John P. Makin, Esq.

John P. Makin, Esq.

Of Counsel
  • Insurance Coverage & Litigation
  • Litigation

(925) 866-1087

About Me

John P. Makin is a litigation and insurance specialist.

Mr. Makin has a broad litigation background, trying cases and appearing before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative and regulatory agencies. His litigation repertoire includes a variety of subject matters, such as trade regulation in the media field, engineering liability, commercial land use and regulation, eminent domain, environmental regulation, intellectual property and construction disputes.

He has represented clients in coverage evaluation and in coverage litigation in state and federal courts throughout California. Mr. Makin’s knowledge and background transcends insurance litigation, as he has acted as a counselor and advisor to numerous insurance companies and insurance service organization Insurance Services Office, Inc. He counseled clients concerning the use and approval of policy forms and rates, and worked extensively with the California Insurance Department and Insurance Commissioner. He has worked with insurance clients in the drafting of forms, most recently technology specialty and technology errors and omissions forms. In 2001, he spent several months in the London offices of the Beazley Syndicate of Lloyds of London. While here, Mr. Makin consulted on the evaluation of risks and claims, and the drafting of policy forms in connection with technology errors and omissions and specialty intellectual property insurance policies.

Mr. Makin also has broad experience in anti-trust and trade regulation, particularly applicable to the insurance industry. He was California counsel for ISO in the insurance anti-trust litigation which came before the United States Supreme Court. He was counsel for ISO in the Proposition 103 litigation in the California Supreme Court, and commented upon and counseled clients with regard to the California Attorney General’s anti-trust guidelines for the insurance industry.

Mr. Makin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as well as a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy, in 1972. After serving more than four years as an officer in the United States Navy, he attended Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree, as well as Order of the Coif, in 1979. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1979, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Makin was a founding partner of Greenan, Peffer, Sallander & Lally, LLP