Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
- Los Angeles, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
- Law Practice
Jim Burgess's Overview
- Partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
- Associate at Graham & James
- Summer Associate at Graham & James
- Legislative Assistant/Law Clerk at Pettit & Martin
- Legislative Assistant at United States Congress
- Assistant Campaign Manager at Congressional Campaign
- University of Southern California Gould School of Law
- Claremont McKenna College
- Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution -- Pepperdine University Law School
St. Paul High School
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 App. 4th 480, Fenton v. Balick (E.D.Pa. 2011) 821 F. Supp.2d 755, 2011 WL 5248140, and unpublished but citable cases include Stern v. Sony Corp.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.
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 1995 – Present (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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Government Agency; 11-50 employees; Government Administration industry
January 1985 – August 1987 (2 years 8 months)
Worked for Congressman handling issues before the Judiciary Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. Handled constituent relations.
Jim Burgess' Organizations
Legal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesBoard 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 SchoolBoard 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 LawyersBoard 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 CourtVoluntary 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 AwardCatholic Charities of Los Angeles
- October 2011
For outstanding parish and community service.
Southern California Super LawyersThomson 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 RatingMartindale-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 ServicesState Bar of California
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
1988 – 1990
Order of the Coif
BA, Philosophy and Political Science
1980 – 1984
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
2014 – 2014
1986 – 1987
Honors in Legal Research and Writing.
St. Paul High School
1976 – 1980
Activities and Societies: Model United Nations Outstanding Delegate Award, Social Science Award
Jim Burgess' Publications
- Los Angeles Daily Journal
- March 4, 2005
Jim Burgess' Skills & Expertise
- Trial Advocacy
- Appellate Advocacy
- International Arbitration
- Legal Writing
- Commercial Arbitration
- Class Actions
- Breach Of Contract
- Commercial Litigation
- Legal Research
- Civil Litigation
- Trial Practice