James M. Bergener is the managing attorney and founding principal of Bergener & Associates, a firm specializing in injury tort litigation. As counsel for injured plaintiffs, Mr. Bergener has personally secured millions in verdicts and settlements in both state and federal court. Mr. Bergener's practice extends to matters involving motor vehicle accidents, product liability, police excessive force, road defects, and toxic exposure. Many of these claims are complex disability matters that benefit from the extensive knowledge and substantial resources of Mr. Bergener and his team.
Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Bergener defended insurance carriers against personal injury and workers compensation claims filed by injured plaintiffs. With his unique perspective on strategic tactics used by defense carriers, Mr. Bergener has aggressively pursued insurance companies and their associated corporations for so called "bad-faith" actions involving deliberate obstructions to fair claims practices. In so doing, the firm has successfully obtained settlements far greater than the predetermined amount set by insurance companies.
Mr. Bergener enjoys litigation and is recognized as a powerful negotiator, excelling in mediation and arbitration conferences preferred by clients who wish to avoid trial. Recognized as a rising star by fellow trial lawyers, Mr. Bergener has been a frequent guest lecturer at conferences, legal seminars and law schools on topics involving injury tort litigation and practice management. Besides numerous academic and professional interactions, Mr. Bergener is also a guest legal expert on KABC radio.
As an avid motorcyclist and MotoGP racing enthusiast, Mr. Bergener's experience in court is supplemented with his experience on the road. With his personal passion for bike safety, motorcycle accident victims represented by the firm have benefited from the insight of a skilled professional and fellow rider.
Mr. Bergener received a B.A. from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law where he was a member of law review.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 2003
Contingent (25-45%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)
James is incredible. The care he pours into each and every client case is inspiring. James is the best combination of compassion and agreession. He truly cares for his clients and is an excellent attorney. His experience and knowledge of the field makes him the best attorney in the personal injury field. It has been a pleasure working for him thus far and I look forward to learning much more from him.
Jessica Castro Personal Injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2013|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2013|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2012|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2011|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2010|
|Partner||Bergener & Associates||2004 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||2015 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2003 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|San Francisco Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|SF Gate||Legal Team at Bergener & Associates Gets San Bernardino Family 3 Million Dollar Verdict||2012|
|PR Web||Legal Team at Bergener & Associates Gets San Bernardino Family 3 Million Dollar Verdict||2012|
|Legal Website||Personal Injury Victims with Attorneys Awarded More Money||2012|
|AVVO Legal Guides||California Personal Injury Checklist||2012|
|AVVO Legal Guides||California's 10 Most Frequent Car Accident Questions||2012|
|AVVO Legal Guides||Handling Your Property Damage Claim in California||2012|
|Legal Website||Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage||2011|
|Legal Newsletter||Automobile Claims in Tough Times||2011|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Utah||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|