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Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 740 - 1600
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Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 315 - 1635
FAX (415) 315 - 1636
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Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 546-1122
FAX (858) 546-1188
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Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3489
(602) 952 - 9140
FAX (602) 952 - 9141
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Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 866 - 6606
FAX (702) 866 - 6626

Associates

The bios of each of our associates are below:

 

J. Douglas Caffarel

Douglas Caffarel is an associate at Campbell, Lauter & Murphy.  Mr. Caffarel was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He has lived in San Diego since 1987.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in 1984 with a Major in History and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola of New Orleans in 1987.  He has been a member of the California Bar since 1988 and is licensed to practice before the Southern and Central Federal Districts.  He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Mr. Caffarel has extensive experience in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties.  He is an experienced defense litigator in all areas of personal injury practice.  As an associate with the firm of Brennan, Collins & Machado, he was responsible for the management, preparation, and final arbitration of two of the largest dollar value amount cases in that firm's history.  One case involved a plaintiff who had claimed an aggravation of a degenerative arthritic joint and hip condition as a result of an automobile accident.  The second, and more intricate case, involved the wrongful death claim of a widow who witnessed the death of her husband in an automobile accident.  Mr. Caffarel also has experience in claims involving elder abuse and professional negligence.  Other areas in which he is experienced include construction defect, products liability and commercial litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation and intellectual property.

Areas of practice:
Basic & complex personal injury
Construction defect
Products liability
Commercial litigation
Insurance coverage and bad faith litigation
Intellectual property
Invasion of privacy cases

Professional associations and/or achievements:
State Bar of California
San Diego Bar County Association

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Jon H. Van de Grift

Jon H. Van de Grift is an Associate at Campbell, Lauter & Murphy.  He brings a broad background in science, humanities, business, and real estate to the practice of law at Campbell, Volk & Lauter.  Following his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to complete a Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.  During this time, he also earned degrees in both Greek and Latin (magna cum laude) at the New York University Graduate Center/Brooklyn College, and was awarded Scholarships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship for his studies at the University of Rome (Italy).

With his facility in Italian, French and German, Mr. Van de Grift conducted doctoral research throughout Western Europe for two years.  Following his academic career in Columbia University's Humanities Core Curriculum and School of the Arts, Mr. Van de Grift entered the business world of Marketing & Communications in both New York and San Diego.  He holds licenses as a California Real Estate Broker and a State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser.

Mr. Van de Grift received his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1996.  In the same year, he was admitted to the California State Bar and to the Central and Southern District Federal Courts.  Mr. Van de Grift joins Campbell, Volk & Lauter after five years of a general civil litigation practice with the firm of Kring & Brown.  At Campbell, Volk & Lauter, Mr. Van de Grift practices in Intellectual Property Defense, Personal Injury, Business and Construction Defect Defense.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.

Mr. Van de Grift has handled both bench and jury trials, and prides himself on great success with conducting discovery, and the drafting of effective dispositive and discovery motions that avoid costly litigation.  Recently, through such motions as well as through settlement, Mr. Van de Grift was instrumental in the reduction of 18 consolidated civil cases brought against a business entity to only two that went to trial.  Mr. Van de Grift has resided in San Diego since 1987 with his wife Sharon, and children Jacob, Jenna and Sean.

Areas of practice:
General civil litigation
Intellectual property defense
Personal injury
Business defense
Construction defect

Professional associations and/or achievements:
American Bar Association
State Bar of California
San Diego Bar County Association
California Real Estate Broker
State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser

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John W. Melvin

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

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