Providing clients with sound strategic advice and skilled representation before state and federal courts in California and across the United States since 1978.
The Brydon firm has developed long-standing client relationships through the delivery of personalized, innovative and cost-effective legal services. In today’s world, the firm protects the interests of clients with a multi-faceted strategy that includes counseling clients in litigation avoidance, utilizing effective dispute resolution techniques and, when necessary, aggressively pursuing litigation to trial. The firm has a history of developing comprehensive litigation strategies in close consultation with its clients.
We have extensive trial and litigation experience usually found only in much larger firms. This includes courtroom experience and jury verdicts in hundreds of trials. As trial counsel, the firm has successfully taken cases to jury verdict in most fields of civil litigation, including complex products liability claims, professional negligence claims (legal, medical and dental), insurance coverage matters, personal injury matters, and insurance bad faith lawsuits
The practice is national in scope and has successfully managed jury trials all over the United States.
The firm offers state of the art litigation and provides the highest quality legal services, while maintaining the personal relationships and accountability found only in a specialized firm environment where long term relationship are prized and where the client always comes first.
- Toxic Torts
- Expert Witness
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
- Environmental Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Insurance & Bad Faith
- John R. Brydon
- (415) 425 5191
With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Brydon has successfully defended and tried to verdict scores of multi-million dollar complex personal injury, product liability, insurance coverage and bad faith trials throughout California, including cases involving issues of punitive damage exposure for major corporate and insurer defendants. He has been included on the national trial teams of several corporate clients and has been admitted pro hac vice as trial counsel in multiple jurisdictions.
Mr. Brydon has also successfully argued cases before the California Courts of Appeal, State Supreme Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Brydon successfully argued the case of Buss v. Superior Court (1997) 16 Cal. 4th 35, a nationally recognized decision that extends to insurance companies a right to seek reimbursement for defense costs expended to defend non-covered claims asserted against policyholders. In a California Supreme Court decision, PPG Industries, Inc. v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (1999) 20 Cal. 4th 310, he successfully argued for limits on the types of damages recoverable against insurance companies in bad faith cases based on alleged failure to settle within policy limits. An active member of the DRI and Association of Defense Counsel, Mr. Brydon has lectured on topics of defense in bad faith lawsuits, insurance coverage disputes, defense of products liability claims and trial practice. He has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Defense Institute of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.
He received his B.A. from the University of the Pacific in 1972; M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento in 1975, and J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1978, where he was on the editorial board of the Pacific Law Journal (now McGeorge Law Review) and a national finalist in the American College of Trial Lawyers’ mock trial competition.
Bar admissions include 1978, California; 1982, Nevada; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Law Clerk to Hon. James H. Thompson, 2nd Judicial District, State of Nevada, 1981-1982.
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- State Bar of California
- State Bar of Nevada
- American Board of Trial Advocates (1991-Present; Current Rank of Advocate)
- National Board of Trial Advocacy (1993 – Present) (Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice)
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Association of Northern California Defense Counsel (ADC)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Member Executive Board, Primerus Defense Institute, International Society of Primerus Law Firms
- Selected to Super Lawyers (2006-Present.)
- PPG Industries, Inc. v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (1999) 20 Cal 4th 310
- Buss v. Superior Court, (1997) 16 Cal.4th 35
- Burns v. 20th Century Ins. Co. (1992) 9 Cal.App.4th 1666
- Weiss v. Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. (1988) 204 Cal.App.3d 1094
- Skyway Aviation, Inc. v. Troyer (1983) 147 Cal.App.3d 604