James W. Spertus is an experienced trial attorney who has been litigating cases in federal and state courts for more than 22 years. He has tried dozens of cases to favorable jury verdicts and has successfully argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts.
Mr. Spertus was a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California who spent nearly eight years as a criminal trial attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Department of Justice. After four years handling a wide variety of fraud and major crimes cases, Mr. Spertus became a founding member of the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section and spent many years as a computer crimes and intellectual property prosecutor supervising complex investigations involving trade secret theft, computer intrusions, and intellectual property crime. Mr. Spertus has also lectured at numerous training sessions for federal agents and Assistant United States Attorneys, including advanced training sessions at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has provided strategic advice on techniques and strategies for prosecuting computer crimes, and has substantial experience with complex fraud, narcotics, and major crimes cases.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Spertus was an associate at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella, specializing in civil litigation. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Spertus clerked for the Honorable Proctor Hug, Jr., on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Spertus earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1991, where he was Order of the Coif (Top 10%), Phi Kappa Phi (Top 5%), and Managing Editor of the Southern California Law Review. Mr. Spertus spent his first three undergraduate years at the University of California, Berkley, and then transferred the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.
Mr. Spertus founded this firm in 2006, and is currently a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative and serves on the Board of Directors of the ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee, Los Angeles Chapter. Mr. Spertus was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers for each year from 2008 through 2015, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® from 2012 through 2015.
- Obtained $307,500,000.00 Judgment in civil wrongful death action on behalf of grandson of murder victim.
- Represented grocery chain executive in 3-week federal criminal trial on a 23-count fraud Indictment resulting in Not Guilty jury verdicts on all counts charged.
- Represented business owner in federal criminal trial involving structuring and fraud allegations that resulted in Not Guilty verdicts on 11 charged counts.
- Obtained dismissal of a high profile state criminal public corruption case involving a supervisor at the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health.
- Obtained federal defendant’s forthwith release on Writ of Corum Nobis after appellate rights were exhausted.
- Obtained dismissal Attorney General public corruption case against former City of Bell, Chief Administrative Officer, Robert Rizzo based on principles of legislative immunity.
- Obtained $400,000 Judgment after trial in civil breach of contract case filed by supermodel against a former sponsor.
- Obtained reversal of conviction on appeal to the Ninth Circuit from federal guilty plea that was neither knowing nor voluntary, and the Ninth Circuit exercised its supervisory authority to recuse assigned judge and reassign case.
- Prevailed in civil Ninth Circuit appeal, and before the United States to Supreme Court, to establish standing without economic loss after national title insurer opposed class certification on that ground.
- Prevailed on appeal filed by the United States from a favorable sentence in a criminal case involving child pornography.
- Prevailed on appeal and in trial court in significant civil case involving idea theft for creators of successful reality television program.
- Obtained Preemptory Writ of Mandate compelling state trial court to dismiss multiple fraud counts after motion to dismiss was wrongly denied by trial court judge.
- Obtained dismissal from district court of federal civil complaint filed against client, an NFL football star defensive player.
- Juris Doctor – USC Law, Order of the Coif (Top 10%), Phi Kappa Phi (Top 5%), 1991
- Bachelor of Arts – University of California, Los Angeles
- Southern California Super Lawyers, 2008-15
- Best Lawyers in America, 2012-15
- Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative, 2012-15
- Board of Directors, ABA Los Angeles Chapter White Collar Crime Subcommittee, 2006-15
- Assistant United States Attorney, 1996-2004
- Clerk to the Honorable Procter Hug, Jr., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1991-92