John F. Petrini was a Capital Partner in Borton Petrini, LLPʼs Bakersfield office. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis, and received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. After graduation, John stayed with the law school, serving as assistant dean before going to work for the Yolo County District Attorneyʼs Office. He joined the Sacramento County District Attorneyʼs Office in 1973, supervising the Major Crimes Division. John came to the Firm in 1978, specializing in business litigation and personal injury cases.
Having experience in a vast array of areas, John concentrated his practice in the areas of healthcare law, business litigation, commercial disputes, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and other business torts. He represented medical providers and institutions in healthcare matters and the defense of medical malpractice cases.
John was lead counsel on appeal before the California Supreme Court, establishing new law in the area of ownerʼs liability for the alleged negligent hiring of an independent contractor (Camargo v. Tjaarda Dairy (2001) 25 Cal. 4th 1235).
John served as past president of the Kern County Bar Association. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the California Pacific School of Law and served as its dean. His involvement with legal education also is evident in his past service on the editorial board of California Defense magazine and as the editor of the Estate Planning Law Quarterly Report.
In addition to his professional affiliations, John used his time and abilities for community service. He was assistant dean to U.C. Davis School of Law and general counsel to the Kern Economic Development Corporation; the secretary of the Bakersfield Rotary Club during the 2002-2003 fiscal year; served on the Board of Directors of the Kern Bridges Youth Homes; was a director of the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield; and sat on the Board of Directors for Stockdale Country Club. John was active in the life of California State University, Bakersfield, participating on the board of CSUB’s Roadrunner Club, where he was the fund-raising co-chairperson in 1993 and 1994, as well as vice president in 1997 and 1998, and president in 1999 and 2000.