John W. Patton, Jr., Esq.

General Counsel

John has nearly thirty-five years of experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with jury and court trials and appellate work in both state and federal courts throughout California.  John’s practice has focused on employment disputes, commercial business litigation, real estate disputes, and personal injury.  He has represented and counseled Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized and small businesses and individuals.  He is a 1975 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, and a 1979 graduate of Howard University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and first in his class.

In 1997, John was elected as the first African American president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in Beverly Hills, California.  He is a former member of the State Bar of California Commission of Judicial Nominees Evaluation, the Business Law Section, and the Committee on Administration of Justice; a former member of the American Bar Association Metropolitan Bar Caucus; and a former member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

John is the past Chair and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), a powerful voice of the lawyers of California.  Among other activities and services to California lawyers and the public, CCBA provides a forum and voice for all local, minority, statewide and specialty bar associations in California to consider, debate and propose, and implement changes in California laws.