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Attorney James C. Shields provides high caliber, effective legal representation to clients all throughout Southern California. He focuses on select areas of law including bankruptcy, estate planning and probate and he has a proven track record under his belt. With decades of legal experience, Attorney Shields is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon and Arizona. He obtained his Juris Degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles back in 1984 and since then, he has opened up five separate law offices so that he can better serve Southern California residents. Attorney Shields assists clients with filing for bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, conservatorship, guardianships and much more. So let his experience work for you!  He puts focused attention and energy into every case so that you can obtain the most favorable outcome. Contact the firm today to request a free consultation and learn how Mr. Shields can help you build a brighter future. 


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Practice areas


  1. Wills: 20%
    21 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    21 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    21 years
  4. Bankruptcy: 20%
    21 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Contact info

21707 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 204
Torrance, CA, 90503


AZInactive 199604/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best AnswersAVVO2015
Client's Choice BankruptcyAVVO2014
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2014
Certificate of AppreciationSouth Bay Bar Association2014
Volunteers "The Heart of the Program"Los Angeles Superior Court2011
Admited to PraciceUnited States District Court1996
Admitted to PraticeSupreme Court of California1996
Dean's ListUnivesity of California Dominguez Hills1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices Of James C. Shields1998 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert G. Winterbotham1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
ARAGNetwork Attorney2014 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationSettlement Officer2013 - Present
Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Mediation PanelSettlement Officer2013 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, Probate and Trust CommitteeSettlement Officer2010 - Present
American Society of Tax Problem SolversAttorney Member2006 - Present
Westmont North Homeowners AssociationVice President2001 - Present
United States Tax CourtAttorney Member1997 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney Member1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney1996 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted1996 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaAttorney1996 - Present
Federal Trial BarAttorney Member1996 - Present
South Bay Bar AssociationAttorney Member1996 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysAttorney Member1996 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1995 - Present
Salvation Army Advisory BoardTreasurer1995 - Present
UCLA Alumni AssociationMember1990 - Present
Accountant-Lawyer Alliance (ALA)Atorney Member2010 - 2012
Trinity Lutheran ChurchPresident2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Josephine BlomPlus $700,000 decision in favor of my client. Objection to appointment of private probate conservator of person and estate affirmed after multiple week trial on James C. Shields pleadings and argument.
In re James L. Meyer Revocable TrustPlus $1,000,000 decision in favor of my client. Petition to invalidate amendments granted after one week trial. Previous trust distribution to family of my client re-instated. Success based on oral argument and pleading by James C. Shields.
Multiple Chapter 13 Petitions Confirmed Over Objections By Creditors And TrusteesMultiple petitions and proposed plans confirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Individual Guide to Consumer BankruptcyThe Bankruptcy Process Simplified2014
Legal BlogLaw Firm Blog2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of California - Los AngelesFinanceMBA - Master of Business Administration1975
California State University, Dominguez HillsPhysiology and EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law DayProbate Law2015
Ask a LawyerProbate Law2014
Ask a LawyerBankruptcy2013
Law DayBankruptcy2012
Law DayBankruptcy2011
Law DayEstate Planning2010
South Bay Bar AssociationCrossover Issues in Family Law, Probate and Bankruptcy2006