- Special education law
- Education law
- Federal civil rights law
Jim’s instincts honed from over twenty-five years as a trial attorney combine with his understanding gained through seventeen years raising an autistic Son to create a potent advocate for special needs students and their families fighting for fair treatment. During his career he has tried over one hundred and fifty jury trials to verdict, had four affirmances on appeal published, and drafted and seen enacted three pieces of legislation. He has served as a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a certified instruction for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Traior the organizations including the United States and California Department of Justice, U.S. Secret Service, American Prosecutors Research Institute, National Association of Attorneys General, and California District Attorneys Association.
Jim received his Juris Doctorate in 1990, from Western State University, College of Law, ranked 3rd in his class. There he served as the notes and comments editor for Law Review, was the school moot court champion, received West’s Corpus Juris Secundum Award his 2nd and 3rd years, and earned two American Jurisprudence Awards. Following graduation, he served a federal judicial clerkship in California’s Central District. He was hired by the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office in 1991, recruited over to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in 1994 and culminated a 26 year prosecution career in 2015.