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.