john sheehan, los angeles accident lawyer
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Get To Know Los Angeles Injury Attorney John Sheehan

I am the managing attorney for the Los Angeles office of The Barnes Firm, one of the largest personal injury law firms in the nation. I began practice following my graduation from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1987, and spent much of the early stages of my career as an attorney working with Steve Barnes at Cellino & Barnes. As a personal injury victims advocate, I relish the opportunity to zealously represent my clients whose lives have been adversely affected by the carelessness of others.

I have prosecuted cases in California and New York against some of the country’s biggest companies and insurance carriers, including a case in which we successfully recovered a settlement for the family of a pedestrian struck by a Buffalo, NY snow plow operator. Today, I appreciate my role as my clients’ champion in California, where they often face a similar “David versus Goliath” confrontation in their personal injury claim.

I have found that success is dependent on 1) a focused, positive attitude, 2) disciplined preparation and 3) the relentless pursuit of the desired goal. I approach the practice of law with these principles in mind. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, whether to exercise or simply take in nature.

Toss up between The Water Grill (DT LA) for fabulous seafood and Otium on Grand, a contemporary restaurant with a very hip LA vibe and terrific culinary offerings from chef Timothy Hollingsworth.  My wife Donna Lee and I went there for our anniversary in 2018 and enjoyed grilled salmon head, fish cheeks are some of the most delicate and flavorful parts of a fish, most delicate since they are not a locomotion muscle.

Everything.  I have always been a morning person, it’s the best time of the day.  I prefer to be  monumentally busy whether I’m engaged in work, chores, recreational pursuits or social engagements.  I like to get up and get after it regardless of the activity.

Silly things most of all, but always my own foibles and short comings that keep me humble and remind me of my invariably flawed humanity.

The underappreciated value of kindness in our everyday lives as we hustle and bustle about.  Life is hard, often as hard as a room full of sharp cornered coffee tables for a wee little toddler whose forehead seems destined to find everyone of those sharp corners often right between the eyes.  Kindness could change our approach, our priorities and what we prioritize in all of our interactions on every level from familial to community to more global interrelations.

My efforts to be an honorable man, despite my failures in that pursuit.  I have been blessed with a good family, good friends and gifts and talents that have enabled me to move forward in my life but none of my achievements or accomplishments are really mine to claim as my own.  I have been and continued to be blessed every day so my duty and ambition is to be an honorable man, decent and kind to everyone.

No.  There are many wild places I would like to visit, to hike, to venture into, to experience.  Cities reflect man’s accomplishments but the wonders of nature reflect God’s creative genius.

The best way is to email me at or call our phone line at (800) 800-0000.