John has 26 years of civil litigation experience and has successfully tried cases throughout the state of California with 6 verdicts in the last six years in four different counties. Mr. Shaffery specializes in civil litigation with a focus on the defense of trucking and transportation claims; product liability claims; fire, large loss and catastrophic claims; breach of warranty of habitability claims; toxic torts and employment claims. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in cases involving employment issues, medical devices, factory and aviation machinery and equipment, construction defect, product liability, restaurant equipment, premises liability, property damage, fire/burn cases, subrogation matters, environmental matters and transportation claims. He has argued Appellate matters before the California Courts of Appeal.
John is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and holds an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for his level of skill and ethics. He is a member of the Trucking Insurance Defense Association. He is also a member of Themis Advocates Group – a national association of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized as a California “Super Lawyer” in 2005, 2006 and 2009-2018. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2010 (1100+ members) and was a founding principal and current executive board member of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation.
John is frequently a guest lecturer at national conferences and is the publisher of a monthly newsletter, “The California Tort Defender,” which discusses the current trends and analysis in California tort and products liability litigation.
John received his B.S. in 1982 from the School of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology and is a 1991 graduate of Southwestern University School of Law.
Published Appellate Court Decisions
Thomas A. Bockrath v. Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc, et al.
(1999) 86 Cal. Rptr. 2d 846
Jose Hernandez v. The Superior Court;
(2003) 112 Cal.App.4th 285, 4 Cal.Rptr.3d 883
Fasuyi v. Permatex, Inc.
(2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 681
Maxton vs. Western States Metals
(2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 81