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John B. Campbell

John B. Campbell

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San Diego, California
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John B. Campbell is the Senior Partner and founder of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy. Mr. Campbell is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive experience in commercial litigation and insurance defense matters. He was born in Boston, MA in 1948, and is licensed to practice law in the states of California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Mr. Campbell has been admitted to practice before all of the Federal Courts in California and Nevada; he has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Campbell graduated from Harvard University, with a degree in Psychology in 1970. He received his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School in 1973.

From 1973-1977, Mr. Campbell served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy JAG Corps, specializing in criminal litigation. While serving first with the Marine Corps in Southeast Asia and then with the Navy in San Diego, Mr. Campbell prosecuted and defended over 150 general and special court-martials that were tried to completion.

In civil practice, Mr. Campbell has tried over 30 jury trials. Many of those trials involved millions of dollars of exposure. Mr. Campbell has also handled hundreds of binding and non-binding arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Before forming Campbell, Lauter & Murphy, Mr. Campbell was a founding partner of the San Diego firm of Hughes & Campbell (1983-1990). Before that, Mr. Campbell was an attorney with the commercial litigation firm of Sullivan & Jones (1977-1983); Mr. Campbell was a Partner in that firm for his last three years. Since 1978, Mr. Campbell has become skilled in the handling of professional malpractice cases, high-exposure catastrophic injury cases, construction defect cases, insurance bad faith, subrogation and declaratory relief cases, and other complex litigation. He has also been involved in complex civil lawsuits involving antitrust and breach of contract issues.

Mr. Campbell also practices in the area of intellectual property disputes - including, but not limited to, patent infringement claims. Mr. Campbell now handles such claims for two national insurance carriers in Southern California.

Trial experience:

As noted above, Mr. Campbell has tried over 30 civil jury trials since his release from active duty as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy JAG Corps. Those trials have involved commercial litigation; multi-million dollar personal injury claims; professional malpractice claims (defending both lawyers and healthcare professionals); and construction defect/construction contract cases. The combined exposures of those trials are well in excess of $200,000,000.

This past year, Mr. Campbell has tried two large personal injury cases - where the damages that were argued/requested by counsel for plaintiffs in each of those two jury trials were between $5,000,000-$10,000,000. Both trials (Hillyer and Carlson) resulted in "defense wins" - in that the jury returned verdicts ($325,000 in Hillyer; $1,100,000 in Carlson) that were almost exactly what had been offered by Mr. Campbell to plaintiffs' counsel before trial.

Publications/seminars/business experience:
Mr. Campbell has conducted many seminars as an expert for the National Business Institute (NBI) in San Diego. He frequently gives presentations to various groups in San Diego concerning construction litigation. Mr. Campbell is also an officer and/or director of numerous small companies in San Diego to whom he provides advice.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil Lawsuits
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
  • High-Exposure Catastrophic Injury Cases
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction Defect Cases
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Subrogation and Declaratory Relief
  • Antitrust and Breach of Contract
  • Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1973
  • California, 1976
  • Massachusetts, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B. - 1970
    • Major: Psychology

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Industrial Indemnity
  • Insurance Company of the West
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance
  • State Farm Fire & Casualty


  • Union Bank


  • National Business Institute (NBI) in San Diego
  • San Diego Concerning Construction Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Rated "AV" (Very High to Pre-eminent Legal Ability and Ethics) from Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (A.B.O.T.A.), Associate
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Southern California Defense Lawyers
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • State Bar of Massachusetts, Member
  • State Bar of Rhode Island, Member
  • San Diego Building Industry Association, Member
  • San Diego County Associated General Contractors, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Navy JAG Corps, Lieutenant, 1973 - 1977
  • Hughes & Campbell, Founding Partner, 1983 - 1990
  • Sullivan & Jones, 1977 - 1983
Other Offices

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy
5040 Shoreham Place, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92122

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