When asked what he loves most about practicing law, Josh will tell you it is solving problems. Sometimes, the solution is apparent but the path is not. Other times, the solution needs to be discovered. Often, the solution involves finding value, leverage, and persuasion in unexpected ways. Either way, critical thinking is required, which is why Josh’s undergraduate training in philosophy has proved quite relevant.
Side note: at his UC Berkeley philosophy department commencement, Josh asked: “Is it better to be Socrates unemployed or a fool earning $60,000 a year?” (Socrates believed the “unexamined life” was not worth living.) Josh still asks himself this question (adjusted for inflation).
Following university, Josh lived in Europe and worked for German defense contractor Wegmann & Co., GmbH. The time abroad was unique. He learned a foreign language, made unique friendships, and saw firsthand geopolitical problems that continue to complicate the world: divisive policies, refugees from distant wars, globalism and isolationism.
Josh returned from Europe to attend law school at George Washington University’s National Law Center in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital was an exciting place to study law. Top government officials taught as adjunct professors. Supreme Court justices lectured frequently. Josh served on GW’s Moot Court Board and the Journal of International Law & Economics. He represented GW in the Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court Competition, placing third in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
After law school, Josh came to Orange County to practice law. He worked in the Newport Beach office of a regional law firm and was a partner at two business litigation boutiques. Over the years, Josh has tried and arbitrated cases of all dimension, and honed his skills in research, writing, witness examination, and oral argument. (In the words of a managing partner, “Josh may be one of the best writers as well as researchers I have seen on law and motion work.”) Several cases Josh has argued have resulted in published decisions. Josh has shared his skills by mentoring others and by teaching Legal Writing at U.C. Irvine’s Paralegal Certificate Program.
Josh serves as primary counsel to a number of local businesses, as well as a large homeowners’ association. The matters he handles cover a wide-variety of litigation and transactions. If he could have a title, it would be Chief Troubleshooter.
Josh is a member of the California State Bar. He regularly appears in state and federal court. When not in court, Josh—a competitive cyclist—sometimes rides his bicycle to work.
Something else to know about Josh: he met his wife, Peggy, on a blind date. She was a schoolteacher (now a school board trustee), and he knew he was in trouble. Josh and Peggy live in Laguna Beach. They have two dynamic daughters and a dog. As Josh will say, “In a seemingly random world, it is remarkable to look back and see purpose and order.”
A former opposing counsel once praised Jame by remarking that he, “aggressively represented the interests of his clients, while maintaining a high degree of integrity and professionalism.” While this praise may seem trivial, it represents an important but uncommon approach among many of today’s lawyers. This assessment fairly summarizes Jame’s approach to his practice. And considering his path to the legal profession, it should come as no surprise.
Jame grew up surrounded by the forests and farms of Central New York. He learned the value of hard work at a young age, delivering newspapers and mowing lawns in the summer, and shoveling snow during the region’s long winters.
Jame received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, majoring in philosophy and minoring in business administration. After college, and rather ironically, Jame moved to Southern California to pursue his passion: hockey. The Southern California hockey scene was small but rapidly growing. Jame was a mainstay in the local hockey community and gave back to the sport by teaching others the finer points of hitting a puck into the back of a net.
After years of playing a contact sport, it seems quite logical that Jame decided to become a lawyer. He graduated from Loyola Law School and honed his skills at a litigation boutique known for handling high stakes cases.
While he might have mellowed a bit since his hockey days, Jame has not lost his competitive instincts. He can keenly assess a situation, probe for weakness, and, where appropriate, hit hard (figuratively, of course).
Jame is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. He formerly served on the Orange County Bar Association’s Education Committee, and currently serves as a board member of South Sunrise Little League in Orange, California.
Proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Jame and his wife are raising two sports-minded sons.