SAN DIEGO—Associate Justice James A. McIntyre of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, will retire on June 30, 2016, after 20 years on the bench.
Justice McIntyre was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Court of Appeal in 1996, and was subsequently retained by vote of the people in 1998 and in 2002 and 2014. Before his appointment to the Court of Appeal, he was appointed to San Diego Superior Court in 1993 and elected in 1994. Prior to his judicial career he was an associate and then partner and shareholder in McInnis, Fitzgerald, Rees, Sharkey & McIntyre practicing medical malpractice, hospital liability, insurance bad faith, employment termination, general liability matters and business litigation. He tried in excess of 100 civil jury trials.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice McIntyre served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, School of Law. He is a Master of the Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and had an "A V" rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He was also listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Who’s Who Among Practicing Attorneys."
Justice McIntyre graduated with an A.B. in Philosophy from Brown University in 1960 and received his J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1963. He was admitted to the California Bar, California Federal District Courts and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1963.
Since his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice McIntyre has served on the Court Profiles Advisory Committee to the California Judicial Council (recommendations on new judgeships) (1997-99), the Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions (1999-2001) and the appellate panel of justices selected to hear writ petitions in the trial courts on labor disputes between the Superior Courts and their employees (2001-2016).
Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell commented, “Justice McIntyre exemplifies the best qualities of the legal profession. He was an outstanding lawyer and a distinguished member of the trial and appellate courts. He will be deeply missed.”
Justice McIntyre has been married to his wife, Vicki, for 41 years. He has one son and three daughters.