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John McLeod


Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Construction and Real Estate Development
  • Counseling and Litigation


John McLeod is a widely-recognized attorney who has recovered billions of dollars for organizations and high net worth individuals from insurance companies and related groups. In his 25-years of experience, Mr. McLeod has had the privilege of working on some of the most high-profile real estate development projects in the country.

In each and every case, John brings a powerful combination of assertiveness, credibility and likability, winning him the trust and respect of clients and those who he goes up against. From developers to general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, manufacturers, hotels, pharmaceuticals, tech companies and others across the country and even internationally. John has been recognized by his peers, including being recognized as a Top Attorney in 2015 and as a Super Lawyer in 2020. In addition to his insurance coverage practice, John handles matters in a variety of other legal fields, such as professional errors and omissions, construction and real estate development, and counseling and litigation.


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: College of Honors
    • Major: Economics/Int’l Area Studies


  • Top Attorneys in San Diego, 2015, San Diego Daily Transcript
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, 2020 - 2023

Classes & Seminars

  • May 15, 2020: “Exclusion Confusion? Finding your way through the forest despite the trees (and other hazards),” West Coast Casualty’s 2020 Construction Defect Seminar
  • October 15, 2019: “Emerging Trends in Construction Defect Claims: Insurance, Construction and SB800 Issues,” San Francisco County Bar Association
  • June 27, 2019: “Construction Defect Claims: A Discussion on Pre-Litigation Requirements, Arbitration v. Litigation, & Developer Insurance,” North County Bar Association (San Diego), Real Estate Section
  • February 28, 2019: “Emerging Trends & Issues in Cyber Insurance.” Knobbe, Martens, Irvine, California
  • September 6, 2017: “Coverage Pitfalls for Additional Insureds: Interplay with SIRs and ‘Other Insurance’ Provisions,” Strafford Webinar
  • November 28, 2016: “Cyber Security and Insurance Coverage,” Knobbe, Martens, Irvine, California
  • September 30, 2015: “The Berkley Deck Collapse: What Have We Learned?,” UC Hastings College of Law Symposium
  • May 15, 2015: “An Update on Privacy Protection Act (Ins. Code 791.13), SIR’s and Indemnity Provisions,” West Coast Casualty’s 2015 Construction Defect Seminar
  • November 18, 2014: “Current Insurance Coverage Issues and What to Do About Them,” San Diego County Bar Association
  • September 18, 2014: “The Plaintiff vs. the Developer: Battle Royale,” MC Consultants’ West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference
  • May 12, 2011: “Tips for Avoiding the ‘Perfect Storm’ in the Handling of Wrap Claims,” West Coast Casualty’s 2011 Construction Defect Seminar
  • May 25, 2010: “Insurance Coverage for Construction: Five Things You Should Know About Self-Insured Retentions (SIRs),” San Diego County Bar Association
  • September 18, 2009: “California Coverage Issues and Current Trends,” MC Consultants’ West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference

Current Employment Position

  • Founder and President