John C. Orr

Founding Partner

When John Orr co-founded Case, Orr & Cunningham — the antecedent to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson — in 1982, he opened a new chapter in his family’s century-long history of legal practice in Ventura County. He had been the fourth generation to practice at Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham, which his great-grandfather founded in 1882.

John, who also manages his family’s avocado and lemon ranch in Somis, is an AV-Preeminent rated expert in estate and trust law who also draws on his family’s long history in Ventura County and his leadership in the community for insights into agricultural and real estate matters in this rapidly developing region.

A graduate of the University of Southern California who earned his law degree from Santa Clara University, John sits on multiple nonprofit and public agency boards. These include the Del Norte Water District, Oxnard Drainage District 2, Index Fresh, the technical advisory board of the Ventura County Community Foundation, the Creative Arts Foundation of Ventura High School, and the Museum of Ventura County, whose board he chaired as the museum pursued a large expansion.

John lives in Faria Beach with his wife, Stephanie. He has one son, Nick, and is an avid art collector and duck hunter who also enjoys traveling and entertaining guests.

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., Santa Clara University, School of Law, 1973
  • B.A., University of Southern California, History, 1970


  • Del Norte Water Company (President of Board of Directors)
  • Oxnard Drainage District No. 2 (Secretary and General Counsel)
  • Ventura County Game Preserve (Member)
  • Index Fresh (Board Member and Treasurer)
  • Museum of Ventura County (Chairman of Board of Directors)
  • Ventura County Community Foundation (Member of the Technical Advisory Board)
  • Creative Arts Foundation of Ventura High School (President of Trustees)

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