Peter W. Felchlin


Peter graduated Southwestern Law School in 1978. After passing the bar that same year, he began work as an independent public defendant pursuant to Penal Code 987. Over the following 18 months, he had 17 misdemeanor criminal trials to verdict. In 1980, he started work for the insurance defense firm of Murchison & Cumming. Over the ensuing 17 years he worked for a series of defense firms, including Haley & Bennett, Haley & Bell, Sherlock & Neal and finally Sherlock & Felchlin. From 1997 to 2006 he was Attorney of Record for Sherlock, Sinatra & Felchlin, staff legal for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. In 2006, he started work for Yoka & Smith, where he remains today. Over the course of his career in civil litigation, he has tried over 30 cases to jury verdict.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member


  • Evidence in the Real World, Loyola School of Law, 2000 - 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982


Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

  • J.D. - 1978

University of California, Santa Barbara, California

  • B.A. - 1972
  • Major: History
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