J. Freni represents both individuals and businesses
in civil litigation matters involving business, real estate,
professional liability, insurance, employment and personal
injury issues. John has developed a reputation as a tenacious
and professional trial attorney. He has earned Martindale
Hubbell's highest rating of AV, which signifies that John's
peers recognize that he follows the highest ethical standards
while providing his clients with top notch legal services.
John grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts, a suburb of
Boston, in a close-knit Italian-American family. He
is the eldest of six sons. "My heroes are my
parents. It was through their example that I learned
the meaning of hard work and dedication." John's
father worked six days a week in his butcher shop
to support his family. John's mother, a computer programmer
since the 1950s, stayed at home to raise her sons
until the youngest (13-years John's junior) started
attending grade school, when she resumed her career.
"My parents taught us that if we were committed
to our goals, we could accomplish anything. One of
my mother's favorite lines is 'Genius is 99 percent
perspiration and one percent inspiration.'"
John learned well. Through scholarships and summer
jobs, he attended one of the finest prep schools and
colleges in New England. He graduated from Deerfield
Academy (1977) and Bowdoin College (1981, AB in Economics
and Creative Visual Arts, magna cum laude in Art).
The Frenis are a legacy at Deerfield Academy, where
three sons have graduated (1977, 1981 and 1990). John
received his law degree from the American University,
Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C., in
1987, cum laude. John was a member of the Honor Society
and was the co-recipient of the 1987 Dean's Award
for Professional Responsibility, given annually to
the outstanding student in the American University
clinical programs, which are consistently ranked in
the top five clinical programs in the country.
John has consistently obtained favorable results for
both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of
civil disputes, both through alternative dispute resolution
(e.g., settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations)
and through trial. "Regardless of whether a client
is a plaintiff or defendant, litigation is one of
the most stressful experiences they will ever endure
and emotions can run high. I strive to maintain the
strongest possible litigation position for my clients,
while simultaneously counseling the client to maintain
a results-oriented business perspective when making
decisions on the case."
When not in court or the office, you most likely will
find John outdoors pursuing his passion for hunting
and fishing. John served as Chair of the San Diego
Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for an unprecedented three
years (1998-2000) and is still a very active member
of the Chapter. "Some of my fondest childhood
memories are of the times I spent in the outdoors
with my parents. I went bird hunting with my Dad when
I was barely big enough to walk through the underbrush.
Dad didn't like to fish, so Mom took us fishing. She
would pile us into the station wagon and take us down
to the local fishing hole, where we would spend the
day catching panfish."
John moved to San Diego in 1987 and has never regretted
his decision to escape the harsh New England winters.
John, his wife Bridget, and their yellow Labrador
retriever, Josh, live in the Scripps Ranch area of