James C. Pettis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Hermosa Beach, CA

Pettis Law Firm LLP
 | 2447 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 100
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: 213-545-6448
Fax: 213-816-1966
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney James C. Pettis is the founder of Pettis Law Firm in Hermosa Beach, California. Recognized by his peers as one of the leading trial attorneys in Southern California, Mr. Pettis has more than 17 years of legal experience, and he has successfully handled hundreds of complex civil litigations for clients across his region in both state and federal courts for matters involving any of the following and more:

·       Aviation accidents

·       Business disputes

·       Discrimination, harassment and other employment law violations

·       Fair employment and housing issues

·       Environmental contamination

·       Insurance disputes

·       Intellectual property disputes

·       Personal injury and mass torts

·       Wrongful death claims

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Pettis has also provided invaluable general business counsel and transactional services for commercial clients regarding business formation and planning, operations and best practices, regulatory compliance, contracts, intellectual property protections, and much more. He also delivers exceptional guidance and defense for commercial clients who are under investigation from the government for alleged FAA, OSHA and NTSB violations.

A 1998 cum laude graduate of Washington State University, Mr. Pettis attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Pettis served in the U.S. Navy as a plane captain, and he won the National Defense Service Medal for his service during the Persian Gulf war.

An active member of The State Bar of California and other professional legal organizations, Mr. Pettis also supports his local community through his involvement with the Southern Poverty Law Center and through his volunteer service with A Place Called Home, which offers a safe haven for at-risk and marginalized youth throughout South Central Los Angeles.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Aviation and Aerospace
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Toxic Torts, Aviation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010, 2013

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About James Pettis

Admitted: 2002, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.pettislawfirm.com/jim-pettis


  • A Place Called Home (a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles for underserved youth), volunteer, Martial arts (Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Muay Thai)
  • “Rising Star”, 2010-2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014-2020

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • California, 2002

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Southern Poverty Law Center - Friends of the Center

Educational Background:

  • Washington State University, B.A., Cum Laude, 1998
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Office Location for James C. Pettis

2447 Pacific Coast Hwy
Suite 100
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Phone: 213-545-6448

Fax: 213-816-1966

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Last Updated: 10/23/2020

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