V. James DeSimone

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Marina Del Rey, CA

V. James DeSimone Law
 | 13160 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: 310-693-5561
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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    Since establishing the law office of V. James Desimone Law, Jim DeSimone has been an advocate for clients dealing with issues of civil and employment rights throughout the country, but particularly in the state of California. Dedicated to ethical and vigorous representation for every citizen, he is passionate about protecting those whose constitutional rights have been violated.

    After graduating in 1991 from Johns Hopkins University, Jim DeSimone went on to UCLA where he earned a law degree in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in California since then. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

    Jim DeSimone is a sponsor of the Venice Community Housing Corporation, an honorary board member of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities and a member of the following organizations: the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Santa Monica Bar Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

    A prolific writer with many honors and awards behind his name, Jim DeSimone has published legal articles for different publications, including the ABA Small Practice and Solo Practitioner Journal, the AVVO website and the bulletin for the California Employment Lawyers Association. He also appears regularly on local radio shows to discuss employment law topics and is one of KNX News’ guest contributors.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 40%Civil Rights
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

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    About James DeSimone

    Admitted: 1985, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.vjamesdesimonelaw.com/attorney-profiles/v-james-...


    • Best Lawyers of America, 2017
    • Top 10 and Top 20 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the State of California and Top 50 or Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyer in the State of California, Daily Journal, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014
    • CLAY Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year Award, 2014
    • Trial Attorney of the Year, Westside Bar Association, 2017
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, nominated, 2008

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Supreme Court of the State of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
    • California, 1985
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
    • Santa Monica Bar Association, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Venice Community Housing Corporation, Sponsor
    • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Honorary Board Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Authored an article published on the AVVO web-site entitled “What is Sexual Harassment.”
    • Keynote Speaker at Southwestern University School of Law's Public Interest Week, 2013
    • One of the featured speakers at the Los Angeles County Bar's Seminar on Successful Trial Techniques in Employment Law Litigation, 2007
    • Spoke at the California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference on the topic of Winning Don't Come Easy, Tales from Trial Lawyers in the Trenches, 2007
    • Spoke on a panel hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association on the topic of Mastering the Mediation Process, Strategies and Secrets to Maximize Results, 2010
    • Spoke at a meeting of the Orange County Employment Lawyers Association on the topic of Maximizing Emotional Distress Damages in Mediation and Arbitration, 2010
    • Panelist for the National Employment Lawyer's Association's Seminar on Trial Advocacy for the Plaintiff's Employment Lawyer on the topic of Direct Examination, 2011
    • Featured speaker at the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles Annual Conference on Hot Topics in Employment Law, 2011
    • Spoke at the California Employment Lawyer's Association's Annual Conference on the topic of Social Media for Employment Law Firms, 2011
    • Spoke at California Employment Lawyer’s Association Employment Law Overview for employment law summer clerks, 2012
    • Spoke at the Los Angeles County Bar’s seminar on the topic of employment law torts and contract causes of action, 2013
    • Panelist at an event hosted by the Santa Monica Bar Association on the Secrets to Success at Trial, 2013
    • On a panel sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association Los Angeles Chapter speaking on trial tactics, 2014
    • Panelist on the topic of civil rights trials in State and Federal Court hosted by the Mexican American Bar Association, 2015
    • Speaker and Instructor, California Employment Lawyers Association’s Trial Lawyer College, 2015
    • Instructed at CELA’s 2014 Trial Lawyer College.
    • Authored an article for the ABA Small Practice and Solo Practitioner Journal entitled "Employment Policies and Workplace Responsibility"
    • Authored an article in the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations of Los Angeles entitled "Discovery in Employment Civil Rights Cases: Finding Where the Bodies are Buried", 2006
    • Co-authored an article for the California Employment Lawyer's Association September 2009 Bulletin entitled, "CONTEXT MATTERS: EXAMINING THE ADMISSIBILITY OF 'OTHER EMPLOYEE/SUPERVISOR' EVIDENCE IN FEHA DISCRIMINATION CASES."
    • Authored an op ed piece for the Daily Journal entitled “Sexual Harassment Bill is Necessary to Fix the Law”, 2013
    • “We need Peace Officers, its Time for Crisis Intervention Training was published in Truthout and CELA Voice", 2014
    • “Non-Economic Damages: Destination to a Fair Outcome” was published in Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles’ Advocate Magazine", 2015


    • $2.9 Million Settlement - Wrongful Death caused by a police chokehold
    • $2.5 Million Settlement - Wrongful Death of a mentally ill graduate student shot by the California State University San Bernardino police 
    • $4 Million Settlement - Wrongful Death caused by LAPD officer's unjustified use of excessive force.
    • $1.2 Million Verdict - on behalf of two plaintiffs who were accosted for sex and money by a United States asylum officer.
    • $7.4 Million Verdict - Workplace Violence and Wrongful Termination
    • $2.1 Million Verdict - on behalf of a female customer of Walgreens for false arrest and civil rights violations. Believed to be the largest verdict ever in a false arrest case.

    Representative Clients:

    • Jim DeSimone represents people whose Constitutional rights have been violated, particularly by police officers and ICE. He also represents individuals who have a dispute with their employer. 


    • http://www.losangelesemploymentlawyer.com, 2010

    Educational Background:

    • Johns Hopkins University, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Rights
    • Discrimination
    • Employment Class Actions
    • Personal Injury
    • Plaintiff
    • Police Misconduct
    • Police Shootings
    • Premises Liability
    • Retaliation
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Slip And Fall
    • Trial Lawyer
    • Wrongful Death
    • Wrongful Termination
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    Office Location for V. James DeSimone

    13160 Mindanao Way
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

    Phone: 310-693-5561

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