Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Honoree


John Netterblad

Whether he was spending time with family, participating as a leader in numerous philanthropic organizations, trying over 150 jury trials, or playing golf, John Walter Netterblad lived life with enthusiasm and energy. As a loyal and loving husband, father, son and citizen John influenced countless lives by his wisdom, kind spirit and vitality. John was an excellent student, Eagle Scout, and athlete, graduating from Stoughton High School with 17 varsity letters. He obtained his undergraduate Business degree and his graduate Law degree from the University of Wisconsin. John came to San Diego in 1961 and served as a San Diego District Attorney until 1967 when he joined the law firm of Higgs Fletcher & Mack where he became partner three years later. Always involved in his community, John was an Elder at Point Loma Community Presbyterian and served on the boards Lions Manor, Boys & Girls Foundation, Lions Welfare Foundation, and Blind Recreation. He was president of San Diego Country Club and managed a monthly soup kitchen in Ocean Beach for 7 years. He lectured at Continuing Legal Seminars, demonstrating trial techniques for the San Diego Inn of Court which he helped found, and acted as Pro Tem and Special Master in San Diego Superior Court. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, became a fellow of the American College of trial Lawyers, and was a member of several legal organizations. After raising two fine children, travel became a favorite pastime for John and his wife Carol. From biking across Italy, exploring China and Bali, inhaling Alaska, traveling New Zealand, Eurailing in Europe, sailing around the Caribbean, kayaking in Mexico, and exploring the USA they treasured rich experiences. Throughout his life John’s commitment to his family was unmistakable. He was a supportive and loving husband, an exceptional father and a loyal friend to many.