#1: Craig R. McClellan, Esq., counsel for the plaintiff

Season #1

Welcome to the Masters in Trial™ podcast, where I talk with top ABOTA plaintiff and defense trial lawyers about what works, and what doesn't work when trying a case to a jury.

In episode #1, I talk with outstanding plaintiff's lawyer Craig R. McClellan, Esq. Thanks for joining me!

Guest Resume: Craig R. McClellan, Esq. 

Craig McClellan has obtained more than 145 verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars each. He is a three-time recipient of the "Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award" from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for cases in which million and multi-million-dollar verdicts were obtained. His settlements and verdicts are frequently in the top 50 for the United States and California. One of his final arguments is featured in Million Dollar Arguments.

Craig is the first and only San Diego attorney selected for admission to the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, where he served as President of the San Diego Chapter. Craig has the distinction of being voted by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America and its San Diego “Lawyer of the Year” five times, as well as a top 10 "Super Lawyer" for San Diego, having been ranked the number one attorney of all San Diego lawyers in 2019. In addition to these recognitions, Craig was inducted into the San Diego Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2021 and the Lawdragon Hall of Fame in 2022.

He has appeared on public radio and television programs, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, the CBS Evening News and the McNeil-Lehrer Report.

Craig has focused his career on complex, high stakes litigation. His cases include catastrophic personal injury and product liability cases as well as business and intellectual property litigation. He began his practice of law with Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, eventually starting his own firm, now known as The McClellan Law Firm.

Guest contact information:
Phone: (619) 231-0505
Email: [email protected] 
Website: https://www.mcclellanlaw.com  

Host Resume: Monty A. McIntyre, Esq. 

Monty (1) helps settle disputes and lawsuits as a mediator, arbitrator and referee with ADR Services, Inc. (to schedule a matter contact Haward Cho, [email protected], (619) 233-1323), and  
(2) mentors lawyers to become excellent civil trial lawyers, and mentors law firm associates to quickly become excellent and productive law firm members with Master Lawyer Mentoring (call or email Monty for these services).

Monty has been a California civil trial lawyer since December of 1980, and a member of the Amercian Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1995. He has tried over 100 civil cases, representing plaintiffs and defendants in business, employment, insurance, real property and tort litigation. Monty has recovered over $50 million in judgments and settlements for plaintiff clients, and has recovered numerous defense verdicts, summary judgments, and favorable settlements for defendant clients. He is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA, a Master in the Enright Inn of Court, a recipient of two Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards, and a past member of the ABOTA National Board of Directors, National Conference of Bar Presidents, ABA House of Delegates, and the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.

Host contact information:
Phone: (619) 990-4312
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://montymcintyre.mykajabi.com 

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Do well and be well, 


Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
(619) 990-4312 | [email protected]
Master Lawyer Mentoring™
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee at ADR Services, Inc.
California Case Summaries™