James Palmer is a successful trial attorney with extensive litigation experience, with an emphasis on jury trials. Previously, Mr. Palmer served as the firm’s general counsel for over 15 years and as the former chair of the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group.  He has more than 45 years of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, including complex commercial litigation, wrongful termination (employee and employer), trade secret violations, discrimination, whistleblower, general business, franchise disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, workers’ compensation audits, real estate, creditor representation, construction, and lender liability. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented one of the largest paper manufacturers in the world in a complex commercial dispute.
  • Attained a substantial jury verdict for construction client in breach of contract suit.
  • Successfully opposed a lawsuit for specific performance for property owner.
  • Obtained a judgment against employee who embezzled $2.5 million from employer.
  • Successfully challenged state compensation insurance fund audits, saving clients over $2 million in premiums.
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar arbitration award for medical group against large medical provider, based on breach of contract and fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully defended numerous employers in employment litigation matters.
  • Successfully represented hotel owner in a suit for breach of contract and fraud against its corporate manager.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Palmer has consulted with major corporations concerning methods of improving management and is a former business law and real estate instructor at Coastline Community College.


Mr. Palmer is a frequent contributor to the firm's various publications.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member


J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
B.A., Michigan State University


  • 1979, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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