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John T. Richards Esq.

John T.Richards, is an award winning civil litigator, who represents his clients across entire spectrum of the civil law, and especially as a Fire and Flood Attorney in Santa Barbara and San Diego to the victims of recent Thomas Fire and Mudslides that followed.

John begins his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. Attends and graduates California Western School of Law in two years under the accelerated program as the youngest member of his class at the age of 23. As a result Mr. Richards is admitted to the California bar on October 6, 1992 at age of 24 years old. Consequently, John T. Richards represents injured Plaintiffs exclusively for 24 years in cases including:

John handled over 350 civil cases from settlement to Motion for Summary Judgment to Verdict to Appeals and at least 25 jury trials to verdict as the primary attorney, including work as a Fire and Flood Attorney.

Broad Representation

John T. Richards focuses his practice on representing the needs of the injured, the victims of fire and flood, and children whose rights are not adequately protected under California Law. Most noteworthy and gratifying part of his practice is the work he has done on behalf of children by successfully winning a verdict and furthermore changing the law at the Court of Appeal to strengthen the laws that protects our children.

Landmark Cases

In addition, John creates new law at the Court of Appeals Level in the case of Lawson v. Superior Court (2010) 180 Cal.App.4th 1372, where he represents 3 mothers and their 3 infant children in a Civil Rights Case against a private prison who failed to provide adequate medical care for children housed with their mothers while imprisoned. The California Department of Corrections and Center Point took position that they owed no duty to provide medical care to these children while incarcerated. After listening to Mr. Richards argument, the Fourth District agreed with the position taken by John T. Richards which consequently created a duty that provides medical care to children in the prison system.

Verdicts Won

Mr. Richards obtains a $3.9 Million verdict for a man who was severely injured while fixing a train derailment. The case was rejected by most FELA firms in Los Angeles because the worker was not directly employed by the Railroad, and FELA did not appear to apply in this case. John argues the case under the theory that worker was a “borrowed servant”. As a result, the Fourth District upheld the verdict and in a published opinion underscored that non-railroad employees may file suit against the Railroad under the FELA if they can prove that they are “Borrowed Servant” under the FELA. Collins v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 867

Prestigious Awards

John's ability to skillfully argue the case have resulted in a prestigious Outstanding Trial Lawyer award, presented to John T.Richards by Consumer Attorneys in October of 2014. This time it was for a $2.85 million judgment John T. Richards obtained for a father whose son was kidnapped from the Escondido Union School District and taken to Mexico.

Because of this case, John T. Richards is credited with promoting a change in policies and procedures in all California School Districts, while having a lasting, statewide, positive effect on the safety of children in our schools.
-Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 10/17/2014
Evan Willis

Evan Willis Esq.



101 W. Broadway, Suite 1950
San Diego, CA 92101
P: (619) 237-9800
F. (619) 237-9981


Evan focuses his practice on Plaintiff's Civil litigation, primarily with causes of action against state or governmental agencies. He currently practices in the areas of consumer protection, personal injury, products liability, insurance bad faith, inverse condemnation, mass torts, and negligence. Specifically, Evan has experience analyzing complex issues arising from mass torts and disasters. Evan works hard devoting himself to achieve the best results for his clients.

Pro Bono and Volunteer work includes being a recognized volunteer associate at the University of Arizona Disability Resource Center, being a mentor for A.I.M "Achieve. Inspire. Motivate.” San Diego State University Undergraduates to Law School transition, and volunteering and donating to the Fund For Justice Community Outreach Committee in San Diego.


  • University of Arizona (Bachelors of Science)


  • The Torture Warrant: The Need For An Accountable Approach. Copyright: The University of Arizona. 2012.
  • The Contemporary Human Cloning Law and Debate. Copyright: Institute of Health Law Studies, Bulletin of Health Law and Policy. 2014.


  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • San Diego County Bar Association

Nick Nicoles

Larry “Nick” Nicholes | Case Investigator and Client Interests Advocate

P: (951) 529-9826


Larry “Nick” Nicholes has over 30 years of Investigative Experience. He is a native of Beatrice, Nebraska and is a proud Army Veteran having served as a Medic in the Vietnam War. His experience also includes his tenure with the Southern Pacific Railroad where he worked as a Conductor, Yardmaster, and performed a number of other duties. When Nick suffered a career ending injury with the Southern Pacific he was recruited by a law firm to take over their investigative department where he worked with individuals who may have been injured, had bad faith insurance claims, or had been wronged by another entity. He specializes in accident reconstruction and works diligently with clients to make certain their interests are protected.

Nick makes his home in Upland, California with his wife and their two adoring beagle puppies. His hobbies include camping, competitive shooting and assisting other Veterans with obtaining their military benefits.

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