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John McCarty | California Employment Lawyer

Employment attorney John McCarty

John McCarty is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on employment law. He takes pride in helping those who have been wronged by their employers, securing millions of dollars in compensation for his clients over a distinguished career.

A renowned and respected attorney, John has earned a reputation for taking on major companies and winning, while always putting his clients first.

Now an important part of Bisnar Chase’s skilled employment law team, he has an excellent track record when it comes to handling cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, bad faith insurance, and much more.

Destined to be an Attorney

John was destined to become an attorney from an early age, supported by his proud parents. Even as a youngster, he would stick up for others, no matter how big the bully.

As a child, John was a chess champion, before moving on to music, and eventually leaving the touring trail behind to become a lawyer. But he counts those early life experiences as a huge influence on his legal career.

While his former bandmates toured with U2 and Tom Petty, John put in the hours at law school to make sure he could save his future clients from injustice. He graduated from the University of California at Long Beach with a BA in political science, before securing awards for scholastic excellence as he graduated from Western State University College of Law.

“I will forever be grateful for becoming a lawyer,” said John. “I truly value the many hours spent over the decades fighting for the hurt, abused, harassed, discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, downtrodden, and others against huge corporations who mistreated them.”

John is a lawyer who really cares, while his “chess brain” continues to help him think many moves ahead when it comes to litigation.

Decades of Experience

John has a strong perspective on employment and insurance claims, having seen them from both sides. He worked as a defense lawyer for the first five years of his career. But he saw a greater potential to do good by working with victims, and switched sides to become a plaintiffs’ attorney in 1993.

He first joined Shernoff & Scott, a nationally recognized insurance bad faith firm, before forming a new law firm called Pedersen & McCarty, and then finally stepping out on his own to create McCarty Legal as his reputation grew.

With more than 30 years of experience as a passionate and successful practitioner, John McCarty has now become the latest addition to Bisnar Chase’s growing employment law team.

Taking on Major Corporations

John made it his mission to slay Goliath corporations, holding even the largest employers accountable and seeking justice for the little guy.

He has litigated hundreds of insurance coverage/bad faith, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower (qui tam and other types), wage and hour, failure to accommodate, and other types of cases against some of the biggest companies in the world.

In addition, he also practices dependent adult abuse, elder abuse, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, toxic tort, construction defect, business litigation, sexual abuse cases, and more.

His career highlights involve being involved in the toxic tort Erin Brockovich cases that inspired the hit movie, while John was also the lead lawyer on the toxic tort Clark Foam wrongful death case that rocked the surfing world.

Success Stories

Since dedicating his career to fighting for plaintiffs, John has secured more than $50 million in recoveries for his clients.

He is a trial lawyer, and has extensive experience both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. His many victories include significant trial results and settlements.


John McCarty's Case Results
Award Amount Type of Case
$2,750,000 Business
$2,200,000 Insurance bad faith
$2,100,000 Employment: Harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination
$1,500,000 Employment: Harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination
$1,250,000 Employment: Wrongful termination
$1,060,000 Professional negligence
$1,050,000 Employment: Harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination
$1,000,000 Insurance bad faith
$990,000 Insurance bad faith
$800,000 Employment: Harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination
$700,000 Insurance bad faith

John said: “Each case is unique, and no guarantees can be made about the outcome of a particular case. But I am proud to have made a difference in the lives of my clients by maximizing the value of their claims.”

He has also made his mark outside of these financial triumphs with several successful appellate decisions in employment and insurance law, displaying his skills as a brilliant litigator.

Appellate decisions include:

  • Hunter v. Rite Aid Corp. (Dec. 30, 2009) E047552
  • Patterson v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., (May 20, 2009, EO45764)
  • Salsgiver v. America Online, Inc., (C.D. Cal. 2000) 147 F. Supp. 2d 1022
  • Hecht v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co. (2008) 168 Cal.App.4th 30
  • Rodriguez v. American Technologies, Inc. (2006) 136 Cal.App.4th 1110
  • Friedman Prof. Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Norcal Mut. Ins. Co. (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 17

Respected Expert

After more than 30 years of practicing law, John has become a renowned expert, earning a reputation as an authority in employment and bad faith law.

He has been an expert speaker and lecturer for many years, sharing his knowledge at law schools and universities, bar associations, private companies, and other venues, as well as providing training to his peers to make sure important aspects of employment cases are not overlooked.

It is important to John that he shares his expertise with his peers, ultimately helping more clients find justice.

Personal Life

John is a family man who loves his wife, Janis, and is extremely proud of his children, Kaley and Danny. He loves to connect with people, and outside of the office he most enjoys laughing and having fun with friends and family.

When it comes to his legal practice, he takes pride in being a compassionate fighter for justice. He will stop at nothing to help his clients, and even tried and arbitrated cases while on a year-long cancer treatment break earlier in his career.

John describes himself as a “Show Must Go On” lawyer who always puts the client first.


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