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Founding Partner

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Jim Weakley’s career focus has been defending public entities and their employees. Jim handles complex high profile cases involving various aspects of public entity liability. His clients have included elected and other public figures, including judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, chiefs of police, and heads of public agency departments.


Jim has served as an arbitrator, mediator and judge pro tem for the Fresno County Superior Court. In addition, he is frequently asked to speak on topics related to his practice of law.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

All courts of the State of California


Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association

           2010 President - San Joaquin Valley Chapter

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

           2007-2014 National Representative

           2012 President - CAL-ABOTA

           2006 President - San Joaquin Valley Chapter

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada

           Three terms on the Board of Directors

  • Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA)

            Founding Member of the Central Valley Chapter    

  • Defense Research Institute, Government Liability Committee

  • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel,  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California        

  • Central California Adjusters Association

  • Litigation Section of the California State Bar

  • California Association of Joint Powers Authorities

  • Fresno County Bar Association     


Honors and Recognition


      Juris Doctor, 1978

      San Joaquin College of Law

     Bachelor of Science, 1975

     Political Science

     California State University, Sonoma

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