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John Michael Montevideo

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John Michael Montevideo

John Michael Montevideo

Riverside, California Phone (951) 977-7787
John Michael Montevideo is an Attorney at Law in California, and an Associate in the Law Firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, A Professional Law Corporation, where his practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of those whom have been injured.


Mr. Montevideo began his higher education studies at Seattle University, where he studied Business Administration from 2000-2001. He then earned a Bachelors’ of Arts in Business Management and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in 2004, during which time John Michael engaged in the international study of negotiation and marketing at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) in Bonn, Germany in 2003.

As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Houston, TX during 2004-2005, Mr. Montevideo worked with Vita Living, Inc., a non-profit, working with those with mental and physical developmental disabilities. It was during his work with JVC that he became inspired to pursue his legal career. In 2008, John Michael earned his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Montevideo is also an appointed and commissioned Notary Public of the State of California.

Bar Admissions

Since 2009, Mr. Montevideo has been admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Carrying on the Tradition

John Michael has been a formal member of the Law Firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo since 2008, however has grown up working with the firm throughout his entire life, literally. John Michael Montevideo is the son of John A. Montevideo. Through the life-long mentorship of the firm’s partners, Andy and Steve DiMarco, Jess Araujo and John A. Montevideo, John Michael has absorbed what it means to be a zealous advocate for the voiceless. Through his advocacy he shares the kindred spirit of the firm by assisting our clients through these, unfortunately, low points in their lives. He carries with him the firm’s 32+ year tradition of treating our clients like family.

Fighting for our Clients

Mr. Montevideo most commonly practices in the areas of work injury, personal injury, workers compensation, products liability, vehicle accidents (including car, motorcycle, boat, bicycle and pedestrian), construction law, general negligence, premises liability and wrongful death.

Past Legal Experience

Before joining DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, Mr. Montevideo honed his legal skills in a variety of practice settings, including private defense firms, private plaintiff firms and public service in the government sector via the Department of Justice.

  • In 2008, John Michael worked with the Department of Justice; Environmental and Natural Resources Division; Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Mr. Montevideo worked with the litigation team drafting complex civil litigation decrees, motions and opinion memoranda in federal court regarding various legal issues, including the enforcement of CERCLA, RCRA, NRD, CWA, etc.
  • In 2007, he clerked with Girardi and Keese in Los Angeles, CA drafting litigation discovery, motions and opinion memoranda in state and federal court, including work with class actions, mass torts, business litigation and personal injury generally.
  • In 2006, he was an Intellectual Property Research Assistant for Howard University School of Law for Prof. Lateef Mtima, J.D., where he had research input with the article entitled “So Dark the CON(TU) of Man: The Quest for the Derivative Work Right Grail for Computer Software Programs.”
  • Also in 2006, John Michael worked with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Greenville, SC as a Summer Associate dealing with legal issues involving medical malpractice, real estate, bonds, construction, and immigration.

Leadership, Membership & Honors

Mr. Montevideo is an active member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Division during 2009-2010. The goal of CAOC is to seek justice for all consumers and promote advocacy through training and education. He is also a member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). He is also a Team Member of the Future Leaders of Orange County (FLOC).

Interests & Hobbies

His interests include: running, family, home restoration, backpacking, body surfing and social justice issues. An interesting work history tidbit includes his work on the Major Motion Picture “American Gun” in Hollywood, CA as a Casting and Production Assistant. He was involved in the pre-production, casting, shooting, and post-production. John Michael tends to think of it as his educational crash course of the movie industry.


Mr. Montevideo is proud to join his family (including parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and cousins) in living out their strong Italian heritage and maintaining the rich cultural traditions of their Italian/American immigrant family. Buona Fortuna!

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