Car accidents, trucking accidents, assault, trip-and-fall, wrongful death and more.
Dangerous and defective automobiles, airplanes, helicopters, Polaris UTVs, batteries, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and more.
Police misconduct, police brutality, excessive force, false arrest, foster care abuse and more.
Discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and more.
Protecting consumers in cases involving robo calls, automobile recalls, banking and more.
Sexual harassment, Title IX and more.
Good Morning America, USA Today, AP, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, KNBC and the Daily Journal have all reported on Mr. Kristensen’s relentless effort to hold manufacturers accountable.In 2011, the Daily Journal selected John as one of five associates to watch in the state of California in its annual 20 under 40 edition. He was the sole plaintiffs’ attorney to receive the accolade. He has also been named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars for Southern California for the last three years.
John’s experience runs the gamut for not just plaintiffs’ counsel, but litigation in general. John has tried employment and wrongful death trials and obtained numerous several hundred thousand dollar settlements for his clients. John has litigated against NBC, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Spearmint Rhino, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Company, General Motors, and numerous other large corporations. John spent two years at the Class Action firm, Strange & Carpenter, where he was instrumental in preparing one of the bellwether sudden acceleration cases that resolved in December 2012. He remains in the role as the youngest attorney appointed to the plaintiffs’ steering committees in the California Toyota Sudden Acceleration cases. Mr. Kristensen spent a number of years in the Bay Area practicing at O’Reilly || Collins, representing plaintiffs in catastrophic cases with an emphasis on aviation and automobile products liability. In May 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) accepted Mr. Kristensen’s request to open a timeliness query into the 2005 Toyota steering relay rod recall. Mr. Kristensen uncovered that Toyota had received nearly 40 complaints of the rods’ failing in the United States by October 2004 when Toyota issued the recall for the parts in pickups and 4Runners in Japan, but not the United States. Toyota told NHTSA at the time they had no similar information in the United States, and that is why Toyota delayed the recall for nearly a year in America. Toyota paid the maximum fine in December 2010 of over $16,000,000.00 as a result of Mr. Kristensen’s investigation. Mr. Kristensen later obtained a landmark Order compelling Toyota Motor Corporation to produce five (5) of their executives from Japan to travel to California for their deposition.
Obtained a record Title IX settlement $1.15 million for a student for sexual assault by one of her professors at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Federal Court approved $1.495 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement for Robo Call Lawsuit
Obtained a $4.3 million settlement in a medical malpractice case in 2016 (confidential defendant).
Obtained a record $16 million fine against Toyota Motor Corporation after discovering that the auto giant misled the US government when it issued a safety recall in Japan, but not the United States.
Obtained a $1.595 million settlement for a broken ankle in Kirby v. Celebrations.
Kristensen filed lawsuit against UC-Berkeley and Prof. John Searle
Secured over $7.5 Million in Settlements for Wrongful Death Against Confidential Defendants