(619) 736-8910

John F. McCarthy San Diego Business AttorneyJohn F. McCarthy

McCarthy Law
525 B Street – Suite 1500
San Diego, California 92101

(619) 736-8910

(844) 735-8360

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court – Northern District of California
  • United States District Court – Southern District of California
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of California


  • Pepperdine School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • San Diego Inn of Court – Trial College
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • University of California – Davis.

Recent Published Works:

  • “The Coming Tide – Social Media Use in Litigation” – American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice.
  • “Working it Out: Mediation in the Workplace” – Fresno County Bar Association, Bar Bulletin

Recent Speeches / Lectures:

  • “Reaching Common Ground – Working with Opposing Counsel to Resolve Employer/ Employee Disputes”- San Diego County Bar Association
  • “Resolving Employment Disputes with Mediation” – Association for Conflict Resolution

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 40 Under 40- The National Advocates
  • Rising Star- Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Top 40 Labor and Employment Lawyers Under 40- American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Best of the Bar- San Diego Business Journal
  • Top Attorney, Labor and Employment Semi-Finalist- San Diego Daily Transcript
  • Outstanding Young Attorney-San Diego Daily Transcript
  • Top Employment Attorney, 10.0 Rating- Avvo
  • Top Business Attorney, 10.0 Rating- Avvo

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Wealth Counsel
  • California Bar
  • San Diego County Bar Association

Community Organizations:

  • Kiwanis
  • Relay for Life
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Veteran’s Village
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Ocean Beach Town Council


LINKS to Published Practice Area Pages:

Business Advice and Counsel:

  • Business Strategy
  • Sole Proprietor
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Limited Liability Company
  • C-Corporation
  • S-Corporation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Nonprofit Corporation
  • Tax Exempt Corporation
  • Public Benefit Corporation
  • Social Purpose Corporation
  • Securities
  • Stock Option Plans
  • Assignment, Delegation, Subordination Contracts
  • Business Loan Contracts
  • Confidentiality
  • Nondisclosure
  • Non-compete
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Internet Business
  • Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Leasing
  • Business Purchase or Sale

Labor and Employment Advice and Counsel:

  • Business Strategy
  • Organizational Structure
  • Employee Policies
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Plans
  • Liability Audits
  • Training
  • Investigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
  • Fair Employment Housing and Housing Act (FEHA) including age, physical or mental disability, workplace accommodations, interactive process, medical condition, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status
  • Sexual Harassment.
  • Minimum wage
  • Tips
  • Meal and Lodging Credits
  • Discretionary Bonuses and Payments to Certain Benefit Plans
  • Benefit Plan Contributions
  • Stock Options and Equity Devices
  • Premium Pay for Overtime
  • Compensatory Time Off
  • Meal Periods and Rest Periods
  • Waiting Time
  • On-Call Time
  • Sleeping Time
  • Travel Time
  • Training Time
  • Exemptions from Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
  • Outside Salespersons
  • Commissioned Salespersons
  • Salaried Employees
  • Child Labor
  • Wage Deductions
  • Wage Garnishments
  • Vacations
  • Sick Leave
  • Holidays
  • Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Employee and Employer Notices
  • Medical Certification
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Reinstatement
  • Using Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)
  • Email
  • Voicemail
  • Workplace Searches
  • Medical and Physical Examinations
  • Drug Testing
  • Hiring
  • Firing

John’s Personal BIO:

image of Central Coast of CaliforniaJohn was born and raised in a small farming community, on the Central Coast of California. He comes from a long line of small business owners. His grandparents were small business owners. His Dad gave commercial loans to small businesses to help them grow.

John started his career representing big business. But, he opened McCarthy Law to help small business owners compete in this complex world. He loves rolling up his sleeves and helping people build the businesses they have always dreamed of. When he’s not helping people build better businesses, he’s spending time with his friends and family, doing community service, spending time in nature, obsessively following the San Francisco Giants, playing the guitar, or brewing beer.

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