Board of Directors
John Girardi ’65
John Girardi is a trial lawyer who has represented the interests of plaintiffs for over four decades and has tried over 100 civil jury and non-jury matters, representing the interests of individuals or businesses that have suffered a loss at the hands of another. He specializes in pharmaceutical litigation, employment, product liability including automobile design, government entity liability, negligence matters and class actions.
Girardi has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Loyola Law School where he serves on the Board of Overseers, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Southern California SuperLawyers since 2006 by Los Angeles Magazine and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California in the area of personal injury. He has also been nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He has been recognized for his work as a volunteer mediator by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He has received the Cahalan Award as an alumnus of his high school, Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and is Chairman of that school’s Sesquicentennial celebration committee. He has also served as Vice President of the high school’s Alumni Association and on his graduation in 1965 was the recipient of the Loyola Award. Girardi is one of the founding Board members of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School. He also serves as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation, Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of Loyola Productions, Inc., is Board Secretary of the Pacific Institute for Community Organization and, since 2014, has served on the Board of Save the Children Action Network, a national organization advocating on behalf of children’s issues. Girardi is involved with several other Boards while maintaining a full-time practice of law. He is also a co-host of the nationally syndicated ABC radio program, The LawBusiness Insider.
Girardi and his wife, Denise, have two sons, Patrick, who is the Director of Player Personnel of the UCLA football staff and Vincent, a season ticket representative for the Denver Nuggets basketball team.