Professional Recognition & Publications

50+ Years Practicing Law

A Lifetime of Achievement

John Girardi has earned a number of awards and recognition over his career.  Below are some of his most notable achievements.

Awards and Recognitions

2018 & 2019

Lawdragon 500

The annual Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America is the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas. 


Champions of Justice Honoree

Each year, Loyola’s Civil Justice Program honors two individuals whose distinguished legal careers are marked by professional excellence, technical proficiency and uncompromising integrity. With lifetimes of service, striving to hold those accountable who are responsible, they inspire us to imagine a more perfect system of justice. 


International Academy of Trial Lawyers

The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs’ and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases).


Lee B. Wenzel Civility and Professionalism Award

The Lee B. Wenzel Civility award was established in 1993.  The Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA awards the Lee B. Wenzel Civility award to the attorney who regularly demonstrates qualities of professionalism, civility, graciousness and high moral and ethical standards as exemplified by the late Lee B. Wenzel.

2013 & 2014

Southern California
Top 100 Lawyers

Top 100 Attorneys by the Southern California Super Lawyers selection process consists of peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research. Those selected are among the top 5% of attorneys in the state.


Cahalan Award

The Cahalan Award is presented annually to Loyola alumni to honor the enduring contributions of former president, Fr. Patrick J. Cahalan, SJ+, during his 27 years of service to your alma mater. It is given in recognition of his belief in the ideals of Loyola and the Ignatian spirit of the Magis as exemplified through distinguished and meritorious service to Loyola and its community, the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and the United States.



Trial Lawyer of the Year (Employment)

Every year, local trial lawyers are commemorated for their remarkable achievements at OCTLA’s annual Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards Program. These individuals have demonstrated exceptional trial skills, commitment to their clients, and dedication to the principles of legal ethics and preserving access to the civil justice system. As a result, these attorneys have obtained outstanding results on behalf of the clients that they represented. OCTLA is proud to recognize the accomplishments of the following distinguished members of the legal community.


Outstanding Volunteer Contributions for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Presented to mediators that volunteer significant time to help people resolve their differences without the added cost of time and money required for full, formal court proceedings. 


Presidential Award of Merit

Awarded to those that have shown extraordinary dedication to the Consumer Attorneys of California and the clients who are represented.


Distinguished Alumnus

Long before he was securing verdicts for underdog plaintiffs who had been harmed by a wide range of well-resourced defendants, alumnus John “Jack” A. Girardi ’72 learned the importance of being an attorney for others during his time at LMU Loyola Law School.


Southern California Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a preeminent national rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.



California Judicial College

Loyola Law School

Pepperdine Law School

Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles

Consumer Attorneys of California

National Business Institute

Dependency Court of Los Angeles County

California Continuing Education of the Bar

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Los Angeles Superior Court



Sargent Shriver and the Ordered Quest for Justice

Interview with Mark Shriver published in Verdict Magazine (October 2012)


Guantanamo Close Up

Interview with Attorney Dicky Grigg published in Verdict Magazine (October 2007)


Premises Liability - What's New for 2002

Published in The Advocate (July 2002)


Proof Positive: Pornography in a Day-Care Center

Published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Vol 9. No. 1, pp. 75 – 86(1997)



Psychotherapist Responsibility in Notifying Individuals at Risk for HIV

Published in The Journal of Sex Research Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 1 – 27 (February 1988).