Practice Areas

First- and third-party insurance, professional malpractice, surety, subrogation, construction, real estate/development, business formation and management, business litigation and general civil litigation


John J. McLeod represents policyholders in a wide variety of insurance claims and programs.  This includes the negotiation and placement of a wide variety of insurance coverages for businesses and high net worth individuals.  It extends to consultation and advice concerning potential coverage for first-party losses, including under property, business risk, contractors pollution, and homeowners policies, as well as third-party claims under virtually every type of third-party policy available in the marketplace.  Mr. McLeod’s representation often includes the litigation of a wide variety of insurance coverage disputes throughout the western United States.  Such litigation, including various forms of alternative dispute resolution, concern numerous different types of policies and coverages, whether form (e.g., ISO or ISO-modified) or manuscripted.  Examples of the types of policies and coverages litigated by Mr. McLeod over more than 20 years of practice include commercial general liability, wrap-ups (OCIP/CCIP), cyber liability, professional liability, contractors pollution liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, differences-in-conditions, workers compensation, business automobile, property, business risk, inland marine, fidelity and fiduciary, among others.  The foregoing advice, consultation and representation provided by Mr. McLeod also includes a variety of risk management and self-insured programs, such as fronting arrangements and high deductible/SIR programs. 

Mr. McLeod provides such insurance-related services to a variety of businesses in a number of different industries.  The construction industry is one in which Mr. McLeod specializes and he represents a wide range of clients such as national and regional homebuilders, general contractors, specialty trades, design professionals and manufacturers and suppliers.  He also provides insurance advice to large homeowners associations and private clubs and member-owned associations. 

Mr. McLeod’s representation of the various members of the building and construction trades extends beyond insurance matters and includes construction contracts, warranty and indemnity agreements, SB800 programs and claims, including alternative protection programs and enhanced protection agreements, and other, similar types of issues.  Mr. McLeod also handles broker malpractice disputes and disputes involving fiduciary relationships, real property litigation, business disputes, and other types of general civil litigation. 

Mr. McLeod represents clients throughout the United States, including with respect to matters in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Speaking Engagements

"California Coverage Issues and Current Trends," September 18, 2009, MC Consultants’ West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference

"Insurance Coverage for Construction: Five Things You Should Know About Self-Insured Retentions (SIRs)," May 25, 2010, San Diego County Bar Association

"Tips for Avoiding the 'Perfect Storm' in the Handling of Wrap Claims," May 12, 2011, West Coast Casualty's 2011 Construction Defect Seminar

"The Plaintiff vs. the Developer: Battle Royale," September 18, 2014, MC Consultants' West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference

"Current Insurance Coverage Issues and What to Do About Them," November 18, 2014, San Diego County Bar Association 

"An Update on Privacy Protection Act (Ins. Code 791.13), SIR's and Indemnity Provisions," May 15, 2015, West Coast Casualty's 2015 Construction Defect Seminar 

"The Berkley Deck Collapse: What Have We Learned?," September 30, 2015, UC Hastings College of Law Symposium


McLeod, J. (2016). Chapter 6: Insurance Considerations. In: Miller, T. et al. eds. (2016) Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, 4th ed. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business through Aspen Publishers.

July 2012 - Co-author, "Risks in Coverage under Another's Policy," Daily Journal.

December 2011 - Co-author, "A New Twist on the Duty to Defend," Daily Journal.


Loyola Law School, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude, Economics, Int'l Area Studies
      College of Honors