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V. James DeSimone

also known as Jim DeSimone

About me

After twenty-five years as a partner at the cutting edge civil rights firm Schonbrun DeSimone, Jim decided to carve out his own path by establishing V. James DeSimone Law, a California law firm dedicated to representing individuals in civil rights cases, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment, employment wage and hour class action cases, police misconduct and brutality cases, including wrongful death, excessive force, and false arrest cases, and personal injury cases.


DeSimone is also Of Counsel position with the Bohm Law Group, partnering with Lawrance Bohm to establish a team of lawyers dedicated to achieving justice for persons who are harmed by discrimination, harassment, excessive force or other damaging conduct. Bohm Law Group is renowned for bringing advanced technology into the court room to achieve justice. Coupled with DeSimone’s thirty year experience as a civil rights trial lawyer, the team of DeSimone Bohm vigorously advocate for the rights of their clients in and out of the court room.


In 2014, DeSimone was named Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine.  In 2013, he was honored as a Top 100 Superlawyer in Southern California and has been a Superlawyer every year since 2009.  In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013. and 2014 he was named as one of California's Top 10, 20, or 25 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers by the Daily Journal.  In 2008, DeSimone was a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer  Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. 




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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 75%
    29 years
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    29 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    29 years



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  • Stephen R Jaffe

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    Stephen Jaffe Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Erin Marie Mooney Pulaski

    I worked with Jim DeSimone as an associate at Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman. Jim is an extremely talented and hard-working lawyer who fights tirelessly on behalf of his clients. He ranks among the great trial attorneys in Los Angeles, and I recommend him wholeheartedly.


    Erin Pulaski Employment & Labor Attorney
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Contact info

Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP

723 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, CA, 90291


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 25 Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers in CaliforniaDaily Journal2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top 10 Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers in CaliforniaDaily Journal2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year 2008Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySchonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fostering ImaginationHonorary Board Member2006 - 2009
Westside Legal ServicesPresident1990 - 1994
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers CharitiesMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Benham v. Walgreens$2.1 Million Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawN/A1985
Johns Hopkins UniversityN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Successful Trial Techniques in Employment Law LitigationVoir Dire and Opening Statement in Employment Discrimination Trial2007
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceWinning Don't Come Easy, Tales from Trial Lawyers in the Trenches.2007