As the CEO of KLINEDINST PC, John D. Klinedinst has achieved substantial success in both the legal and business community. John has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, and has earned a reputation for excellence throughout Southern California.

John focuses his practice on business litigation and trials, including professional liability, business litigation, and intellectual property disputes. John has also been certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has tried dozens of trials in both Federal and State Court and hundreds of arbitrations throughout the state of California.

John, who founded the firm in 1983, is involved with many professional and educational associations in California and across the country. His litigation skills and business background consisting of an M.B.A. in finance and investments and working in commercial lending for several years, provide unique and valuable insight in handling business and securities litigation.

John has been licensed to practice law since 1979.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Recognition and Awards

Speaking Engagements

  • “Jekyll & Hyde - You Don’t Play Golf with the FDIC," Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference (September 23, 2011)
  • Moderator, “Change in the Economy Brings Risk," USLAW Client Conference (October 2010)
  • Moderator, “Lawyers, Accountants, Agents & Brokers, The New Private Bailout Plan for Investment Losses?" USLAW Client Conference (September 2009)
  • "In-House Counsel and Insurance Claims' Criteria for Outside Counsel: A Safe Bet, Penny Ante, or All In?" Panelist, USLAW Client Conference (September 2008)
  • Co-Moderator, "How to Best Use an Expert in Professional Liability Litigation," USLAW Client Conference (October 2007)

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John Klinedinst

Los Angeles, California
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San Diego, California
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Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Practice Areas


Financial Products and Services Litigation

Intellectual Property

Professional Liability

Complex Litigation

Licensed to Practice

California State Courts (1979)

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (1979)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1988)

U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2000)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (2008)


Washington & Lee University (B.A., cum laude, 1971; J.D., 1978)

George Washington University (M.B.A., Finance and Investments, 1975)

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