Monday, July 10, 2017

James R. Lewis named as Super Lawyer!



For the fifth time, James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super LawyersMr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California for 2017. Since 2012, Mr. Lewis has been recognized by his peers and the community as one of the best lawyers in Northern California.  Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.  James R. Lewis selection as a Super Lawyer will be featured in the August 2017 issue of Sactown Magazine.

Friday, July 8, 2016

James R. Lewis named as Super Lawyer!


For the fourth time, James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super LawyersMr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California for 2016. Since 2012, Mr. Lewis has been recognized by his peers and the community as one of the best lawyers in Northern California.  Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.  James R. Lewis selection as a Super Lawyer will be featured in the August 2016 issue of Sac Town Magazine.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

James R. Lewis named to Sacramento Magazine's 2015 Top Lawyers

James R. Lewis was named to Sacramento Magazine's 2015 Top Lawyers list in the category of Personal Injury General, which appears in the August 2015 issue.

James R. Lewis named to CCTLA Board of Directors

James R. Lewis was named today as the newest member of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) Board of Directors. CCTLA is the voice of and for Sacramento Trial Attorneys. Founded in the early 1950s to create a meaningful source of information about Sacramento juries, CCTLA has grown into an effective guild of trial advocates. CCTLA serves its members as liason to the courts, as providers of meaningful continuing legal education, as a network of the exchange of ideas and experiences and as a representative to Consumer Attorneys of California.

Monday, November 24, 2014

James R. Lewis named 2014 Top Attorneys - Northern CA's Outstanding Young Lawyers S.F. Magazine


James R. Lewis received the 2014 Top Attorneys - Northern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers recognition as published in San Francisco Magazine.
  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

James R. Lewis Named (Again) to Super Lawyers Rising Stars

For the third consecutive year, James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Northern California for 2014. Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Surprise! In order to compel arbitration, the other party must have signed the arbitration agreement

California's Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court's denial of an employer's petition to compel arbitration of a sexual harassment claim, based on....the fact that the employee never signed the new employee handbook which contained a mandatory arbitration clause for all employment matters.  The employer argued that the employee knew the clause existed, and she was in charge of getting all employees (including herself) to sign the employee handbook.  The appellate court again denied the employer's petition to compel arbitration, stating "the trial court properly inferred from [employee's] election not to sign the arbitration agreement that she did not intend to be bound by it."  Further evidence of the old adage, "GET IT IN WRITING"

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wrongful Death Claims Settled...

My clients were the wife and three adult daughters of husband "Joe".  Joe died in the hospital from injuries he sustained two weeks prior  in a two-vehicle car accident on the interstate.  Joe was a passenger in his drunk friend's car when his friend rear-ended a legally stopped vehicle.  The driver's insurance company (another large national company) was quick to settle, but on its terms.  It quickly tendered its policy limit to my clients but it wanted my clients to prove a negative, namely that Medi-Care did NOT have a right to reimbursement from the settlement.  Medi-Care had already confirmed, in writing, that it did not pay any bills for Joe and therefore was not seeking reimbursement.  This was not good enough for the insurance company, because it knew Joe was a Medi-Care member and it wanted to know why Medi-Care did not pay.  After months of convincing and stating the same facts over and over, the insurance company saw the light and paid its policy limits to my four well-deserving clients.  I was happy to bring closure to this family and help them move on.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Insurance carrier denies any other policies apply...WRONG

My client, a passenger in a vehicle driven by her cousin, was ejected when the vehicle hydroplanes on a wet highway.  She was taken by ambulance to the ER with severe injuries including a traumatic brain injury.  The cousin was driving her uncle's vehicle.  The uncle only has $50,000 in coverage, which is quickly tendered to my client.  The driver did not have her own auto coverage, or so we are told.  My client's medical bills exceed $1,500,000.00.  Luckily a government program gets involved and pays them all.  Nonetheless, client is still severely injured and the large national insurance company is pushing the $50,000 policy limit.  After months of questions, letters, filing suit and subpoenaing people for depositions I confirm that there is an additional auto policy for $25,000, which was the driver's mother's policy.  It extended to the daughter via a standard "resident relative" clause in every auto policy.  Although small consolation or compensation for her injuries the additional $25,000.00 was important to my client.  It was also something additional that the large national insurance company had claimed did not exist.  It was ready to lie and pressure my client into signing away everything for only $50,000, for what the insurance company was positive was the only available coverage.  Lesson learned here: DO NOT TRUST AN INSURANCE COMPANY, EVEN YOUR OWN, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

Friday, July 6, 2012

James R. Lewis Honored by SUPER LAWYERS

James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers.  Mr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Northern California for 2012.  Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Judge Pro Tem Experience

I volunteered four hours this morning at the Placer County Superior Court as an appointed Judge Pro Tem.  Handed two cases to try and help resolve.  One was a smaller case, with an in pro per plaintiff and a large national insurance carrier on the defense.  Both parties were reasonable, put their confidence in me, and we negotiated a respectable resolution that removed risk for all involved, save thousands in litigation expenses and preserved court resources.  My experience and reputation with the defense attorney and claims representative from the carrier were important in efficiently resolving the case.  Other case involved an injury causation dispute from a major motor vehicle accident.  This was the type of case on which reasonable minds could differ, which they did and continue to do.  Neither party was mean or disrespectful about their positions, but were firm in their principles.  And both were prepared for trial in two weeks.  Despite spending two hours with the parties, could not come to any common ground.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Get Inside Your Opponent's Head!

Author and Forbes magazine columnist Victoria Pynchon writes, "In short, negotiation requires hard heads rather than soft hearts".  Despite what you might think about the other side and their motivations, the parties have to work collaboratively to resolve the dispute.  While it might not be overt collaboration, the process of recognizing the other party's perspective, accounting for it and responding to it with respectful disagreement or alternatives is collaboration.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

James R. Lewis appointed as panelist Pro Tem Judge for settlement conferences in Placer County Superior Court

Mr. Lewis was appointed today as a panelist Pro Tem Judge for settlement conferences in Placer County Superior Court.  Members of the panel are respected, experienced attorneys who volunteer their time to assist the Court and civil litigants in resolving disputes before trial, which in turn preserves judicial resources and ensures timely access to the Courts for cases of all types.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

James R. Lewis appointed to exclusive membership of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

James R. Lewis was appointed to the exclusive membership of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a collection of the best trial attorneys in the United States.  Mr. Lewis joins an elite group of fewer than 200 California attorneys who have secured verdicts, settlements or awards for their client in excess of $1,000,000.00.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Congress woefully slow to act on ADR bills

Check out this excellent status of bills pending in Congress on a broad swath of ADR provisions in a variety of everyday disputes, from cell phones to corn.