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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1977)
  • Loyola Law School (Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, St. Thomas More Law Society, 1976)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Bachelor of Arts, With Honors, 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member

John E. James

Of Counsel

Practice Areas

John E. James has over 35 years of experience as a business/tax lawyer, working with businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors. He is known for his expertise in negotiating, structuring, and documenting transactions in various industries. Mr. James’ practice areas include: mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, business formations, and real property transactions and syndications.

In addition to extensive work with liquidations and redemptions, debt restructurings and workouts, and pass-through entities, Mr. James also handles compensation structuring (option plans, deferred compensation, phantom stock plans), and business and tax planning, with particular emphasis in real property, corporate, partnership and limited liability companies. Some other areas he concentrates on are tax-deferred transactions (like-kind exchanges, corporate reorganizations), tax audits and controversies (income, sales and property taxation), and rulings and advisory opinions from tax authorities.

Mr. James has earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Awards and Recognitions
Mr. James has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers In America© since 2006 and was named “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” for Orange County by Best Lawyers® in 2012.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. James is a contributor to the various firm publications and blogs. He is also a frequent speaker to various attorney, accounting and real estate groups.


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