ATTENTION: COVID-19 Based on the COVID-19 concerns and the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor of California on March 19, 2020, our office is temporarily closed. The health and well-being of staff and clients are our top priority. For the time being, our ATTORNEYS ARE WORKING REMOTELY and are available to attend to our clients' needs. You may experience a delay in response to your email or phone calls during this time. We will make every effort to respond promptly and appreciate your patience and understanding.

A Full-service Law Firm Trusted across Generations

Legal challenges and opportunities come in many forms and often have complex, far-reaching implications. The decisions you make in handling those challenges and opportunities are of critical importance. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for helping clients protect their best interests in matters of personal injury, family law, and business and commercial law. If you face a complex challenge requiring the help of a lawyer, schedule a consultation at our full-service law firm in Stockton, CA, today.

Legal team at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP
The Team of Attorneys at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP

Why Choose Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP?

Each of our named partners has spent more than 20 years in their unique areas of practice. Our entire team is dedicated to providing attentive service that is aligned with our clients' most important objectives. To put it simply, Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, in Stockton, CA, is a firm where results and relationships matter.

"Ethical and Hard-Working"

I have worked with John as co-counsel and against John as opposing counsel. There is no one more ethical and hard-working."

- 5-Star Peer Review on

Success Stories

Since our Stockton legal firm was founded in 1986, we have built a record of favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients. Some of our most notable achievements include:

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Settlement of $600,000 in a medical malpractice case

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Settlement of $300,000 for a back injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident

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Settlement of $750,000 in a negligence and products liability case

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Settlement of $65,000 for a burn injury sustained during physical therapy

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you have a legal need, we invite you to schedule a consultation with the law firm of Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, today. With conveniently located offices in Stockton and Walnut Creek, CA, we represent clients from Sacramento, the Bay Area, and throughout Northern California. 

Whatever your legal concern, our lawyers are available to provide advice and representation. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (209) 477-8171.

What Sets Our Attorneys Apart

Innovation: No two legal cases are the same, so our lawyers take a personalized approach to every client's case, seeking innovative solutions to reach favorable outcomes.

Engagement: Our Stockton firm believes it is important to give back to our community. Many of our attorneys serve on the boards of charitable organizations that benefit the disadvantaged.

Respect: Our lawyers treat every client with compassion and respect. We understand that legal proceedings in the state of California can be stressful, so we strive to make life as easy as possible for our clients.

History: Our firm has practiced law in Stockton for nearly 40 years, and that extensive history has given our lawyers detailed knowledge of the California legal system.

Our Practice Areas

Our lawyers are accomplished counselors, advisory resources, negotiators, and litigators, highly regarded by our professional peers and active in community leadership. Our practice areas include:

Business & Commercial Law: Our business and commercial law services range from entity selection and contract matters to ongoing counsel for employers, representation in high-value disputes, and all aspects of business dissolution.

Estate Services: Our practice offers comprehensive wealth and estate planning, as well as probate and estate administration services. Estate planning with the aid of a knowledgeable attorney can help you provide for your family.

Personal Injury Law: Our personal injury attorneys provide representation after the negligence of others results in losses. You can be certain the other party will hire legal defense. Let us help you collect the compensation you need and deserve.

Family Law: Our dedicated lawyers practice family law, including advocacy in divorce at any level of conflict or complexity, as well as negotiation of child custody. Our attorneys have the caring personalities required for this emotionally charged field. 

Real Estate Law: Real estate law can be difficult to navigate in the state of California. Our attorneys provide representation for clients in all aspects of real estate law, including land use, real estate development, and environmental law.

Appellate Law: If a legal decision was reached that you believe to be unfair or a violation of your rights, our lawyers can help you appeal the case through services including post-trial counsel, writs, pre-judgment appeals, trial court writs, and mandamus.

All Services

"Consummate Professional"

Brett is a consummate professional who is very well versed in the area of land use law. He brings a general affability and substantive acumen to his legal practice. Clients uniformly have a high regard for his passionate and credible representation. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him on very high stakes matters and have had the good fortune of prevailing, in no small part due to the analysis he is able to marshal in a written brief and the cogent arguments he delivers in person."

- 5-Star Peer Review on

Featured Services


Motor Vehicle Accidents

We can help you through the challenges following a serious vehicle accident

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High-Asset Divorce

Defend your rights, your estate, and your assets during your divorce

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Business Litigation

Our team can help you through complicated business proceedings

Turn to Us for Focused Legal Guidance and Innovative Solutions

Having served the Central Valley region and Bay Area for many decades, we take pride in our reputation for skill and integrity that earns our firm frequent referrals from other lawyers and current clients. We are here to provide legal knowledge and forthright guidance through each phase of your legal matter. We strive not only to help you achieve the outcome you need, but also provide peace of mind throughout the process.

To meet with an attorney at one of our offices in Stockton or Walnut Creek, CA, schedule a consultation today by contacting us online or calling (209) 477-8171.

Meet Our Attorneys

attorney dennis shoreDennis Shore:

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Injury

Attorney John H. McKinleyJohn H. McKinley:

  • Business and Civil Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury

Attorney John Richard Conger Jr.John Conger Jr.:

  • Business Law and Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation

Attorney Brett S. JolleyBrett S. Jolley:

  • Land Use and Development
  • Appellate Law
  • Real Estate Transactions

Megan E. Galarneau:

  • Wealth and Estate Planning
  • Trust Administration and Probate
  • Business Law
  • Succession Planning
  • Medi-Cal Planning

Becky R. Diel:

  • Land Use
  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law

Megan Hall:

  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation

Get the Representation You Need after a Car Accident

Over two million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States, according to the CDC. In many cases, these accidents are easily avoidable: drivers who speed, violate traffic signals, or drive under the influence often know the danger they pose to others, but they take the risk anyway.

If you have been left with monumental medical bills in the wake of a car accident, we may be able to help you get financial compensation from the responsible parties. 

Don't Go into a Child Custody Alone

Divorce or separation does not affect just you and your partner: it also has a huge impact on any children you have. Negotiating child custody is rarely simple. While some separating couples can agree upon an arrangement that prioritizes your children's best interests, the discussion can quickly become fraught.

Hiring a family lawyer to represent you and your child's interests in the conversation can be an invaluable asset, especially if your spouse has their own attorney. 

Why Hire a Lawyer?

If you are thinking about handling a legal proceeding on your own without a lawyer's help, we encourage you to reconsider. Having an attorney by your side provides many benefits, especially if:

The Other Side Has a Lawyer

If your situation involves another party, such as another driver after a car accident, that other party may hire an attorney of their own to provide defense. In that case, you should enlist your own attorney to ensure that your rights are not violated and that you collect what you are legally owed. 

A Legal Document Is Involved

If your business is drafting contracts or employment agreements, if you are planning to sign a prenuptial agreement, or if any other kind of legal document is involved, a trained legal professional can help you review the document to ensure that it accounts for all details and avoids loopholes.

You Are Dealing with the State

Legal interactions with the state of California can feel impossibly bureaucratic. If you have to deal with the state because of a real estate deal, land use agreements, or any other legal proceeding, our Stockton lawyers can help you get the attention and cooperation of the proper government offices.

Secure Your Family's Future through Estate Planning

Thinking about the end of life is never pleasant, but thorough estate planning is essential for guaranteeing that your legacy is maintained and your family is protected. A simple will and trust can make your wishes known, while more advanced planning can help your family avoid a costly probate process and save thousands of dollars in estate taxes.

Our estate planning lawyers in Stockton and Walnut Creek, CA, help clients in all stages of life with comprehensive estate planning. Many clients agree that the peace of mind this process provides is invaluable.

"Very Knowledgeable"

We contacted Megan Galarneau to update our family trust and found her very knowledgeable on the subject.She was able to give us a clear and detailed explanation of the the complexities of the family trust. We highly recommend her."

- Kenneth G., 5-Star Google Review

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Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP

Our comprehensive law practice based in Stockton, CA, provides legal services in a variety of practice areas, including:

To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, please contact us online or call (209) 477-8171.