John R. De La Merced is an associate of the Firm. His practice focuses on business litigation, which includes commercial and intellectual property disputes. His experience encompasses all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting operative pleadings and responses, law and motion practice, discovery, mediation, client counseling and assisting in trial.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2017, John was an associate at a large national law firm where he primarily served individuals, families, and charities in complex trust and estate disputes, trust and estate administration, as well as conservatorship and guardianship matters. John also assisted in general commercial litigation matters, which included breach of contract cases, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and partnership disputes.
John is currently the President-Elect of the Philippine American Bar Association and is a member of its board of governors. In 2019, he will serve as the organization’s President. John also serves on the board of governors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and on the advisory committee for the St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles.
John received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. During law school, John served as a judicial extern to the Honorable S. James Otero of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and to the Honorable R. Bruce Minto of the Los Angeles Superior Court. John also served as chief articles editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal, one of only two law journals in the United States that focuses exclusively on legal issues affecting Asian Pacific American communities. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
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