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James Ernest Ballidis

Car accident Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    If you need help with an auto accident, injuries, property damage, we offer 30 years of solutions honed from experience handling over 6000 cases. From large to small, we offer every client whose case we accept the opportunity to Soar Above, not just survive a injury accident.

    44 years, 6,000 cases

  2. Trucking accident

  3. Personal injury
    If you need help with an injury caused by someone's negligence other than an auto accident, we have handles over 500 cases like yours and won 98.7% of them. Contact us and let us help you with your injury and damages.

    44 years, 500 cases

I am an attorney devoted to making it right for those who need a lawyer to help them through a personal injury. I have been an attorney for over 25 years, am recognized as a preeminent trial lawyer with multiple settlements and verdicts exceeding six figures.  Call us at if you need help with your injury case in California.


I live in Lake Forest with my daughter, where I enjoy a rich community of friends and family.


I am a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, although getting a little long in the tooth for such a career, and enjoy sailing when I can.



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Posted by David | January 24, 2014
Knowledgeable, Competent, Empathetic Attorney
Hire Jim and you won't be disappointed. It is important to carefully follow his advice before and after an event occurs. Much of his time is spent dealing with insurance companies and making sure you receive maximum benefits. Make sure your insurance coverage is more-than-adequate. With 74% of CA drivers having inadequate insurance, it is vital to make sure your coverage protects you if they cause injury or damage to you and/or your property.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2014
Uninsured Motorist
Mr. James Ballidis represented myself in a Uninsured motorist coverage case. Geico insurance (my insurance company) refused to offer an award under my policy even with no issue of liability or comparative negligence. The case went to arbitration where the parties presented the nature of injuries and medical care necessary, and economic damages. Mr. Ballidis' preparation throughout the case was extremely thorough and his presentation and cross examination was damaging to respondents attorneys. The arbitrator even came to me on a side bar and complemented Mr. Ballidis " You are lucky to have such a good attorney representing you". Without going through the details of the entire case, I will close with "you too would be very lucky to have Mr. James Ballidis represent you." James destroyed the Geico's attorney and won the maximum award possible. My thanks to Mr. Ballidis and his firm Allen, Flatts, Ballids, & Leslie.
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Posted by Jane | January 20, 2014
Jim...You're the best!
Approximately two years ago, I had the unfortunate experience of being in a rear-end car accident. The young women, who was texting did not even look up and hit me at around 40 mph. I suffered severe whiplash along with soft tissue damage of the back and shoulder. After the shock wears off, you are confronted with doctor visits, hospital bills, decisions on where to fix your car and of course talking with your insurance company. It can seem overwhelming at the time and especially if you are in a lot of pain. Fortunately, I had known Jim Ballidis through our mutual business networking group and I knew exactly who to call. Since this was my first accident, Jim explained the entire process of what I needed to do as well as what Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie would do for me. Jim's firm handled all communications with my insurance company, the car repair agency and towing yard. This allowed me focus on getting my health back so I could return to work. I highly recommend both Jim Ballidis and his law firm. He has a wonderful team of professionals working together and they kept me informed of every important detail of my case. I was more than pleased with my settlement and I appreciate the hard work Jim and his team provided to me. Although they have many clients, they always made me feel very special and this was a very nice benefit of being Jim's client. I can highly recommend Jim Ballidis for any personal injury claim you may have. He is an attorney that combines intelligence, ethics, and attention to detail. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2010
Thank you
Words are so inadequate for all my gratitude. Your understanding, support and tenacious spirit have made a tragic situation into one of transformation.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2010
Helped me when no one else can
This lawyer helpped me when no other lawyer wanted my case and got my surgery


  • Contingency 34%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President and trial attorney
  • Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie
  • 1985 - Present


  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Cervical injury case settled
  • $400,000
  • Pedestrian awarded $975,000.
  • 975,000
  • Truck accident causes right arm numbness
  • $320,000
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Since 2001
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
  • Hastings Advanced Advocacy Certificate
  • Hastings Law School
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of California
  • California Jury Instruction IDevelopment Wrongful Death
  • 2011
  • June Conference
  • California changes to Civil Litigation
  • 2011
  • Meeting of the State Bar Judiciary Committee
  • California Civil Procedure changes
  • 2010
  • No Fault Insurance Initiatives aftermath
  • No Fault Insurance Prospects After the Vote
  • 2007
  • Balboa Yacht Club
  • Boating laws and liability
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ballidis is a fine lawyer with extensive experience in trial law and with wide knowledge about the local area and legal environment. He is responsive to his clients and their needs are his preeminent concern."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is simply the best at what he does. If I was injured in the Los Angeles area, my first phone call would be to Jim. He will fight for your rights and make sure that you are 100% compensated for your injuries."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have practice law for almost 30 years. Over these 30 years I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many in my profession. I feel confident in saying that Jim Ballidis is the attorney to call if you or a family member has been injured as a result of another’s negligence in Orange County. The law can be complex and insurance companies are motivated only by profit at your expense. The best action you can take is to consult with an attorney like Jim Ballidis who has dedicated his practice to achieving justice on behalf of his clients. His consultations are free and the information you will receive can prove to be critical at what can be a very difficult time for you and your family."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because I know Jim Ballidis to be an extremely dedicated and hard working lawyer for his clients. His passion for seeking justice for his clients is unsurpassed and he should be the first lawyer a person should consider retaining if they have been injured in Southern California."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is a great lawyer who really cares about his clients and his profession. He has written several publications that really help injured folks understand the entire process. I highly recommend Jim to those in SoCal who need an injury lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Jim for a number of years and find that he is for a hard-working, ethical and diligent. He has written a number of consumer books that you should read practice picking to the adjuster or hiring any attorney. Our firm refers cases in the Newport Beach area to Jim."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim has been such a mentor to me and my practice. The fact that I concentrate solely on Workers' comp, Jim has been able to open my eyes in an objective manner. Jim Ballidis has helped me exponentially in how to best help clients help themselves. As an attorney to have such a unselfish approach makes it so much more rewarding. Jim has been so responsive and helpful to me."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is simply awesome. He provides so much useful and free information to anyone who visits his website that I would recommend anyone who has been injured in an accident in Sourthern California. Jim won't let you down."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I;ve known Jim and his firm for several years. They are always professional and responsive. I refer clients knowing that the firm is reputable and honest in their assessment of each client's case. And, they care not only about the legal aspects of the case but the client's well-being. They are assertive in their representation and are true advocates for their clients. ."
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