James joined Shopoff & Cavallo in 2005, after gaining experience in business and antitrust litigation, in addition to patent prosecution work for a Bay Area microarray company. His practice focuses on complex business disputes, including civil, business, anti-trust, and intellectual property litigation. James has participated in trials in both state and federal courts, and has also successfully represented clients in arbitration. In addition, James has beneficially resolved many disputes for clients without the need for a formal complaint or costly trial.
James’ practice also includes appellate work in California state and federal courts, as well as before the Federal Circuit and United States Supreme Court.
As an undergraduate, James conducted research in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and was honored with the Organic Chemistry Achievement Award for his graduating class.
- Thiara v. Kiernan, et al. Represented plaintiff in a shareholder derivative action against his former business partner in a dispute over misappropriation of the hedge fund’s intellectual property and other assets.
- Law Firm v. Tegal Corp. Represented defendant in a complex contract interpretation dispute with former law firm.
- CSS Potato Farms, LLC v. Sierra Farms, Inc. Represented defendant in action for involuntary dissolution and subsequent shareholder derivative complaint based on alleged competition with joint partnership.
- Shum v. Intel. Represented plaintiff in patent ownership dispute on appeal in the Federal Circuit, and subsequently the United State Supreme Court, on legal, evidentiary, and jurisdictional issues.
- Goss and Berlin v. Scheinman. Represented defendant, the owners of a building which included plaintiffs’ restaurant, in a six week trial regarding alleged fraudulent inducement into the lease and supposed misrepresentations regarding square footage.
- California Natural Products v. E&M Electric and Machinery. Represented plaintiff in a complex dispute with automation software company regarding quality of programming services performed in Spain.
- Masters v. Boston Scientific. Represented plaintiff in a successful district court trial against his employer related to prematurely terminated employee stock options.
- Rain CII Carbon, LLC v. Cadogan. Represented respondent and counter-claimant in arbitration with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution regarding contractual obligations arising out of the sale of the company and over funds held pursuant to complex escrow agreement.
- Lake Street v. Amoro Corp. Represented plaintiff in action against investment manager related to the return of funds and usury laws. Resulted in a judgment in favor of client in excess of $1 million.
- Abel v. Abel. Represented plaintiff in four week trial related to his father’s estate; which included issues of elder abuse, capacity, and undue influence.
- Soares v. Soares. Successfully represented corporation against multiple attempts to have it joined in marital dissolution proceeding involving one of its shareholders.
- Law Firm v. Eastbridge Partners. Represented defendant investment entity in an arbitration brought by former law firm regarding complex partnership liability issues.