James is an Associate in Maynard Nexsen’s Insurance Litigation practice group and its Appellate and Post-Verdict Litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on defending insurers in a variety of class-action and individual disputes nationwide, including against breach-of-contract and bad-faith claims.

Prior to joining the Firm, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos T. Bea in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also clerked for the Honorable W. Keith Watkins in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. While in law school, James interned for civil and criminal litigation offices in the U.S. Department of Justice, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, and a nonprofit public-interest legal organization.

James was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude. While in law school, James served as the Managing Editor for the American Criminal Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Ave Maria University.

Community & Professional

  • Federal Bar Association
  • California Lawyer’s Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Knights of Columbus – Fourth Degree Knight
  • Civil Air Patrol – Volunteer Member


  • State Bar: California, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court:  California (Northern, Eastern, Central, Southern)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals:  Ninth Circuit


  • Honorable Carlos T. Bea
    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Honorable W. Keith Watkins
    Middle District of Alabama
Jump to Page