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Peter M. Callahan


California State Bar, 1969; Illinois State Bar, 1967; United States District Court; United States Supreme Court, 1971.


J.D., Loyola School of Law, Chicago, Illinois; B.A., Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; Masters in Humanities (History), California State University, ABT.; Strans Institute For Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School Of Law.


Graduated Cum Laude, Loras College; graduated with Honors, Loyola School of Law; Life Member, The Academic Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; St. Thomas More Society "Lawyer of the Year" 2004, selected by peers as one of "Fifty Orange County Super Lawyers" Los Angeles Magazine, February 2004 and every year since, a designation given to one-half of one percent of Orange County Lawyers; Ethics, Civility and Professionalism Award, 2004, ABOTA; honored as among the 100 (out of 36,000) most influential Lawyers in California (2005) by the Daily Law Journal; Papal Knighthood (EKHSJ) 2005; awarded the Cross of Honour (the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity) by Pope Benedict XVI (2009).


American Board of Trial Advocates rank of Diplomat (Since 1976); American Bar Association; Orange County and San Francisco Bar Association; Southern California Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; International Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Editors, Defense Counsel Journal); Industry Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Forensic Studies; Special Counsel, California Paralyzed Veterans of America; Founding Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society (Lawyer of the year, 2007); National Wildlife Federation; Sierra Club; The Heritage Foundation; Hillsdale College Benefactor; Wounded Warrior Project; Disabled American Veterans (Commanders Club); Smile Train (Platinum member); Project Hope; Amnesty International; Board of Governors, The Irish American Partnership; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Irish Northern Aid Committee; Habitat for Humanity (Carpenter's Club); Board of Directors, Community Incentives for Teaching Excellence; Board of Directors, Orange County Legal Foundation; Former Board of Governors, Chaminade University; Board of Directors, JESAM (Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar Ministries); Advisory Board, Wells of Life (East African Water Charity); American Legion (Life Member), Special Forces Association (Life Member).


"Some Thoughts on the Avoidance of Extra-Contractual Damages," Western State University Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 73, 1986; "Metatag Cybertheft", The Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 7 (July 2001).

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor, Western State University College of Law (Civil Procedure); Presenter, Inns of Court; frequent lecturer at Orange County Claims Managers Forum, various local colleges, Continuing Education of the Bar classes, and State Bar of California seminars on Insurance Law and Trial Tactics; Presenter, ABOTA “Masters in Trial.”

Practice Areas

General Civil Practice, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability, Personal Injury, Employment/Labor Law, Insurance Bad Faith, Intellectual Property. Approximately 250 cases tried to verdict.

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