James T. Perona (retired)
Area of Law
University of La Verne - J.D.
UCLA - B.A.
John A. Mendoza
John has successfully litigated thousands of industrial injury cases over the past 20 years. Many of these cases involved trial court decision being overturned, resulting in changes to California laws benefiting not only his clients, but all Californians. Most recently, John was successful in overturning the trial court in a case where the reviewing court held that employees have the freedom to select their own physician in cases involving industrial injuries, even if the employer has formed a Medical Provider Network. This decision dismantled the restrictive manner in which California Administrative Law courts and insurance carriers had previously applied the provisions of the 2005 reform legislation.
John received his undergraduate education at UCLA, earning a bachelors degree in political science, with a focus in international relations. His postgraduate education was conducted at Pepperdine University, School of Law and at the University of La Verne, School of Law. While earning his juris doctorate, John was the recipient of two American Jurisprudence Awards.
In addition to his twenty plus years prosecuting industrial injury cases, John has two decades of civil liberties litigation experience before both the federal bench and the courts of the State of California, including the landmark case of Van Schoick v. *Saddleback* Valley Unified School Dist. (California Supreme Court, writ denied). John's work in this area led to the Pacific Justice Institute, Attorney of the Year Award in 2006. John has sat on and chaired several board of directors of national and international, non-profit charitable organizations. John has guest hosted, guest paneled or appeared on numerous television and talk radio programs, including Fox News, KABC 7, KNBC 4, KTLA, KFWB radio, KKLA radio (LA Live), amongst others.