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Richard E. McCarthy

Richard E. McCarthy

(t) 619.231.0303
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Mr. McCarthy represents clients in the area of construction law and business litigation. He has successfully prosecuted and defended multi-million dollar business disputes and construction claims. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles and is a magna cum laude graduate of the McGeorge School of Law.

  • Lead trial counsel in a six-week jury trial resulting in a unanimous verdict and a 100 percent recovery via a $4.6 million judgment in favor of a general contractor who built a 21-story high-rise, while completely defeating the $16 million cross-complaint by the developer, along with the developer’s additional claim for punitive damages
  • Successfully prosecuted a multi-million dollar construction claim against an Indian tribe arising out of the construction of an Indian casino
  • Successfully obtained a $22 million Superior Court judgment on behalf of developers against their lenders for wrongful cancellation of construction loans
  • Obtained a finding of fraud against a foreign country in Federal Court, overcoming a claim of sovereign immunity
  • Successfully defended a fraud and breach of contract claim arising out of the sale of a travel agency chain
  • Successfully prosecuted a bad faith claim involving a multi-million dollar judgment where the insurance carrier wrongfully denied coverage
  • Represented plaintiffs and obtained a unique settlement in a libel claim against a major league baseball team and its general manager
  • Successfully defended a $6 million defamation claim before a jury arising from a major construction project
  • Successfully prosecuted a claim by a subcontractor against a shipbuilder working on Navy projects for failure to timely pay contract amounts
  • Represented contractor in multi-million dollar claim arising out of design and construction of cogeneration plants
  • Successfully defended beverage manufacturer against a claim by a terminated distributor raising a claim as an alleged franchisee
  • McGeorge School of Law, magna cum laude, 1982
  • UCLA, B.A., cum laude, 1979
  • International Law and Jurisprudence at Salzburg University, Austria, 1980
  • Member of the California State Bar Association
  • Member of the San Diego County Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated since 1992
  • San Diego Super Lawyers® – Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, 2007-2016
  • AV Top Rated Lawyers® – Construction
  • AV Top Rated Lawyers® – Business Litigation
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego® – Business Litigation, 2018
  • Member of the Order of the Coif
  • Member of the 1981 U.S. National Championship Team in the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition
  • Member of Business Counsel, Inc.’s Board of Directors, a network of law firms based in the U.S. and abroad focused on providing high quality legal services to the corporate business community