John Panish – A Personal Injury Attorney Who Takes the Field to Win
As a football player, his focus was always on winning on the field. When it came to law, he brought that same discipline and drive to the courtroom.
John Shaller is a trial attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, where he handles catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases in both state and federal courts. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and recognized as a Southern California Rising Star since 2015.
Early Life and Education
John Panish has always had a passion for helping others. He has dedicated his career to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases and is actively involved in fundraising events for charities close to his heart, such as the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Public Counsel and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
He was recognized by his alma mater for his philanthropic efforts, having spearheaded a $7.2 million stadium and football field in Bellflower that will open before the 2018 season. A special ceremony honoring him was held at the Braves Gala on April 28 – it was the biggest event of its kind in school history with over 350 guests in attendance.
Panish has always had a competitive spirit and this drive led him to play and coach football throughout his college career at California State University, Fresno. For his dedication and outstanding athletic abilities, he earned both the Scholar Athlete Award and Athletic Director’s Award during his time there. Today, Panish applies these same attributes in the courtroom where his determination has yielded billions in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
His passion for helping others doesn’t end in the courtroom; he also devotes himself to fundraising activities that support a range of worthwhile causes. He serves on the boards of directors for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Public Counsel and other nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, he is an ardent philanthropist and lead donor at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.
Achievements and Honors
John Panish is a renowned trial attorney, lawyer and entrepreneur whose accomplishments have earned him numerous awards over his illustrious career. He was named as California Lawyer Magazine’s Trial Lawyer/Attorney of the Year by CAOC, ABOTA-California and CAALA: Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is renowned for his philanthropic activities. Through fundraising activities and charitable contributions, the firm has supported various worthwhile causes such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Public Counsel and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach among many others.
Panish was an accomplished football player as a teenager, earning him a scholarship to Fresno State and ultimately earning his law degree from Southwestern Law School.
As an attorney, he brought his determination and competitive spirit from the field into the courtroom. Through verdicts and settlements worth billions of dollars for clients, his success is no accident.
Panish is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and has achieved 20 jury verdicts or more of $10 million or more, including his $4.9-billion judgment against General Motors that made headlines across America. Furthermore, Panish has won numerous cases involving traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury; as well as multimillion-dollar settlements in wrongful death lawsuits.
John Panish is an esteemed trial attorney renowned for his work in some of the most high-profile personal injury cases. As a result, his efforts have earned him numerous awards and honors, including a $4.9 billion verdict against General Motors.
He is renowned for his success in litigating against prominent Hollywood stars, particularly Alec Baldwin in the wrongful death case involving “Rust.” This case serves as a landmark moment for plaintiff’s attorneys throughout the entertainment industry.
Panish has achieved great success, yet he keeps a private persona online. His Instagram account only has 996 followers and few posts, suggesting he remains highly focused on his career.