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 - 2022
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 who have been injured or whose  constitutional rights have been violated.

    

Trial Lawyer For The People

James DeSimone Law represents clients who cannot afford a lawyer on a contingency fee basis. Some of DeSimone’s recent trial victories include:

  • DeSimone represented Plaintiff Yowan Yang at trial where a jury awarded $7,393,540 in an employment retaliation case. The Defendant, a major corporation, terminated Mr. Yang because of his involvement in an incident where he was the victim of workplace violence. Plaintiff Yang proved that the assailant was acting in the course and scope of employment when he threatened and assaulted Yang resulting in a verdict under California civil rights law.
  • DeSimone was the lead trial attorney in the case of Harris v. City of Los Angeles, where a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded his client $1,686,000.00 in compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of a disabled man who was subjected to excessive force by the LAPD.
  • DeSimone was lead counsel in Nicole Birden, v. UC. Regents achieving a $1,576,000 verdict on behalf of an  African American phlebotomist, who was terminated from  UCLA Hospital in Santa Monica, after she made complaints of discrimination and harassment.
  • DeSimone was lead trial counsel in the case of Xue Lu et al. v United States America, and achieved a $1,200,000 verdict on behalf of the two Plaintiffs, where an asylum officer employed by the United States, demanded sex and money in return for approving asylum applications. DeSimone’s fifteen year legal battle on behalf of the two Plaintiff’s resulted in the California Lawyer Magazine, sponsored by the State Bar of California, naming him Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2014.
  • DeSimone was lead trial counsel in the case of Alicia Benham v. Walgreens et al.,achieving a $2,100,000 jury verdict on behalf of a female customer of Walgreens for false arrest and civil rights violations. The $2,100,000 verdict is believed to be the largest verdict ever in a false arrest case involving one night in jail. This remarkable achievement resulted in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles nominating DeSimone for Trial Lawyer of the Year.
  • DeSimone was lead counsel in the case of Roozrokh v. Loma Linda University Medical Center, venued in San Bernardino, where the jury awarded $1,500,000 in a defamation action on behalf of a transplant surgeon who made ethical complaints against the Director of Transplant Surgery. In the ensuing investigation, defamatory statements were made against Dr. Roozrokh also resulting in a punitive damage finding against the Director of Transplant Surgery.
  • In May of 2017, he was lead counsel in the case of “DG” v. City of Los Angeles and achieved a $885,000.00 judgment, with a finding that the off-duty police officer was acting under Color of Law and in the course and scope of employment when he assaulted Plaintiff while arresting him for an alleged kidnapping.
  • In December of 2018, DeSimone was lead counsel in Lopez v. Wheel Group Holdings Inc. and achieved a $515,000 verdict in a wrongful termination in violation of public policy case, when a corporation fired its employee because she had Cancer.

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 CAALA's Advocate, CAOC's Forum Magazine, 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

Selections

14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

About V. James DeSimone

Admitted: 1985, California

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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $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. 

Pro bono/Community Service

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

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

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

Educational Background

  • Johns Hopkins University, 1981

Videos

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

Honors/Awards

  • 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

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

Last Updated: 6/14/2021

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