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James Bergener

Car accident Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

4.8   19 reviews

also known as Sweet James


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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    50%
    At Sweet James, our accident attorneys have earned a reputation by consistently achieving results that make insurance companies pay attention. By putting our clients first, we’ve won more than $500 Million for accident victims.

    20 years

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    At Sweet James, we realize the full impact a personal injury or wrongful death accident can have on you, your loved ones, and your community. You don’t have to be in this alone. Pursuing compensation doesn’t have to be complicated.

    23 years

  3. Motorcycle accident
    10%
    Drivers often deny liability after an accident with a motorcycle – and an insurance company will evaluate your claim based upon their client’s statement. We work hard to build up your claim so, you get the compensation necessary to recover.

    20 years

  4. Trucking accident
    10%
    Semi-truck accidents are serious, even at low-speeds. The vast majority of truck collisions cause real injuries that won’t just go away on their own. The most important thing you can do after any large truck accident is to call the right attorney.

    20 years

"Sweet" James Bergener set out to create a different kind of law firm — one built around helping you recover from your injuries and get the maximum possible compensation.

As managing attorney and founding principal of Sweet James Accident Attorneys, James has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. His career is dedicated to helping anyone who has been injured because of someone else’s negligence. From seemingly simple claims to the most complex cases, Sweet James will make sure you get the justice you deserve.

Mr. Bergener is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. The forum makes up less than 1 percent of lawyers in the United States.

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Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact James

Sweet James Accident Attorneys
4220 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 200
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Sweet James Accident Attorneys
355 S. Grand Avenue
Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
Sweet James Accident Attorneys
1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA, 94101
Sweet James Accident Attorneys
1600 E Helm Ave.
Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV, 89119
Sweet James Accident Attorneys
2 North Central Ave
Suite 1844
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Sweet James Accident Attorneys
15437 Anacapa Rd.
Victorville, CA, 92392
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Eric | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney to retain in a personal injury litigation
Retained Attorney Bergener to handle my complex personal injury case when I determined my extensive insurance knowledge was not enough to deal with insurance companies who were just out there without my own personal interests in mind. If I need an experienced personal injury attorney again I would not hesitate to reach out to the Bergener firm again. Thank you James
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always available when I had questions!
Mr. Bergener was very professional and personable thru the whole course of my case. He was available to answer my questions and offered his professional insight. Case closed in an efficient and timely manner. An absolute pleasure to work with!
Posted by Gennady | October 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
motorcycle accident
They were so sweet to give me a call even on Sunday by Mr.Ian McTaggart however they usually don't handle cases with property damage he gave the most comprehensive on how to withstand my right against an aggressive and pushy insurance company.
Posted by Leonard | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I found the entire staff at James M. Bergener Mirejovsky to be extremely helpful and professional. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Done!
Wow, finally a lawyer that has a plan. Simple and well-staffed operation. They executed my case within a timely manner and were able to get money that was within my insurance coverages but the insurance company was not willing to part with. I was assigned an attorney and a caseworker. Both were available anytime I needed them and all the appointments were set up around my availability. Sweet James stepped in to close the case when there was pushback from the insurance company. Simply put, this is a well-oiled machine. Will use them again.
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Posted by BENJAMIN | December 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1ST PERSON TO CALL IF IN AN ACCIDENT!
I was in an accident where I hit a driver who was turning left at a greenlight when he should have yielded. I called Jame's a few days later because I was having a lot of neck pain. They were able to find me many doctors in their network from L.A. to Victor Valley to treat my pain comfort needs. They covered ALL the bills! Their communication was top notch, along with their patients and well mannered staff! I had a good feeling about them! They exceeded their time frame and made sure that I understood all appropriations of payment! I couldnt be happier with the way they treated me! Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2014
This is a great Lawyer he will stay with you and fight for you even after a mediation and case supposedly closed… I am Proof
The “bad” review Below posted on the 6th of August … was made in haste by me “I am trying to get it removed” .. Mr. Bergener is trying to rectify the situation.. Should he rectify this outcome I agree he is a great attny please give him a chance!!!! James does care and gives personal attention… This was lack of communication between James and I as i could not reach him because he was only half of my case … ( i wish he took the whole case he’s great ) I could not reach him for advise… We have spoken and he is trying to rectify the results from the “sister company” he had no idea this had happend to me only THE OTHER ATTORNEYS side the story after the “mediation i was under pressure and not happy with” thank you…. should this be handled the way I believe James does do honest trustworthy and caring work .. I will post again thank you.. for your kind consideration
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Posted by j. | August 5, 2014
Great for Smaller Cases, Quick, Professional, Courteous, Kind, and Reliable.
I had initially hired a personal injury lawyer in my city who ended up not doing anything with my case for an entire year. After finding Brett Bergener on AVOO, my case was completed in a little over 2 months and I am very pleased with the outcome. With such high reviews, I wasn't sure if Bergener & Associates would accept my case since it was such a small injury (minor dog bite) and I actually had trouble finding a lawyer in my city (San Diego) that would accept my case. My previous lawyer even advised me to pretend I no longer had the pictures of my injury because he didn't believe they were bad enough. Mr. Bergener said that was outrageous and assured me that I had a strong case. I also really appreciate the fact that they were willing to work with me despite the issues I had with my previous lawyer. He was on the unethical side and I almost had to report him because he wouldn't hand over my file, despite it being the client's property. Long story short, Mr. Bergener was incredibly understanding, worked with me for weeks before I was even an official client, and has renewed my faith in personal injury lawyers. His firm was professional, persistent, and handled everything extremely quickly. I could tell how different this firm was from just the very first phone call. After signing with Bergener & Associates, it was an extremely effortless process. Highly recommend.
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Posted by MS | January 16, 2014
I highly recommend Bergener & Associates
“Bergener & Associates helped me from the day I was injured by an uninsured motorist’s negligent driving to the day the case was completely and FULLY successfully settled. The team helped me every single step I had to go through as an injured/hurting victim. I am so grateful to them because I could get necessary medical treatments so quickly. They even helped me to make initial appointments. I know my case was not a big case in terms of business profit for them. What most impressed me was that I KNOW I continued getting the same dedication, compassion and attention from them, just like for other clients with larger cases. They never minimized my pain, concerns and worries regardless of size of the case. Their response was always quick, thorough and professional. I highly recommend Bergener and Associates to everyone I know if he/she was in the same situation.”
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Posted by rob | November 3, 2013
Made me look like a hero
Mr. Bergener is way better than anyone I've dealt with. I worked for a different personal injury attorney a long time ago. So friends still ask me about accidents or legal issues they have. My friend Samantha got into a car accident and wanted my help. So I helped her shop around and these guys seemed on top of their game and very knowledgeable. So I recommended them (and was a little bit nervous since it was entirely possible they just talked the talk but weren't really that great). I had no reason at all to worry. She was amazed at how competent they were and how smooth the whole process was. And it really made me look like I knew what I was doing. Bottom line: If a family member got in an accident, I would send them here.
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Posted by Barbara | April 29, 2013
with kindness, caring,and compassion
I found James Bergener name as I walked through the yellow pages, I was impressed with what I read in the ad, made an initial call, was greeted on the phone with kindness, caring and compassion the next day had someone in my home getting details and information needed to get my case started, also was given a contact person which was nice because I would contact just one person making it easier for all concerned, because of the complexity of my case, at the close of my case was I given a surprising gift. I would like to thank each and every person who assisted James on my case, from the initial phone call, to the investigator who came to my home to James of course and all his Team for assisting him to victory. thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Christopher | April 15, 2013
Professional and thorough
They helped me every step of the way. Set up physician appointments for me as well as physical therapy, I never had to pay out of pocket for anything and I was given great medical care. I was kept up to date on how my case way going. My medical bills were paid and I got far more than I expected for my case after all the medical providers were compensated. I would highly recommend James Bergener to friends and family if they ever need a personal injury attorney.
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Posted by Carla | July 17, 2012
Settled my claim after liability was denied.
I was hit by a delivery car making a left hand turn. The accident totaled my car and I was taken to the hospital. Even though the police report said it was their fault, the insurance company refused liability. After a few weeks of struggling with them I found Mr. Bergener on the internet. I really wish I had called him earlier. After a week the insurance company accepted responsibility. Now I tell everyone who's been in an accident to hire an attorney right away. But I am very greatful to Mr. Bergener and his whole firm for taking charge and getting me a good settlement. I know it would have been hard or impossible without them.
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Posted by Gary | April 27, 2011
excellent lawyer
We hired Mr. Bergener to represent us for a car accident in which my wife was injured (I was also a client). I expected that the process would require quite a bit extra effort for me -- and that I would have to chase down our lawyer so that my our case would progress smoothly. This was not the case. The firm handled everything and kept us constantly informed. The staff at the firm is very professional and we really enjoyed every interaction. My own claim with the firm, for loss of consortium resulting due to my wife's injuries, was handled very tactfully. Hopefully I never will need another lawyer, but if I do I certainly will use this firm again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2011
Professional and Compassionate Service
I called Bergener & Associates after I was rear-ended at a stoplight. From the start everyone I spoke to was kind and knowledgeable. They started getting everything together right away so I could just focus on getting back to work. I also appreciated how well I was informed throughout my case.
Posted by David | February 25, 2011
James Bergener was Great!
I called Bergener & Associates after an accident and it was the best thing I've ever done. Insurance wasn't even offering enough to cover my medical expenses and lost wages, but after Mr. Bergener got involved, my insurance company actually started working for me! Bergener & Associates got me what I deserved, I would recommend them anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.
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Posted by Hanni Piirto | December 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did a great job!
I had a exquisite experience with each the lawyers and group of workers of the James. I had a small case and did now not expect a big agreement but they made certain to communicate with me at some stage in the whole technique and I ended up with a ways extra than I ever expected. I would sincerely advise their offerings to all people.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representative
I would rather suggest Attorney James to symbolize you. He become approachable and defined the entirety very it seems that. He become sincere with the choices I had to make and gave pertinent records to assists me in making affordable informed decisions. My outcome turned into fantastic and I felt like he was genuinely on my aspect.
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Posted by Darby | November 19, 2013
Genuine, Compassionate, Honest and Concerned
My situation was extreme, having been hit by another car going 100 + MPH through a red light with no witnesses. Bergener and associates picked me up when I needed it moat and allowed me to focus on therapy and Recovery which Was Imperative To Picking up The Pieces And Getting Back To "LIFE". I DEFINITELY recommend you call them yourselves and discover the difference
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Sweet James LLP
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Wrongful death
  • $2 Million
  • Fatal Pedestrian Accident
  • $1.5 Million
  • Doe vs. Doe
  • $510,000
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Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (29)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I know Mr. Bergener to be an exceptional attorney. I've seen the amazing results he routinely obtains for his clients. His outstanding reputation throughout our legal community is by no accident. I am remarkably fortunate to be able to work and learn alongside someone of his caliber."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is very knowledgeable about personal injury cases. He is professional and courteous and I refer to him regularly. He works tirelessly for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"James is incredible. The care he pours into each and every client case is inspiring. James is the best combination of compassion and agreession. He truly cares for his clients and is an excellent attorney. His experience and knowledge of the field makes him the best attorney in the personal injury field. It has been a pleasure working for him thus far and I look forward to learning much more from him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Other
"An attorney that is great at what he does and knows the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very knowledgable and well respected attorney in our industry. He fights zealously for all his clients and is very honest and ethical. His honesty and sincerity to his clients shows through with every case. James is experienced and skillful, his experience allows him to be aggressive and competent in all his cases. He gives individual assessment and attention for all his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 23
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 | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known James for over ten years. I truly admire his honesty, sincerity and dedication to his clients. The attorneys at Bergener & Associates are extremely aggressive and competent in handling any type of personal injury matters. I strongly endorse James Bergener."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bergener. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an experienced and skillful attorney. He fights passionately for his clients' rights, as is evident by his record of success."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bergener is a competent attorney who treats his clients with respect."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I fully endorse James Bergener. He is a skilled lawyer who is fiercely dedicated to securing the best possible resolutions for his clients. James is very knowledgeable and compassionate when it comes to personal injury matters. I know him to be a man of integrity and would not hesitate to recommend his firm to my friends and family."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know first-hand that James Michael Bergener goes out of his way to earn the trust of his clients. I trust his judgement personal injury matters and respect him as a fellow member of the California Bar Association."
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Newport Beach Car accident Lawyer James Bergener
James Bergener
Car accident Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation