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John A. Whitesides
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Mr. Whitesides, a principal attorney of the firm, manages the firm's appellate practice and tackles a number of civil rights cases. He also has experience with all lines of insurance including auto/truckers, general liability, property, credit, disability, health, life and inland marine and significant experience in insurance policy drafting and representation of insurers regarding insureds' bankruptcy. Mr. Whitesides works with his clients to develop a clear understanding of the core legal issues at play in each case and find the most effective strategy for addressing them. His colleagues note his matter-of-fact approach to dealing with cases that often results in early resolution and low discovery costs as well as his passion for detailed legal analysis and seemingly intuitive understanding of case law.

Mr. Whitesides graduated from U.C. Irvine, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, with a B.A. in Philosophy. He received his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1986 and was admitted to practice in California in 1986. Prior to joining Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff in 2007, he was associated with, and a partner in another defense firm in Sacramento. He spent 21 years litigating cases involving all areas of insurance from pre-litigation through trial, including litigation in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and Delaware. Primarily responsible for pretrial, trial and appeal of largest civil case in Sacramento County Superior Court's history which spanned 17 years at the trial level. He has conducted ADC and CEB courses on insurance law, and has conducted an annual California Insurance regulation claim-handling training for claims adjusters. Mr. Whitesides has also served for many years on the Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District in Sacramento. Mr. Whitesides also enjoys spending time with his daughter, Jenna, and two Greyhounds, Hoss and Stacy.

Practice Areas:

  • Appeals
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Law Enforcement; Civil Rights
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Contracts
  • Agency Issues
  • General Torts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Past Positions

  • Bolling, Walter & Gawthrop, Shareholder and Associate


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1986
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1983
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Cases

  • Mann et. al v. City of Sacramento et. al (9th Cir. Sept. 7, 2018) No. 17-17048, 2018 WL 4268534
  • Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. 2016) 824 F.3d 919, cert. denied sub nom. Peruta v. California, 137 S. Ct. 1995, 198 L. Ed. 2d 746 (2017)
  • Meddock v. County of Yolo (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 170
  • Buzayan v. City of Davis Police Department, et. al (9th Cir. 2011) 431 Fed. Appx. 551
  • Fabbrini v. Dunsmuir (9th Cir. 2011) 631 F.3d 1299
  • Johnson v. Lewis (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 443
  • Peppermill v. Industrial Indemnity Co. (9th Cir. 1995) 46 F.3d 1144.
  • Sacore Partnership Cases (1996) Sacramento Superior Court Case No. C034522

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Sacramento Bar Association, Member
  • Torts and Insurance Law section of the ABA
  • Association of Defense Counsel