John V. Giardinelli is the principal, founding attorney, and senior member of The Giardinelli Law Group, APC. Admitted to the California State Bar in 1977, John honed his skills on transactions and litigation in real estate, business, and employment law. Currently, his practice is focused on real estate and business law. He represents several REALTORS® Associations with membership exceeding 30,000 REALTORS®. He also advises brokerage firms, business entities, brokers, agents, homeowners, developers, and business owners. His diverse background in real estate and business litigation, land use, contract law, corporate law, business law, and the preparation of real estate and business transactional documents enables him to provide effective representation and thorough legal advice to his clients on a wide range of matters.

John is a former trial attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He has served as a mediator and an arbitrator for both private parties as well as through the Riverside County Bar Association. John has also been retained as an expert witness, including the United States Attorney’s Office. He has been called on to testify regarding real estate brokers’ and agents’ fiduciary duties as well as other real estate-related topics.

As a respected speaker, John also conducts various classes and seminars and is the keynote speaker at REALTOR® association and brokerage events. He writes articles and news flashes on hot topics in real estate for both association newsletters and TGLG’s Courtside Newsletter. He is a former instructor for the Professional Realty Institute (GRI) and administers several REALTOR® associations’ Professional Standards Departments. (Please visit the Education section for more information on the classes that the firm offers and how to sign up.)

In addition to his work with the firm, John is active in his community. He has resided in the City of Canyon Lake for over 30 years and during that time has served as Mayor, Council Member, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (including a year as its Chair). He also served three terms on the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association’s Board of Directors and as its President. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation. Currently, John serves as Trustee and Secretary of the Linfield Christian School.

In spite of an increasingly busy schedule, John is active in the Canyon Lake Community Church and has a vibrant personal life. John and his wife, Kristy, have two children, Erica and Bryan. Erica has two young children, Kade and Knox, and John and Kristy have been excitedly following their grandsons’ milestones and delighting in their little joys. Their son, Bryan, is an accomplished photographer and entrepreneur. John also enjoys SCUBA diving, water skiing, and supporting the San Diego Chargers.




Legal Admissions and Associations

Admitted to the State Bar of California in             December 1977.

Admitted to the Federal Bar in June 1989.

Arbitrator of real estate matters.


Expert Witness (consultation and testimony).

Professional Affiliations

President of the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association from 1984 to 1987.

Member of Canyon Lake City Council:

—Inaugural Council from 1990 to 1996.
—Council Member in 2002.

Mayor of the City of Canyon Lake in 1994 and 1995.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Western Riverside Council of Government from 1990 to 1996

Member of the Linfield Christian School Board of Trustees from 1994 to the present. Served as Secretary, Treasurer, Chairperson of the Education and Technology Committee, and as a member of the Committee of the Board

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation from 1999 to 2001.

Member of the Advisory Committee of the Animal Friends of the Valley from 1999 to present.

Member of the Men’s Ministries Board of the Canyon Lake Community Church.

Chair of the Master Planning Committee at the Canyon Lake Community Church.

Western State University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1977

Graduated with Honors.

Wrote for the Western State University Law Review.

Participated in Moot Court and went to the         State Competition.

Elected member of the Student Government as the Class Vice President and Student Body Ombudsman.

Recipient of an AmJur Award.

Member of Phi Alpha Law Fraternity.

Passed California State Bar Examination on

first attempt.


University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts – History, 1974

Graduated with Honors.