John P. Pollock
John Pollock joined the firm as a named principal in 1980. In his practice, which spans more than fifty years, he has devoted most of his time as a trial lawyer, both in the state and the federal courts, both in jury and non-jury cases.
John has argued cases in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. His practice has concentrated in the fields of land use and inverse condemnation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. John has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for more than thirty years. Now, as a semi-retired attorney, he continues to represent clients that have retained him over the years. Today, much of his practice is in the field of estate planning and probate and acting as trustee of probate trusts.
John has always been active in the organized bar. He has served on more than ten committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was a Trustee for three years. He was chairman of the Federal Courts Committee and the Litigation Section. At the State Bar level, he was a long time member of the Committee on Administration of Justice, and also served as chairman of the Federal Courts Committee.
John has had a lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America. As a youth in Sacramento, he was an Eagle Scout. As an adult, he has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout award, and the Silver Antelope award. He has served on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Area Council for more than 50 years, and in 1971 was its President.
For the past 30 years John has been the President of The Fletcher Jones Foundation, a grant-making foundation which provides financial support to the private colleges and universities of California. He is also a Trustee of the Good Hope Medical Foundation, which supports the hospitals of the Los Angeles area.
Areas of Practice
- Litigation and Estate Planning
- California, 1949
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1949
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1954
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 1948
- Stanford University, Stanford, California
- B.A. - 1942
- Federal Civil Practice (Co-Author), Continuing Education of the Bar, 1961
- When is an Engineering Geologist Liable, 1966
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Chancery Club, President, 1967 - 1968
- Pacific Legal Foundation, Trustee, 1984 - 1991
- State Bar of California, Vice Chairman, Committee on Federal Courts, 1962 - 1963
- Los Angeles County Bar, Trustee, 1964 - 1966
- Chairman, Section of Trial Lawyers, 1969 - 1970
- Chairman, Committee on Superior Courts, 1970 - 1971
- American Bar Association, Member