Mr. Bohm is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States District Court (Central and Southern Districts of California) and to the United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit).
Area of Practice
Mr. Bohm enjoys extensive experience in both insurance law and business litigation and has represented Fortune 500 companies in various complex business litigation involving claims related to the acquisition of companies, contract disputes, and wrongful termination claims. He has represented numerous companies in coverage and insurance bad faith disputes. Additional areas of focus include substantial trial experience in business related matters.
Mr. Bohm possesses a broad range of extensive trial experience in major cases. Some examples of Mr. Bohm's verdicts and awards obtained on behalf of his clients have included:
Obtained a $2 million award for a Fortune 500 client following an extensive jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court where claims of over $12 million were brought against that client relating to the divestiture of one of its subsidiaries.
Successfully defended a real estate agent alleged to have breached her fiduciary duties to her client by purchasing her client's prospective property and obtaining a secret profit therefrom. No resulting liability attached to the agent.
Obtained a fraud verdict against a publicly traded leasing company in favor of a major wholesale food distributor, in claims relating to the leasing company's contract and selling practices. This was the first successful lawsuit in over 200 similar cases wherein a verdict against the leasing company was obtained. The leasing company was represented by one of the nation's top law firms and spent over $5 million in attorney's fees.
Successfully defended a company that was alleged to be a joint venture partner with a debtor company, in an action brought by the debtor company's creditor, resulting in no liability to the client.
Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $300,000 for a property owner client whose property sustained water damage from an adjoining landowner.
Obtained a complete defense verdict after a six week jury trial wherein our client, the president of an automobile manufacturing company, was accused of fraud, conversion and securities violations by an investor in and creditor of his company. Plaintiffs sought over $12 million in damages and were represented by a nationally known trial lawyer (who was a lead prosecutor in the government's case against Ken Lay and Jeffery Skilling of 'Enron' fame). It was reported that this attorney had never previously "lost a case". Plaintiffs spent millions of dollars in prosecuting the matter and had up to seven lawyers representing them at trial. Our client had only one lawyer defending the case: James G. Bohm.
Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1987
Honors: Recipient, West Publishing Company's Award
Honors: Highest Scholastic Average, 1984-85
Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards
Law Review: Pepperdine Law Review, California Survey Editor, 1986 - 1987
University of California, Los Angeles, California
B.A. - 1984
"California Supreme Court Survey, September 1985-1986," 13 Pepperdine Law Review 861, 1101, 1986
Co-Editor and Co-Author, "Petroleum Marketing Practices Act Update" (1989-90)
"Prosecuting Your Business Tort Claims: A Defense Perspective," 2003
Speaker, "Extricating Your Company From the Deathgrip Lease" and "Selecting and Monitoring Outside Counsel," ICN Conference on High Technology Procurement, 2001
Moderator, "Jury Selection, Opening Statement and Closing Argument," "Trying The Business Punitive Damages Case," Association of Business Trial Lawyers 30th Annual Seminar, 2003
Moderator, "When Things Go Wrong," Association of Business Trial Lawyers 33rd Annual Conference, 2006
Professional Associations and Memberships
Orange County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1996 - 2003
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors
Orange County Chapter, 2001 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Member
State Bar of California, Member
State Bar of California, Resolutions Committee
State Bar of California, Section on Civil Procedure, Section Head
Frontera Investments, Inc., General Counsel, 2008 - Present
Past Employment Positions
Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, LLP (now Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP), Administrative Partner
Pro Bono Activities
Elected to the 2004 Presidential Elector College
Commissioner, Orange County Sheriff's Advisory Council, 2005 - Present
Board of Visitors, Pepperdine University, School of Law, 2008 - Present
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