- Special education law
- Education law
- Federal civil rights law
Jim is a potent advocate for special needs students and their families because he has impeccable legal instincts, honed from over twenty-five years as a trial attorney, combined with decades of experience raising an autistic son. He is skilled and passionate.
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.
Jim has served as a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He is a certified instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and has been hired to train organizations such as the United States and California Departments 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.