Peter W. James

Partner

Los Angeles
T +1.310.979.8421
F +1.310.820.8859

Overview

Peter James combines a business litigation practice with an emphasis on business torts with the representation of school districts in the defense of desegregation, equal protection and other constitutional claims. He is a former litigation chair of BakerHostetler and the former managing partner of the California offices.

Select Experience

  • Spent 30 years as the Los Angeles school district's principal constitutional lawyer. Took over a Los Angeles desegregation case from the remedy stage and resolved it in favor of the client in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Experience

  • Spent 30 years as the Los Angeles school district's principal constitutional lawyer. Took over a Los Angeles desegregation case from the remedy stage and resolved it in favor of the client in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Southern California "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community

  • Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association: Chair (1993 to 1995)
  • Southern California Golf Association: President (1997 to 1998)
  • United States Golf Association Executive Committee (1994 to 2002)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1968
  • California, 1968

Education

  • LL.B., Yale Law School, 1966
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1963