John W. Shaw


Direct: 424-738-5561  
Main: 310-373-4445

John has over 35 jury trials involving sophisticated matters. He is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) the preeminent organization based on jury trial experience. His trial experience includes state and federal jury and court trials involving product liability, consumer products, ski bindings, aircraft accidents (fixed wing, rotorcraft, component, insurance coverage, and bad faith), toxic exposure, industrial chemical plant exposure, CERCLA, wrongful death, insurance coverage and bad faith, premises liability, construction (personal injury) and work-place exposure, security guard liability, commercial transactions and disputes, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) litigation, breach of contract, and automobile design liability. John has extensive experience in resolving medical device cases where he serves as national counsel.  He continues to resolve cases involving catastrophic injury and death cases for Fortune 500 companies involving construction site and industrial accidents, exposure, “Prop 65” cases, power-press machines, punch presses, “Slitter” machines, gas turbines, forklifts, valves and pumps, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and recreational products.

For several years, John served as the claims manager for an aviation general managing agent on behalf of Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s on a treaty and facultative basis.

John is a certified mediator and has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court pilot mandatory settlement conference program that he co-originated.  He received advanced mediation skills training at Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University Law School Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Negotiations at the University of Exeter (U.K.).

John has argued in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California District Court of Appeal (published opinions).


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1978, Law Review, published article
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1975, Political Science, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • California State Courts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978

Professional Membership and Activities

  • Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Judges Committee
  • Board of Directors – Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC), 1999-2014
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)


  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (top 5%)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • For seven consecutive years John has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer”© in a survey distributed by Thomson Reuters, a distinction honoring the top 5% of lawyers in the region