N. Thomas McCartney

  • Position: Lawyer
  • Experience: More than 45 years
  • Location: Bakersfield, CA
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  • Phone: (661) 334-1800

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Personal Experience & Biography

Thomas (“Tom”) McCartney graduated magna cum laude from Saint Mary’s College in 1972. He graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1975 where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence award in Property. Tom McCartney was also a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and the Law Review. He served as an honors law clerk for the Hon. Ira A. Brown Jr.

Tom McCartney has successfully tried over seventy cases.  Recently, a juror wrote an unsolicited letter to Mr. McCartney.  It reads:


“Dear Mr. McCartney

I had the pleasure recently of serving as a jury foreman on a case for which you were Plaintiff’s attorney, Chiou v. Blanton.

I want to take this opportunity to applaud you for the fine job you did on this case. I spent over 25 years working for lawyers in Ohio, California, Alaska, and Washington and never have I seen a case handled better. The professionalism, thoroughness and compassion you displayed on behalf of and for your client were second to none. Hopefully I will never need the services of an attorney, but should I find myself in that position, I would not hesitate to contact you for representation.

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to you, your son Matthew, and Yow Yea after the trial was completed. Again, it was a pleasure watching you work.

Very truly yours,

Elaine J. Frawley”


Although Mr. McCartney continues to be primarily involved in litigation and trials, his practice has evolved to include litigation avoidance, business planning and development, and related business transactional work.

Published appellate decisions: Am. Nat. Bank v. Stanfill, 205 Cal. App. 3d 1089, (Cal. App. 5th Dist. 1988); Davis v. Superior Court, 62 Cal. App. 3d 484, Cal. App. 1st Dist. 1976); Clark Equipment Co. v. Mastelotto, Inc., 87 Cal. App. 3d 88, (Cal. App. 5th Dist. 1978); Lapidus v. City of Wasco, 114 Cal. App. 4th 1361, Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2004); Legacy Group v. City of Wasco, 106 Cal. App. 4th 1305, 1307, (Cal. App. 5th Dist. 2003)

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