Craig R. McClellan

Craig McClellan has obtained more than 115 verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars, and 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. He is the first and only personal injury attorney in San Diego selected for admission to the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invitation-only group of top plaintiff's attorneys, limited to 100 members nationwide. One of his final arguments is featured in Million Dollar Arguments.

Associations & Memberships

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. He is also a Master of the American Inns of Court, and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Craig has the distinction of being voted by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America, as well as a top 10 "Super Lawyer" for San Diego. In addition to these recognitions, Craig earned a 10/10 "Superb" Avvo rating and was named one of 2015's Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

Public Appearences

He has appeared on public radio and television programs, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, and the McNeil-Lehrer Report. One of his cases is featured in No Contest by Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith. 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.

Education & Early Career

He began his practice of law with Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, eventually starting his own firm, now known as The McClellan Law Firm. He was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from California Western School of Law.

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Areas of Practice

  • Serious Injury or Death
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Claims Practices
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude - 1976
    • Honors: Editor-in-Chief, California Western Law Review
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1969

Published Works

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer, 2014
  • 10/10 "Superb" Avvo Rating
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2014
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Diego, 2012, 2014 & 2019
  • Three-time Recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award Winner, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Recipient
  • Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Profiled in American Lawyer Magazine
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country
  • Named to Super Lawyers, Top 10 in San Diego
  • Named one of the Best Attorneys in the Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times
  • Recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity and Professionalism
  • 2015 Top Lawyer in San Diego for Business Litigation, by San Diego Magazine
  • Modern Luxury San Diego Men of Vision

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Board of Directors (1983 - 1990)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, Master
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors (2005 - 2007)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Sustaining Member, Board of Directors (1985 -1987)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Member, Board of Directors (1983 -1990), Officer (1987 -1988)
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • American Society of Legal Advocates

Past Employment Positions

  • Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, Partner, 1976 - 1986
  • Oil Policy Subcommittee Cost of Living Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C., Director, 1972 - 1973
  • United States Marine Corps, Captain, 1969 - 1972


  • “We do not quite know how to verbalize or show how grateful we are to have had the distinct honor to have you represent us at truly the most critical time in our lives.”

    - S.C.

  • “Your appearance on the nation-wide broadcast of ‘60 Minutes’ was a public service in which all San Diego has reason to take great pride. To integrity—you have added public service and again elevated my opinion of the legal profession.”

    - Juror

  • “Immediately after our interview we knew without question that no matter how steep the mountain, win or lose, we had found the right person—Craig McClellan, Esq.—[…] We felt a profound sense of peacefulness whenever we came into the office, and we knew that you were protecting our interests at all time.”

    - G.P.

  • “We will NEVER forget what you did for us Craig. We are FOREVER GRATEFUL.”

    - K.V.

  • “It was a real honor to preside over a case with you as counsel. In my mind you represent all that is good in our profession.”

    - Judge J.

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