James & Associates


James & Associates handles all levels of civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts for a wide variety of clients from individuals to the largest corporations.  The firm has unrivaled expertise in federal criminal appeals and has represented numerous criminal defendants on appeal in complex white collar crime cases and other criminal matters.  We are also expert in handling the most complex civil appeals and writs in state and federal courts.  Ms. James is certified by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law and is one of the few appellate practitioners with significant trial experience.  Ms. James served as appeals experts on the trial team representing Bill Cosby in his criminal retrial.

Ms. James has long-standing experience and familiarity with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ms. James was formerly the Chief of Criminal Appeals at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where she wrote or edited hundreds of briefs and handled dozens of oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit.  Since entering private practice, she has represented dozens of criminal defendants on appeal.  She began her career clerking for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer on the Ninth Circuit.  She has maintained her close relationship with the court by serving as a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative and serving on the Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee.

On civil matters, we have successfully represented individuals and businesses on appeal in a wide range of business and personal disputes.  Ms. James was the Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, and has represented large corporations on appeal in multi-million dollar litigation and complex business disputes, including on matters involving First Amendment issues, labor and employment, and commercial contracts.  Ms. James has obtained reversals for her clients on matters ranging from major fraud to probate disputes.

Ms. James has taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and is a frequent lecturer on appellate advocacy, including speaking and helping organize the Federal Bar Association’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Practice Workshop.  Ms. James is frequently called upon by other lawyers to consult or serve as co-counsel on appeals and to consult on legal issues at the trial court level.

James & Associates’ thoroughness, dedication to the highest levels of quality, and tireless advocacy bring great results for our clients.  Our attorneys have secured reversals of unfavorable judgments, defended favorable judgments from attack on appeal, and even, coming in after an unfavorable ruling on appeal, persuaded a three-judge panel to reverse its own ruling.  Sometimes the best course is to head off an appeal before it starts.  We have on multiple occasions turned trial judges around on motions for reconsideration, and have also negotiated favorable post-judgment settlements for our clients.