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James Paul Larsen

also known as Jim Larsen

About me

Jim Larsen received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982, and his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1986. He has tried numerous jury and court cases and has argued at the appellate level in California and Oregon. Each of the partners of GJEL Accident Attorneys started their careers in public service, and while their cases have gotten larger and more complex along the way, that hasn't changed the firm's focus. GJEL clients don't pay a penny unless they win. 


In it's April 2010 edition, Plaintiff Magazine named GJEL Accident Attorneys "one of the area's top civil litigation firms." The firm was also featured on the cover of San Francisco Magazine's "Best Lawyers in America" August 2009 edition. With over $600 million in verdicts and settlements, the firm is on every short list of top plaintiff's auto accident and personal injury law firms in California. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard Jonathan Spencer

    James is an outstanding and hard-working lawyer. He is seasoned, experienced and an asset to the Bay Area legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse him.


    Richard Spencer Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

GJEL Accident Attorneys

2950 Buskirk Ave, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
San Francisco Area Lawyers of the YearBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyerState Bar of CaliforniaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGJEL Accident Attorneys1988 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
U.S. Federal CourtMember1987 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1988 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
James Publishing publication, Advisory BoardRepresenting California Sexual Harassment Plaintiffs2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bay Area Chapter of Northern CaliforniaMedical Cases Involving Bay Area Nurses2009
Alameda County Superior CourtDay of Trial Settlement Mentor2008
CLE MediationMediation2005