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John Upton

Associate Attorney

John Upton

John M. Upton is the head of the firm's law and motion and appellate advocacy department. He regularly represents the firm's clients in high-stakes motions, appeals, and writs in California's superior and appellate courts.

John graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was the recipient of the USD School of Law Merit Scholarship. He studied International and European Communities Law at the Institute of International and Comparative Law, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Mr. Upton graduated cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics.

Having handled hundreds of significant personal injury cases from intake through resolution, John brings his valuable insight and experience litigating a wide variety of plaintiff's claims, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, premises liability claims, and medical negligence actions. John has moderated and spoken on numerous panels with judges, arbitrators, mediators, and other legal practitioners on topics related to pre-trial motions, trail motions, and appellate practice.

John is licensed to practice law before all courts in the State of California. He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorney of California.

Some of John's recent Appellate Court decisions:

Walker v. City of Victorville, No. E076679, 2023 WL 2857067 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 10, 2023), review denied (July 12, 2023)

Walker v. Viveros, No. E077215, 2023 WL 2857068 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 10, 2023)

Summary judgments in favor of City and homeowners defendants were reversed in a wrongful death case arising out a defective sidewalk.

Brown v. Beach House Design & Dev., 85 Cal. App. 5th 516, 301 Cal. Rptr. 3d 260 (2022), as modified (Nov. 21, 2022), review denied (Feb. 22, 2023)

Summary judgment in favor of a general contractor defendant reversed in a case where the plaintiff fell from a scaffolding at a construction site.

Armstrong v. Burnstan, No. D074386, 2020 WL 6129620, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 19, 2020)

Motion granting new trial based on juror misconduct affirmed.

Some of John's recent Superior Court victories:

Adams v. Redlands Unified School District

Summary judgment was denied in a case involving a fall from a defective staircase in a school auditorium.

Arias v. City of Los Angeles

The City's Motion for Summary Judgment denied in a case involving a fall from a Bird scooter caused by a displaced crack in a city sidewalk.

Benitez Perez v. Olivarez

The defendant's Motion for Summary Adjudication was denied in a case involving a disputed cancellation of Plaintiff's liability insurance coverage.

Benitez Perez v. Olivarez, et al.

The defendant's summary adjudication motion was denied in disputed Proposition 213 case.

Blanco Ortiz v. National General

An insurance company's Motion for Summary Judgment denied in insurance bad faith case arising out of an auto v. semi-truck case.

Crawford v. Xacala

A motion for summary judgment was denied in a case featuring a dispute over whether the defendant driver was in the course and scope of her agency at the time of the accident.

Demirelli v. Darden Restaurants

A restaurant's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in a case where a severely intoxicated patron was forced to leave the establishment and was severely injured in a fall shortly thereafter.

Godinez v. Nationwide

An insurance company's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in an insurance bad faith case stemming from a motor vehicle accident.

Guerrero v. City of La Verne

Summary judgment was denied in a case where a limb fell from a tree in a city park and struck the minor plaintiff.

Jane Doe v. LDS Church      

Summary judgment was denied in a case where the plaintiff alleged that a negligent undertaking by church officials resulted in the plaintiff suffering further sexual abuse by her stepfather.

Manukyan v. City of Los Angeles, et al.

The City's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in a sidewalk trip and fall case.

Martine v. Moulthrop

Summary judgment was denied in an auto v. bicycle accident in a case where the defendant argued that the plaintiff had assumed the risk of being injured during a recreational bike ride.

Ordonez v. Gebruder Weiss, Inc., et al.

A staffing agency's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in a case involving a forklift operator placed on temporary assignment at a warehouse.

Potenga v. Cynergy Cycles

A repair shop's summary judgment motion was denied in a runaway bicycle case involving a dispute over a coaster brake.

Shaheen v. Sun Buggie Fun Rentals, Inc., et al.

Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication motions were denied in an ATV rollover case in which the plaintiff became paralyzed.

Sim v. State of California, et al.

Summary judgment denied in an offset head-on collision case in a construction zone.

Suarez v. 2000 Gold Limited Partnership, et al.

A property owner's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in a case where a forklift rolled off of a loading dock, pinning the operator beneath it.

Xu v. Yu

A business owner's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied in a single-vehicle crash in which the dispute centered on whether the driver was in the course and scope of his employment as he was transporting co-workers in a personal vehicle.


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