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John Derrick is an experienced appellate practitioner who has litigated well over 100 appeals — including 19 resulting in published decisions — and has consulted in countless other matters. Once, John obtained five reversals in quick succession in a 12-month period, a remarkable feat.
John primarily represents private individuals and privately owned businesses. His appellate cases frequently involve partnership and contract disputes, employment law, real estate litigation, and probate and trust matters. But like most appellate specialists, John is a subject matter generalist — so whichever side of an appeal he is on, he can bring his appellate expertise to a wide range of legal issues. He also represents some criminal defendants on appeal.
John is certified as a Specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. He is a 2017 Southern California SuperLawyer, described as “an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice” and given to only five percent of the attorneys in California. John was also the 2014-2015 Chair of the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, and from 2011-2013, he served as Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the Litigation Section of the State Bar. In addition, John is an appointed member of the Second District Court of Appeal’s mediation panel.
John frequently lectures to other lawyers throughout the state on appellate matters and takes part in panel discussions at continuing legal education events. Not long ago, he led a panel at the Appellate Judges Education Institute on the subject of “Cost-Effective Appeals.” He has also taught as a practitioner-advisor in the Berkeley Law Appellate Advocacy program, tutoring some of the nation’s brightest law students in the art of brief writing and oral argument.
John received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (or Berkeley Law, as it has since been renamed). He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics in Britain from the University of Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours, the highest class of undergraduate degree awarded by that university.
Before entering the legal profession, John founded, operated, and sold two specialized information publishing businesses in the United States and United Kingdom, one of which was acquired by one of the world’s largest publishers. He combined the role of publisher and editor, making it his mission to present complex analysis and data in as readable a style as possible. During his business years, he took a year out to serve as Special Adviser to the Energy Secretary in the British Cabinet.