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James Patrick Lambe

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Criminal Defense, Violent Crime, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime, Child Abuse… more 

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About Me

James P. Lambe has practiced criminal law since 1986. In trials of life sentence cases, he has obtained eight acquittals, four hung jury dismissals, and three in limine motion dismissals.


He has employed creativity in settling four death penalty cases.  He has also concluded thirty-three other murder cases (preventing a murder conviction in eighteen of them) and one hundred and four three strikes cases (preventing a three strikes sentence in ninety-four of them).


He was the trial attorney in two published cases which effected significant changes in California law: People v. Myers (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 328, 71 Cal.Rptr.2d 518 (self defense) and People v. Howard (2005) 34 Cal.4th 1129, 23 Cal.Rptr.3rd 306 (felony murder).


He is Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  In 2009, he became the first criminal law attorney from the San Joaquin Valley to be named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. 


He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a Barrister of the Order of Centurions and a member of the National Trial Lawyers.  He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, and Super Lawyers.


 He is the author of "Right to Speedy Trial" and "Jury Deliberations and Verdict" in California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice (2013-14), "Injury and Death" and "Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses" in California Criminal Sentencing Enhancements (2012-14), and "Monetary Sanctions" in the Contempt Defense Manual (2007).


He has been a trial advocacy instructor at the California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills Institute (2001-09, 2011, and 2013-14), and a lecturer on discovery, jury selection, cross-examination, closing argument, sentencing, ethics, and civility at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting and the State Bar of California Section Education Institute (2003-14).


In recognition of his writing, instructing, and lecturing, he received the Spirit of CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) Award in 2008 at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting. 


He has served on the State Bar of California Criminal Law Advisory Commission, the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section Executive Committee, and the Board of Governors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. 


He was admitted to the California Bar in 1977 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1985.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    28 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 10%
    28 years
  3. Child Abuse: 10%
    28 years
  4. White Collar Crime: 10%
    28 years
  5. Other: 30%
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Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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Contact Info

5132 North Palm Avenue, P.M.B. 240
Fresno, CA, 93704

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197702/26/2015
DCInactive 198507/18/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2015
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who2015
Super Lawyers ListThomson Reuters2015
BarristerOrder of Centurions2014
MemberThe National Trial Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2010
Lawdragon 3000Lawdragon.com2010
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2009
Spirit of CEBContinuing Education of the Bar2008
Certified Specialist-Criminal Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy1998
Certified Specialist-Criminal LawThe State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawJames P. Lambe2014 - 2014
Senior Defense AttorneyFresno County Public Defender's Office2005 - 2014
Defense AttorneyFresno County Public Defender's Office1986 - 2005
Deputy City AttorneyFresno City Attorney's Office1985 - 1986
Claims AttorneyCigna Corporation1979 - 1985
Associate AttorneyParichan Renberg and Crossman1979 - 1979
Associate AttorneyWagner and Wagner1978 - 1979

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Order of CenturionsBarrister2014 - Present
The National Trial LawyersN/A2011 - Present
The State Bar of CaliforniaCriminal Law Advisory Commission2010 - 2013
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2009 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Governors2009 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationJudicial Evaluations Selection Advisory Committee2006 - 2007
The State Bar of CaliforniaCriminal Law Section Executive Committee2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2001 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified Specialist-Criminal Trial Advocacy1998 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1998 - 1999
Conference of California Bar AssociationsDelegate1996 - 1999
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A1992 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationN/A1989 - Present
District of Columbia BarN/A1985 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
The State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1977 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaN/A1976 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Myers (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 328, 71 Cal.Rptr.2d 518Conviction reversed because of jury instruction error by judge
People v. Howard (2005) 34 Cal.4th 1129, 23 Cal.Rptr.3rd 306Conviction reversed because of jury instruction error by judge
People v. Jones (2014) 230 Cal.4th 373, 178 Cal.Rptr.3rd 636Conviction affirmed despite closing argument error by prosecution

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
California Criminal Law - Procedure and PracticeRight to Speedy Trial, Jury Deliberations and Verdict2015
California Criminal Sentencing EnhancementsInjury and Death, Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses2015
California Criminal Sentencing EnhancementsInjury and Death, Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses2014
California Criminal Law - Procedure and PracticeRight to Speedy Trial, Jury Deliberations and Verdict2014
California Criminal Sentencing EnhancementsInjury and Death, Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses2013
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeRight to Speedy Trial, Jury Deliberations and Verdict2013
Criminal Sentencing EnhancementsInjury and Death, Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses2012
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2012
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2011
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2010
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2009
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2008
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2007
Contempt Defense ManualMonetary Sanctions2007
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2006
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2005
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2004
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2002
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict2000
California Criminal Law Procedure and PracticeJury Deliberations and Verdict1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJ.D. (Juris Doctor)1977
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceA.B. (Bachelor of Arts), cum laude1974

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingEthics2014
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2014
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingCivility2013
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2013
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingCross Examination2012
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingClosing Argument2011
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2011
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingEthics2010
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteWheeler-Batson Motions2009
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingWheeler-Batson Motions2009
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2009
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteEthics2008
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingSentencing2008
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2008
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteEthics2007
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingEthics2007
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2007
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteCross Examination2006
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingClosing Argument2006
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2006
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingCross Examination2005
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2005
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteDiscovery2004
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingCross Examination2004
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2004
The State Bar of California Section Education InstituteDiscovery2003
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2003
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2002
California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills InstituteTrial Practice2001