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I have been practicing law for over 35 years, mainly in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.  My practice emphasizes litigation, most of which concerns estate and trust disputes, such as will and trust contests, financial elder abuse prosecution, and other property ownership matters.  My clients have included individuals, charities, educational institutions, and professional and institutional fiduciaries.


I am a member of the San Francisco Superior Court panel of attorneys appointed to represent proposed conservatees.  I also mediate cases as a court-appointed member of the San Francisco Superior Court Probate and Trust Litigation Mediation Panel.


I devote pro bono services to public interest advocacy groups involved in environmental law, a field in which I have an advanced law degree (LL.M.).


In my spare time, I pursue my interest in photography as a freelancer for the New York Times.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    38 years
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    35 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    36 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    19 years



Hourly ($400-550/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Law Office of James A. Barringer

150 California Street
21st Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94611


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerThompson Reuters2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Managing Editor, Hastings Law JournalUniversity of California Hastings College of the Law1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of James A. Barringer2012 - Present
Of CounselEvans, Latham & Campisi2000 - 2012
PartnerBarringer & Lawrence1992 - 2000
AssociatePillsbury Winthrop1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust SectionCo-chair of Litigation Committee1996 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Mooney, 169 Cal.App.4th 654, 87 Cal.Rptr.3d 115 (2008)Our interpretation of the "anti lapse" statute carried the day in the Court of Appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)California Trust and Probate Litigation2012
17 CEB Estate Planning and California Probate ReporterBeware: Not All Fiduciary Law is Created Equal1996
California State Bar Trusts and Estates QuarterlyThe Effect of Elder Abuse on the Conduct of Estate and Trust Litigation1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawEnvironmental LawLL.M - Master of Laws2009
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Southern California Probate and Trust ConferenceTrust Litigation1996