James Q. McDermott


James McDermott, our business litigation and employment litigation and counseling practice chair, prioritizes his clients’ needs in the earliest stages of their cases. His advice on employee retention and termination before litigation helps keep clients away from courtrooms in the first place. However, Jim is a trial expert who identifies when litigation makes sense for his clients or can’t be avoided.

Whether in a courtroom or consulting with clients outside of litigation, Jim draws upon two decades of business law practice to maximize the outcome of the cases he handles. Jim is a Martindale-Hubbard AV-rated attorney with a law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. While a law student he reviewed handwritten prisoner appeals and conducted research related to an encryption software patent dispute while serving as an extern for the Honorable Spencer Williams of the Federal District Court in San Francisco. Jim also has a B.A. in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas and an M.A. in Political Science and Government from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jim honed an early interest in Eastern European history before studying law by studying at the Herder Institute of Karl Marx University in Leipzig, Germany. Currently, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and three children when he’s not practicing law. His passions also include diving and motorcycle rides in Southern California.

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Ventura County Bar Association (Board Member)


  • J.D., University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1997
  • M.A., University of Dallas, Political Philosophy, 1994
  • Attended, Karl Marx University, Herder Institute (Leipzig, Germany)
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, Political Science, cum laude, 1991


  • Ventura County Taxpayers Association (Board Member)

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