James is counsel in Reed Smith’s Complex Litigation Group, the Associate Development Attorney for Reed Smith’s Northern California offices, and a member of the San Francisco office’s hiring committee and summer associate mentor committee. James’ practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitrations for companies in a variety of business sectors, including financial services, transportation, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, hospitality, and most recently, the on-demand gig economy. James is experienced at all phases of litigation, from initial case assessment and strategy development, to writing dispositive motions, to conducting all forms of discovery, to trying cases to verdict, which James has done successfully numerous times.
James understands that every legal strategy decision is ultimately a business decision, and therefore, James views himself as a “partner” in his clients’ business operations, rather than merely a vendor of legal services. Whether that means developing an innovative alternative fee arrangement that suits his clients’ needs for a particular case, to coming up with creative settlement constructs, to trying a case on the merits when necessary, James always
litigates with an eye toward putting his clients’ “big picture” objectives first.
James is also committed to pro bono work and civic work. James has recently represented, pro bono, San Francisco tenants facing eviction, and a Santa Cruz-based environmental group seeking to transfer land to the United States Bureau of Land Management for conservation purposes in litigation challenging the transfer. James also volunteers with First Graduate, a San Francisco non-profit organization dedicated to helping students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college.