Republican National Lawyers Association | (RNLA)
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Mr. James M. Burgess

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Life Member, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Contributing Member
1901 Avenue of the Stars, 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-228-3722
Fax: 310-228-3922
Web Site:

Law School: University of Southern California Law Center (1990)

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Mr. Burgess represents businesses in commercial litigation. He has extensive experience defending businesses in class actions and cases under the Unfair Competition Law (Business and Professions Code Section 17200), including through trial and appeal. Mr. Burgess speaks and writes frequently on issues involving class actions and unfair competition. His cases typically involve allegations of breach of contract and commercial torts such as fraud and interference with contract. He handles a variety of cases, including consumer class actions, insurance bad faith, breach of warranty, product defect, trade secret, leasing and real estate disputes, disputes concerning asset purchase agreements, antitrust, lender liability, sales tax reimbursement disputes, idea submission, and trademark infringement. Trial counsel for defendants in the following lawsuits, each of which resulted in a defense verdict/judgment: A&J Liquor v. State Fund (a $2 billion class action), Ronald L. Wolfe & Associates, Inc. v. State Fund (an insurance bad faith case), Westrup v. Nordstrom, (a 17200 class action involving sales tax reimbursements), Atlas Mill Supply, Inc. v. State Fund (an insurance bad faith case).


J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1990, Order of the Coif

B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 1984

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