James K. Roberts is an experienced attorney, having been admitted to the California Bar over fifteen years.
Mr. Roberts obtained his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977, graduating with honors. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1980.
During law school, Mr. Roberts clerked for the California Attorney General.
Mr. Roberts is a co-author of CEB, Civil Procedure Before Trial, 3rd Ed. He is author of California Representing Victims of Crime. He has also authored published magazine articles on various issues of civil procedure, including the issues of joint and several liability and the relationship of criminal cases and civil cases.
Mr. Roberts has served on the Civil Procedure Committee of CAOC since 1993. In that capacity, he reviews and comments on all proposed statutory changes affecting civil procedure before the California Legislature.
He is a certified Judge Pro-Tem for the Santa Clara County Municipal Court and served as a board member of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association from 1990-1991.
Mr. Roberts has tried in excess of 40 cases, including over 15 jury trials. He has participated in over 100 arbitrations as attorney or arbitrator. He has tried in excess of 30 administrative trials.
Mr. Roberts serves on the arbitration panels of the Santa Clara Superior Court and Santa Clara County Bar Association.
Mr. Roberts is admitted to practice before: The Supreme Court of California; US District Court, Northern District of California; US District Court, Eastern District of California; US District Court, Southern District of California; US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Roberts has participated in excess of 10 appeals, and numerous writs.
Major cases Mr. Roberts has handled include:
Martinez v. KSOL, class action. (The free tools on the Bay Bridge case.)
Barroero v. Barroero, multi-jurisdictional dispute involving ownership interest in the Los Angeles Raiders. Multiple parties received substantial settlement following years of litigation on first day of trial.
Vitug v. Griffin, wrongful death claims. He was associated into the case following the filing of a motion of dismissal as to a significant defendant. The published appellate opinion expanded tort liability of receivers in property management and altered notice requirements related to discharge of receivers in California. This case merits three pages of discussion in a major legal publication (Witkin), in three separate sections.
Magnett v. Saratoga Savings, Resolution Trust Corp., complex RTC litigation involving multiple parties.
ETS v. VLSI Technology, complex computer industry litigation.
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