James G. Bohm

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Costa Mesa, California

Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP
James G. Bohm
Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1987

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP

600 Anton Blvd
Suite 640
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Visit website


James G. Bohm is a partner at Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP, which is based in Costa Mesa, California. He is an accomplished lawyer with more than three decades of experience practicing law. He caters to a variety of legal requirements from a broad range of practice areas, including but not limited to:

  • Business law
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Consumer law
  • Employment law
  • Personal injury law
  • Wills and trusts

Peer-review rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Bohm has earned the respect of both clients and peers that he has worked with. He assists individuals in the creation, execution and management of trusts that can bypass the intricacies of the probate process. His clientele also includes Fortune 500 companies whom he represents in complex business litigation involving contract disputes and divestiture of assets. 

With extensive experience in handling trials, Mr. Bohm has also driven litigation on behalf of developers, contractors and other professionals in cases related to defect litigation. He has succeeded in saving his clients millions of dollars against claims of plaintiffs in cases related to fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, malpractice and more. He has also won settlements/verdicts worth several millions of dollars for his clients in several cases, including property damage and burglary. 

Mr. Bohm is a Bachelor of Arts graduate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his Juris Doctor degree as a class salutatorian from the Pepperdine University – Caruso School of Law in 1987. He is licensed to practice in Washington and California and is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Central Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

An active part of the legal community, Mr. Bohm showcases professionalism and utilizes the insights he has gained over the years, in each case that he takes on. He is professionally affiliated with the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Orange County Chapter and the Orange County Bar Association. Moreover, he utilizes his time and skills in various community-oriented activities. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation

Focus areas

Will Contests

  • 100% Estate & Trust Litigation

First Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage: https://bohmwildish.com/attorneys/james-g-bohm/

Educational Background:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1984
  • Mr. Bohm received the American Jurisprudence Awards for Contracts, Constitutional Law, Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy, Remedies and Criminal Procedure, American Jurisprudence Awards, American Jurisprudence, 1984
  • Mr. Bohm became a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2016 and is active in the organization, Member, ABOTA, 2016
  • Mr. Bohm graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1987
  • Mr. Bohm was awarded the West Publishing Company Award for having the highest scholastic average in his class in law, West Publishing Company Award for Highest Scholastic Average in Class, West Publishing Company, 1985
  • Mr. Bohm became a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in 2001; Treasurer (2004-2005); Vice-President (2006); President (2007). Mr. Bohm remains active in the organization to date as a past president, President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, "California Supreme Court Survey, September 1985-1986." 13 Pepperdine Law Review 861, 1101 (1986), Pepperdine University, 1986
  • Moderator, “When Things Go Wrong”, Association of Business Trial Lawyers 33rd Annual Conference, (Maui, Hawaii, October 2006)”
  • Moderator, “Jury Selection, Opening Statement and Closing Argument”; “Trying The Business Punitive Damages Case”, Association of Business Trial Lawyers 30th Annual Seminar (Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2003)
  • Author, “Prosecuting Your Business Tort Claims: A Defense Perspective”, Advocate (September 2003)
  • Speaker, “Extricating Your Company From the Deathgrip Lease” and “Selecting and Monitoring Outside Counsel”, ICN Conference on High Technology Procurement (Orlando, Florida, September 2001)
  • Member of the Board of Editorial Advisors for the publication Managing Partner (1999 – 2002)
  • Co-Editor and Author of the "Petroleum Marketing Practices Act Update." 1989-1990, 1989
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Admitted to the Washington State Bar, 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court (Southern, Central & Northern Districts of California)
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1987
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Successfully tried a breach of contract matter in the Orange County Superior Court for a Russian businessman against an Irvine based multi-national corporation relating to a finder's fee, 2017
  • Prosecuted an appeal that successfully reversed lower court judgment enforcement of settlement, 2020
  • Confidential settlement with major automobile manufacturer on employment related claims, 2022
  • Settled personal injury claim for $1 million policy limits, 2022
  • Successfully tried a contested conservatorship matter in San Diego Superior Court, 2019
  • Successfully defeated a minors' compromise after 6 day bench trial where the opposing parties were represented by three major law firms, 2019
  • Successfully represented plaintiff in three month jury trial in a defamation case where the jury gave more money than was requested, 2019
  • Successfully defended law firm and one if its partners in jury trial where there were claims in excess of $15 million, 2019
  • Settled personal injury claim for $1,250,000 after successful jury trial on liability in the Orange County Superior Court, 2016
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict after a six weeks jury trial wherein our client, the president of an automobile manufacturing company, was accused of fraud, conversion and securities violations by in investor in and creditor of the company. Plaintiffs sought over $12 million in damages and were represented by a nationally known trial lawyer (who was lead prosecutor for the government's case against Ken Lay of Enron fame) and who had never previously lost a trial, 2010
  • Successfully represented Walt Disney's grandson in replacing the trustee on two of his trusts worth in the tens of millions of dollars after a hotly contested three week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, 2014
  • Settled a bad faith claim for $300,000 relating to an underlying underinsured motorist claim, 2017
  • Successfully prosecuted a jury trial matter in the Los Angeles Superior Court for our client, an eye surgeon, against a national fumigation company relating to a burglary at her house during fumigation, 2013
  • Settled a wrongful death case for policy limits of $1,000,000, 2017
  • Successfully tried a probate matter resulting in an award to a former trustee of $500,000 per year for life, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 2022
  • Elected to the 2004 Presidential Elector College
  • Commissioner, Orange County Sheriff's Advisory Committee from 2005 to the present, 2005
Representative Clients:
  • The firm represents a large, diverse group of clients from individuals to large corporations. The firm represents trustees and beneficiaries in trust and probate litigation, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Association Of Business Trial Lawyers

Office location for James G. Bohm

600 Anton Blvd
Suite 640
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-384-7379


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

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