John D. Van Ackeren

John D. Van Ackeren

Senior Trial Attorney
Santa Ana, California
888-284-0809 (Toll Free)

John D. Van Ackeren is a Senior Attorney with Callahan & Blaine. Mr. Van Ackeren's practice focuses on complex litigation matters, including business, commercial, insurance, real estate, and employment matters. He has extensive experience litigating cases from inception through trial in both state and federal courts. Throughout his career, Mr. Van Ackeren has successfully prosecuted and defended cases for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

From 2013 through 2016, Mr. Van Ackeren has been named to the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of the attorneys under the age of 40.

Representative Matters:
Successful defense of partner in multi-million dollar partnership dispute
Negotiated favorable settlement for majority shareholder in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and dissolution action
Successful defense of multi-million dollar oil spill pollution case
Obtained dismissal of real estate investor at pleading stage in breach of contract and fraud case
Obtained dismissal of commercial construction lender at pleading stage in fraud action
Litigated bad faith claims on behalf policy holders with respect property damage and loss caused by natural disaster
Obtained summary judgment for construction products company in product liability action
Negotiated nominal settlement for staffing company of multi-million dollar wage and hour class action

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Contract and Contract Interpretation
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D./M.B.A. - 2005
  • Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, California
    • BBA - 2001
    • Major: Finance
    • Minor: German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Member
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