Nancy G. James is Of Counsel in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on vigorous representation of clients through all stages of the litigation process, including appeals.
Ms. James has tried numerous cases before juries, judges, and administrative law judges. She has often disposed of cases by way of demurrer, motion to strike, and summary judgment. She has authored dozens of appellate briefs and participated in appellate arguments before the California Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court.
She worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California for more than 15 years, defending State agencies, departments, elected officials and employees in civil lawsuits in state and federal courts. Her areas of expertise include employment law and civil rights, and she has experience in the areas of wrongful death, medical malpractice, negligence, dangerous condition of public property, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and condemnation. She has represented judges, peace officers, doctors, investigators, wardens, nurses, and psychiatric technicians. She is knowledgeable in legislative history and analysis, anti-SLAPP law, and writ practice.
Ms. James received her Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (magna cum laude), from Northeast Missouri State University.
A new California Supreme Court ruling clarifies how litigants may use a tool intended to fight lawsuits filed to chill free speech. In Park v. Board of Trustees of the California State University (May 4, 2017, No. S229728) ___Cal.5th___ (Park), the Court clarified and simplified the analysis for determining whether a plaintiff's cause of action is one "arising from" constitutionally protected activity for purposes of a motion to strike a civil complaint on the basis tha...