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John W. Melvin

John W. Melvin

San Diego, California
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John W. Melvin is an associate at Campbell, Lauter & Murphy. He graduated from Emory University in 1998, completing majors in both Philosophy and Religion. He returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he served on Law Review and Student Court, and won the prestigious Henry A. Morrill Prize in Constitutional Law. After completing his third year as a visiting student at the University of San Diego School of Law, John was admitted to the California Bar in 2002.

John is primarily skilled in property litigation, covering a wide range of cases from construction defects to view disputes to toxic contamination. He has conducted hundreds of successful mediations on matters throughout California. John's driving goals are to (1) protect property owners' rights to the free use and enjoyment of their property, and (2) to protect the reputation and financial solvency of licensed contractors from potentially career ending (and often unmeritorious) "construction defect" lawsuits. He represents home and business owners in both plaintiff and defense capacities, and defends contractors in both general counsel and insurance defense capacities.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Litigation
  • Environmental & Toxic Torts
  • Property Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Law Review: University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Emory University
    • Major: Philosophy and Religion
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