James R. Wilkens is a California licensed attorney who is dedicated to defending the rights of his clients. His practice is focused largley on criminal defense including traffic infractions, misdemeanors and post conviction relief.
Mr. Wilkens was born and raised in San Diego County. He went to college locally at Cal State San Marcos before attending graduate school at UC Irvine where he earned an MA in History. After graduate school, Mr. Wilkens returned to San Diego to earn a law degree at California Western School of Law. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Mr. Wilkens worked for the California Department of Justice as a volunteer attorney, assisting state prosecutors in responding to post conviction writs and appeals. After leaving the Department of Justice, Mr. Wilkens worked briefly at the California Court of Appeal as a visiting attorney, conducting legal research and writing regarding largely criminal matters before starting his own law office.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services||California Bar Association||2013|
|Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services||California Bar Association||2012|
|Distinguished Service Award||San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program||2011|
|Standout Award||San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program||2011|
|Attorney||Law Office of James R. Wilkens||2016 - Present|
|Visiting Attorney||California Court Of Appeal, 4th District, Division One||2015 - 2016|
|Volunteer Attorney||California Department Of Justice/Office Of The Attorney General||2014 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|North County Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|San Diego Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|California Western School of Law||J.D.||2013|
|University of California - Irvine||MA - Masters||2009|
|California St Univ San Marcos||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
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