Jim is a member of the firm’s litigation team, which focuses on the representation of consumers and employees in class action lawsuits. Jim has successfully represented consumers in claims alleging violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the California Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising, the California Automatic Renewal Law, and other California and federal statutes that protect consumer rights. Jim has represented employees in cases alleging violation of the California Labor Code, including actions seeking recovery of monetary penalties pursuant to the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. In addition to his class action practice, Jim also represents individuals, businesses, and non-profit entities in civil litigation matters.
Over a 30-plus year career, Jim has extensive experience in many facets of civil litigation, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals. Jim began his professional career in 1987 as an associate with Gray Cary Ames & Frye, which was then San Diego’s largest law firm. Jim was promoted to partner in 1995, and served as a litigation partner with Gray Cary and DLA Piper until 2008.
Jim obtained his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law in 1987, where he earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure and was named the Outstanding Appellate Advocate. Jim also earned an LL.M. in Taxation, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego. Jim is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Martindale-Hubbell, one of the nation’s leading attorney rating services, has awarded Jim its highest possible rating – AV® Preeminent.