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When I am not practicing law I am busy with Real Estate development ventures, duplicate bridge, visiting my family in Iowa . . . and speaking of Iowa, Iowa Basketball and Football.


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Perkins Law Firm

PO Box 1066
Santa Monica, CA, 90406

Practice areas


  1. Business: 100%
    32 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($400-550/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (25%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer."I cannot rave about Jim's coaching services enough. I am so glad I worked with Jim while I was making a career transition as it made a world of difference. He provided great practical advice regarding numerous career issues. Answering the questions, Jim provided in our sessions, guided me to really consider what I wanted to do in my career as well as my life. Jim was very creative, insightful and fun. He was a tremendous resource to me as we evaluated options together. His help and support was invaluable. In fact, he had me reread "To Kill A Mockingbird," which reminded my the reason I became a lawyer in the first place."


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ILVoluntarily Inactive198505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif1984
Outstanding Graduate, Department of PhilosophyDepartment of Philosophy1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerPerkins Law Firm2000 - Present
PartnerTroop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey1998 - 2000
Of CounselDewey Ballantine1996 - 1998
PartnerKutak Rock (And Predecessor Firms)1988 - 1996
AssociateBerens & Tate1987 - 1988
PartnerPerkins Law Firm1985 - 1987
AssociateMatkov, Salzman, Madoff & Gunn1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Monica Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Irwin Home Equity CorporationIrwin Union Bank and Trust Company taken over by FDIC, sale never closed
$268,381,000 Home Equity Loan-Backed Notes, Irwin Home Equity Loan Trust 2007-1One of the last home equity loan securitizations closed before the securitization markets froze in late 2007
$230,401,000 Home Equity Loan-Backed Notes, Irwin Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-P1Successfully closed transaction
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Nebraska College of LawPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1981