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James S Rummonds

About me

I received my BA from Stanford University in 1968 with honors in political science and a minor in economics.My undergraduate honors thesis was on the political organization of American agriculture. In the fall of 1968 I entered into Stanford Law School. During my second year, I organized the first environmental law society in the United States. After forming the Stanford ELS, I devised a plan to organize environmental law societies at every major law school in the United States. Within one year of forming the Stanford ELS there were 135 environmental law societies throughout the United States including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, Penn, Virginia, Georgetown, Duke, Michigan, Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Texas, USC, Berkeley, and UCLA. I also became the founder and editor of the National Environmental Law Society Newsletter.


In 1970, I was invited by John D. Rockefeller III to join the President’s Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. As a member of the Commission, I wrote a Dissent that warned of the dangers of ignoring the consequences of unbridled population growth.


After graduating from law school I moved my family to a small ranch in the Central Valley of California and began my career as a trial lawyer representing personal injury plaintiffs, criminal defendants, divorce clients, water districts, and agribusiness. All the while I , along with my wife and two sons, raised cattle and grew crops on our ranch.


In 1982 I left a law firm general practice to form Rummonds & Mair and concentrate on personal injury and professional negligence cases. By this time I had tried dozens of jury trials and established myself as one of the preeminent trial lawyers in California. In 1983 I, as an avid surfer and sailor, moved my family and practice from the Central Valley to Santa Cruz County where I had been in practice for the past 25 years.


I represented clients to verdict in jury trials in Sacramento, Nevada, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, King City, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles counties. I was also the author of numerous articles on civil trial practice and legal ethics, a columnist, and was a contributing editor to West’s two volume set on Civil Trials and Evidence. I was also the author of Diary of a Breast Cancer Husband, Times Publishing Company, July 2002. I am board certified in Professional Negligence (ABPLA) and Civil Trial Practice (NBTA).


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
  5. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Rummonds & Barron

311 Bonita Drive
Aptos, CA, 95003-4891


311 Bonita Drive

Aptos, CA, 95003-4891



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
DiplomatAmerican Board of Professional LiabilityN/A
Professional Negligence / Legal MalpracticeCalifornia State Bar's Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
Certified Pretrial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Speciality CertificationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial LawyerRummonds / Barron / Thornton LLP (formerly Rummonds & Mair, Rummonds, Clause & Mair, Williams Waltz & Mair)1983 - Present
PartnerGermino, Layne, Brodie, Runte, McGuire & Rummonds1976 - 1982
Associate / PartnerGermino Law Office1973 - 1975
Research AssociateThe Population Council1970 - 1972
Public Relations OfficerStanford Linear Accelerator Center1966 - 1968
Final Top Secret Security ClearanceUnited States Navy1960 - 1963
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Cruz County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers AssociationFounder / Board MemberN/A
U.S. District Court Eastern District of CaliforniaMemberN/A
U.S. District Court Northern District of CaliforniaMemberN/A
U.S. District Court District of ArizonaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteManaging Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice2007
ABA Young Lawyers Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2Common Sense Reminders to Avoid Malpractice2004
Times PublishingWest's California Legal Trials, Civil Trials and Evidence."2002
National Law JournalLawyers on Trial1986
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineAn Introduction to Insurance Crisis1986
National Law JournalFighting Crime1982
Proposal for the Organization of American Agriculture, Pacific PressThe Rural Underground1977
Pocket BooksEnvironment and the Law1971
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Stanford UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationManaging Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice2008