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James Whitemyer

James W. Whitemyer

Associate

Los Angeles

310 222 5745
jwhitemyer@christensenlaw.com
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Practices

James has been a litigation attorney in California state and federal courts since 1996. He has represented property developers, general contractors, trade contractors, real estate brokers and agents, retailers, product and food manufacturers, public entities, common carriers, churches, insurers, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) in litigation and disputes involving insurance coverage and bad faith, construction defect, wrongful death, bodily injury and paralysis, professional liability, business contract and torts, premises liability, products liability, cargo loss, and earth subsidence.

James has taken to verdict over twenty jury and bench trials, including matters involving construction negligence and defect, residential mold, toxic exposure, brain injury, cargo loss, employment, and other serious personal injury. James has also briefed or argued various appeals, including Pennsylvania General Ins. Co. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., 185 Cal.App.4th 1515 (2010).

James has experience as a claims supervisor and served in a Special Investigative Unit (SIU) investigating suspected insurance fraud. He has written and conducted a seminar concerning the basics of joint and several liability under California’s Multiple Defendants Tort Damage Liability Act, or Proposition 51 (Civil Code section 1431.2).

James’s pre-legal employment included construction and teaching high school math and computer courses, and he has used this experience and continuing interest in math and computers to, amongst other things, create self-calculating spreadsheets for determining complicated pre-judgment interest and time on risk (TOR) allocation for construction-related insurance cases.

Education

  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1991
  • Pepperdine University, J.D., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California