Jim Burgess

Jim Burgess

Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Location
Los Angeles, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
Industry
Law Practice

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Jim Burgess's Overview

Current
Past
  • Associate at Graham & James
  • Summer Associate at Graham & James
  • Legislative Assistant/Law Clerk at Pettit & Martin
Education
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution -- Pepperdine University Law School
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Jim Burgess' Summary

Trial attorney who represents businesses in all phases of litigation. Specializes in class actions and cases under the Unfair Competition Law (Business and Professions Code Section 17200). Has significant experience representing insurers in claims handling, underwriting, coverage and premium disputes. Also represents clients in disputes concerning merger and asset purchase agreements. Cases typically involve allegations of breach of contract, unfair competition and commercial torts such as insurance bad faith, fraud and interference with contract. Also handles cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, as well as intellectual property disputes, including trade secret, copyright and trademark cases, and product defect/breach of warranty disputes. Represents clients in a broad range of industries, including entertainment, health care, insurance, real estate, manufacturing, retail, technology and internet companies.

Admitted in all courts in the State of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the US District Courts for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (pro hac vice), and the Southern District of Texas (pro hac vice).

Published cases include Advanced Building Maintenance v. State Compensation Insurance Fund (1996) 49 Cal. App. 4th 1388, Scheffield Medical Group, Inc. v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (1999) 70 Cal. App. 4th 868, Conversive, Inc. v. Conversagent, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2006) 433 F.Supp.2d 1079, 79 U.S.P.Q.2d 1284, Mitan v. Feeney (C.D.Cal. 2007) 497 F.Supp.2d 1113, 68 Fed.R.Serv.3d 809, Koszdin v. State Compensation Ins. Fund (2010) 186 Cal. App. 4th 480, Fenton v. Balick (E.D.Pa. 2011) 821 F. Supp.2d 755, 2011 WL 5248140, and unpublished but citable cases include Stern v. Sony Corp. (C.D.Cal. 2010) 2010 WL 8022226; affirmed in Stern v. Sony Corp. (9th Cir. 2011) 2011 WL 5854299.

Specialties

Trial attorney, class actions, insurance bad faith, trade secrets, unfair competition, 17200, Unruh Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, breach of warranty, product defect, breach of contract, interference with contract, fraud, litigation, real estate litigation, corporate litigation, antitrust, idea submission, copyright and trademark infringement.

Jim Burgess' Experience

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

February 1995Present (19 years 8 months) Century City

Represents businesses in all phases of litigation, including through trial and appeal. Trial counsel for defendants in the following lawsuits, each of which resulted in a defense verdict/judgment after a jury/bench trial: A&J Liquor v. State Fund (a $2 billion class action), Ronald L. Wolfe & Associates, Inc. v. State Fund (an insurance bad faith case), Westrup v. Nordstrom, (a 17200 class action involving sales tax reimbursements), Atlas Mill Supply, Inc. v. State Fund (an insurance bad faith case).

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Associate

Graham & James

September 1990February 1995 (4 years 6 months)

Represented businesses in commercial litigation.

Summer Associate

Graham & James

May 1989August 1989 (4 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Legal Research and Writing

Legislative Assistant/Law Clerk

Pettit & Martin

August 1987August 1988 (1 year 1 month)

Represented businesses in lobbying the United States Congress, the Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission concerning the Trade Bill, product regulation and tariffs.

Legislative Assistant

United States Congress

Government Agency; 11-50 employees; Government Administration industry

January 1985August 1987 (2 years 8 months)

Worked for Congressman handling issues before the Judiciary Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. Handled constituent relations.

Assistant Campaign Manager

Congressional Campaign

June 1984December 1984 (7 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Opposition research, precinct strategy, managed volunteer effort

Jim Burgess' Organizations

  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

    Board Member, Executive Committee and Secretary
    • March 2013 to Present

    For 80 years, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) has provided civil legal services to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County. Nearly 12,000 individuals and families are provided with legal services annually and an additional 35, 000 litigants are helped through LAFLA’s four Self Help Legal Access Centers. Another 20,000 are assisted through referrals, workshops and community outreach activities.

  • Marymount High School

    Board Member, Executive Committee, Secretary, Chair of the Development Committee (2012), Chair of Trustee Committee (2013-14)
    • July 2010 to Present

    Marymount is an independent, all-girls Catholic high school that was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1923. Marymount is a college preparatory school dedicated to fostering ethical leaders, and regularly sends a large number of students to highly selective colleges and universities. Marymount's mission is "that all may have life and have it to the full."

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

    Board Member
    • July 2009 to March 2013

    The ABTL was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1972 to develop a better forum for the discussion of business trials, including an effort to promote communication between the bench and bar.

  • Los Angeles Superior Court

    Voluntary Mediation Program
    • July 2006 to June 2013

    Volunteered as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court's Voluntary Mediation Program.

Jim Burgess' Honors and Awards

  • Scott and Jean Adam Light of Christ Award

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
    • October 2011

    For outstanding parish and community service.

  • Southern California Super Lawyers

    Thomson Reuters, 2012 to the present

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • AV Preeminent Rating

    Martindale-Hubbell, 2005 to the present

    An AV® certification mark shows that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

  • Wiley W. Manual Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services

    State Bar of California
    • 2010

    The Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services was created in 1989 to recognize the contributions of the many lawyers, law students, paralegals and secretaries in California who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of low-income clients.

Jim Burgess' Education

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

J.D., Law

19881990

Order of the Coif

Claremont McKenna College

BA, Philosophy and Political Science

19801984

Philosophy Department Award.

Activities and Societies: Editor of the Claremont Journal of Philosophy.

Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution -- Pepperdine University Law School

Mediating the Litigated Case

20142014

The George Washington University Law School

Law

19861987

Honors in Legal Research and Writing.

St. Paul High School

19761980

Activities and Societies: Model United Nations Outstanding Delegate Award, Social Science Award

Jim Burgess' Publications

Jim Burgess' Skills & Expertise

  1. Trial Advocacy
  2. Appellate Advocacy
  3. Negotiation
  4. Mediation
  5. International Arbitration
  6. Depositions
  7. Legal Writing
  8. Commercial Arbitration
  9. Class Actions
  10. Litigation
  11. Trials
  12. Arbitration
  13. Breach Of Contract
  14. Commercial Litigation
  15. Legal Research
  16. Courts
  17. Civil Litigation
  18. Trial Practice

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