James Dennis Menke

James Dennis Menke: Attorney with Menke & Menke, LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Menke & Menke, LLP (2 Attorneys)
  • 625 The City Drive South, Suite 190, Orange, CA 92868
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James Menke's practice focuses on all areas of civil litigation with an emphasis on the representation of business and real property clients. Mr. Menke began practicing in 1997 as an associate attorney in a reputable Costa Mesa law firm. As an associate, Mr. Menke honed his litigation skills while representing a variety of clients, including: business owners, real estate brokers, shopping center owners, general and limited partners, officers of corporations, doctors, and even other attorneys. Mr. Menke has participated in 10 trials, including 3 jury trials, as well as 5 appeals.

Prior to the formation of Menke & Menke, LLP, Mr. Menke worked for a local homebuilder. His duties included: dispute resolution, litigation, managing outside counsel, obtaining City general plan and zone changes, processing tentative and final maps, preparing option and purchase agreements, acquiring easements and other property rights, coordinating with the Department of Real Estate regarding the issuance of public reports, forming entities, drafting loan documents, reviewing and securing insurance policies, negotiating with lenders and sureties, and communicating with investors.
Representative Experience:

--- Multi-million Dollar jury verdict for distributor client on cross-complaint for fraud, conversion, interference with prospective economic advantage, breach of contract, and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing against multi-national corporation and its president.
--- Jury verdict in favor of real estate developer client sued by an investor. Pursuant to a contractual provision, attorney's fees were recovered.
--- Reversal on appeal of municipal court's order denying motion to set-aside default judgment and to transfer the action to superior court.
--- Favorable settlement for apartment owner client in personal injury case by successfully cross-complaining for indemnity by a third party even after that party had been dismissed as a defendant on a statute of limitations defense.
--- Tested the limits of the broker-arranged loan exemption (i.e. California Constitution Article XV §1(2) and California Civil Code §1916.1) to California's usury laws in Park Terrace Limited v. Teasdale (2002) 100 Cal.App.4th 802. This case has been cited in Miller & Starr, The Rutter Group, and Cal Jur 3d.
--- Recovered six figure settlement for commercial real estate broker for commission earned even though the broker did not have a written compensation agreement with the defendants.
--- Closed over $100,000,000 in acquisition and construction loans from institutional lenders, private equity "hard money" lenders, and private investor syndicates.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Real Estate Development

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
949-579-9315  Phone
949-386-2460  Phone
949-606-7284  Fax
University Attended:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, B.S., 1992
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997, California
Orange County Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Business Litigation; Real Estate; Small Firm); State Bar of California.
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4.7/5.0 (15 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 12/30/15 in Real Estate Development

    I have known James Menke for over 20 years and referred many clients to him. All my referred clients have been extremely pleased with his representation.

    I have known James Menke for over 20 years and referred many clients to him. All my referred clients have been extremely pleased with his representation. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 12/28/15 in Real Estate

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