Oakland: 510-844-5100South Pasadena: 626-243-1100Orange: 714-823-4100San Diego: 760-274-2110Inland Empire: 909-581-6100

Howard J. Franco Jr.


Mr. Franco practices in the areas of professional liability matters focusing on legal malpractice, design and construction professional defense; insurance and related litigation; products liability; public entity liability, hospitality and restaurant liability and general casualty liability. Mr. Franco is a Certified Legal Malpractice Law Specialist. For more information about Mr. Franco’s practice areas, please call or email him at your convenience.


Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1984)

University of Dayton, Ohio (B.A. Cum Laude Political Science, 1981)

Bar Admissions

California, 1984

Certified Legal Malpractice Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States, 2015

United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, 1985

United States District Court, Central District of California, 1984

United States District Court, Southern District of California, 1985

United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2016

Professional Memberships

State Bar of California

AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell ™

Allied Member: San Diego and Palomar Chapters of the American Institute of Architects

Orange County Bar Association Masters Division

San Diego and North San Diego County Bar Associations

San Diego Magazine: Top Lawyers in San Diego 2015 through 2017

Los Angeles Times: Top Lawyers in Southern California 2017

Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Risk Insurance Management Society-San Diego Chapter

San Diego County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem (2007-Present)

Recent Publications and Seminars

Lawyer’s Professional Liability and Cyber Risk

Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits and Risk Management

Preventing and Defending Legal Malpractice for the Small Firm

Keeping the Meal Happy: A Risk Manager’s Recipe to Restaurant Liability

Trip, Fall and Catch A Wave: Accidents and Evidence

Obstacles and Opportunities: Indemnity and Insurance

If the Price is Right-Keep Reading

Practice Areas

  • Trial
  • Professional Liability
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Public Entity Liability
  • Insurance Litigation

714-823-4100 (Orange)
760-274-2110 (San Diego)

Email: hfranco@ccmslaw.com

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