitz

Blanchard, Krasner & French

Craig Wendland

The Frost Firm

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 15
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 12
Finalists Notified November 14
Sponsorship/Advertising December 12
Publication December 18



Timothy Hutter, Allen Matkins

Associate at Allen Matkins San Diego, Timothy Hutter's drive and passion for law have earned him recognition as a top Young Attorney for 2012 by The Daily Transcript.

Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.