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James Randall Lewis

James Randall Lewis

Trial Attorney at Frank Penney Injury Lawyers
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • California
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Summary

James R. Lewis represents personal injury claimants and families of those who have suffered wrongful death. Mr. Lewis is a skilled trial attorney who handles cases through to verdict including investigation, discovery, ADR, expert discovery and trial. Clients consider Mr. Lewis knowledgeable, confident and firm in his approach. Admitted to practice in California and in several federal district courts, Mr. Lewis pursues justice for his clients in all venues. He is a member in good standing with the Sacramento and Placer County Bar Associations, the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Assoc. Mr. Lewis was selected again in 2016 as a Northern California Super Lawyer.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dog Bites
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Attorney
Law Offices of Frank D. Penney
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Handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases from intake through trial including discovery, alternative dispute resolution, law and motion, expert discovery, trial and binding arbitrations.
Law Clerk
Brayton Purcell
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Specialized in all aspects of written discovery and law, and motion practice.
Education
University of the Pacific
J.D. / Advocacy and Taxation (2000)
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Honors: Writer, and Editor of McGeorge Initiative Review Project.
University of California - Santa Barbara
B.A. / Political Science (1997)
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Honors: Graduated Cum Laude. Invitee to Senior Honors Thesis Progam, Dept. of Political Science. Asst. Editor and Sports Editor of La Cumbre. Peer Counselor, Dept. of Political Science.
Awards
Northern California Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Northern California Rising Star
Super Lawyers
For the third consecutive year, James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Northern California for 2014. Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.
Northern California Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Northern California Rising Star
Super Lawyers
James R. Lewis was named as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Lewis joins an exclusive list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Northern California for 2012. Attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are nominated by their peers before undergoing "rigorous" evaluations in a number of areas of "peer recognition and professional achievement," according to Super Lawyers selection process. The objective, the magazine says, is to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys." Recognition is based on surveys of approximately 52,000 active lawyers in Northern California, independent research by Super Lawyers magazine, and review and recommendation by practice-area panels of top lawyers.
Lifetime Appointment
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Appointed to the exclusive membership of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a collection of the best trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Lewis joins an elite group of less than 200 California attorneys who have secured verdicts, settlements or awards for their client in excess of $1,000,000.00.
Professional Associations
Placer County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Active member in good standing.
Sacramento County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Active member in good standing.
Capitol City Trial Lawyer Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Active member in good standing.
California State Bar # 232248
Member
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices of Frank D. Penney - Attorney Profile
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. If I was wearing high heels when I was injured on someone's property, will I be considered partially negligent
A: Depending on whether it was reasonable to wear heels in those conditions. If you were treading through the grass, mud, or snow then probably not much you can do about a recovery. It would be unsafe to wear heels in those conditions. But, if you were not the only person wearing heels at a cocktail party held on solid ground (concrete, tile, linoleum), then your chances are better. Whether it is a claim worth pursuing depends on your injuries. Premises liability claims (against property owners) are difficult and lengthy. Most attorneys will only handle those with serious injuries which required surgery or hospitalization. You should find consult with a personal injury attorney in your community.
Q. I was convicted of arson as a minor. Found guilty as a felony how long does it follow me. And how can I get it expunged.
A: Consult a criminal attorney in your community and ask how much he or she charges to seek an expungement of the conviction from your record. It is not cheap. Typically, the amount of time that has passed since the conviction with you getting in any more trouble is a factor as is that you committed the crime when you were under 18.
Q. Question about fender bender
A: As a personal injury attorney, there are good reasons to ask for the amount of your coverage. First among them is whether the injured person should contact his or her own insurance and put them on notice of an "under-insured motorist claim". The injured person has an obligation to let his or her own insurance company know if there is an impending claim should you have insufficient coverage. It is correct that you do not have to disclose the information, but doing so would likely avoid you being sued to obtain the information. Once suit is filed against you, you will be asked to answer mandatory questions about your insurance coverage.
Q. what should i do I fell at Walmart my knee is bruised. I have doctors and medicine bills. What should i do next?
A: Contact a personal injury lawyer in your community. Ask that person if they have sued Wal-Mart before. This is critical because Wal-Mart never pays until you sue it, take depositions of employees who saw the fall or failed to clean up whatever you slipped in, and force it to turn over the surveillance video (pretty much every inch of the store is on camera). Recovering money from Wal-Mart is a long haul. In the meantime, have your medical bills paid by your health insurance. Do not let them linger unpaid or in collections.
Q. How can I find out if a person has already been sued for the same thing in the past.
A: I suggest you call the local county superior court. Palmdale is in Los Angeles county, so there is a local LA Superior Court branch you can call to speak with the civil clerk to search for other lawsuits against this person. You could also search through the court's website, and there is a fee associated with searches.
Q. Should I sue midas before I fix the car or should I fix the car and then sue or take to small claims?
A: First, you should fix your car. You have to mitigate your damages, which means don't run up your damages by doing nothing. Second, you should have the car examined by a mechanic who will join you in small claims court to testify that it was Midas's work that caused the damage to your car. Good luck!
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