John P. Pollock

John P. Pollock

In Memoriam
Los Angeles, California

We are saddened by the passing of John Pollock, an exceptional person and lawyer. John Pollock joined the firm as a named principal in 1980. In his practice, which spanned more than fifty years, he 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 argued cases in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. His practice was concentrated in the fields of land use and inverse condemnation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. John was been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for more than thirty years.

John was always active in the organized bar. He 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 had a lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America. As a youth in Sacramento, he was an Eagle Scout. As an adult, he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout award, and the Silver Antelope award. He served on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Area Council for more than 50 years, and in 1971 was its President.

For over 30 years John was the President of The Fletcher Jones Foundation, a grant-making foundation which provides financial support to the private colleges and universities of California. He was 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

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Published Works

  • 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