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James Carl Eschen III

Litigation Attorney at Santa Cruz, CA

4.8   4 reviews

also known as James Eschen, Jake Eschen

  • State Years
    California - CA 39 years
    Connecticut - CT 32 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1992
    Retired 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. Litigation
    I assist my clients with their business and real estate disputes. Whether you have a problem with a supplier, a customer, an associate, or a competitor, I can help. I also help when my clients face difficulties with their neighbors, with buyers, sellers, and real-estate agents, or with co-owners.

  2. Real estate
    Besides litigating real-estate disputes, I can help you buy or sell your house or acquire an easement.

  3. Employment and labor
    My employment practice mostly includes ensuring compliance with wage and hour laws and defending professional and occupational licenses.

  4. Landlord or tenant
    I assist residential and commercial landlords and tenants who want to enter leases, know their rights under them, and end them.

  5. Appeals
    I have written over 50 appeals. I have developed both the extensive knowledge of the law and the clear prose necessary for appellate success.

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James Carl Eschen III
55 River Street
Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Phil | February 19, 2013
Mr. Eschen= EXCELLENCE! We recommend him!
Mr. Eschen III is an EXCELLENT attorney, we will ask for his assistance again! He answered our questions promptly, professional and overall gave us AWESOME service!! My wife and I were very impressed by his service! We are very pleased we found AVVO and Mr. Eschen. We had seen another website, it was not very good. This site, AVVO is fantastic. Ask Mr. Eschen with your legal concerns, he'll be on top of it!
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Posted by Rin | December 20, 2012
Haiku for James Eschen: All four seasons James Eschen gives ethical defense with excellence.
Posted by Carol | December 3, 2012
Excellent representation on a difficult case
Jake Eschen did an excellent job of putting together and presenting the pieces of a difficult case. He explained the process and legal context, which we needed due to our inexperience with this type of proceeding. When it became clear the case was not going to be settled out of court, he suggested bringing in an expert witness, who very credibly established the value of the disputed property at the time of agreements made more than 30 years ago. That unbiased testimony was an important piece of evidence in support of our position. Jake also did the necessary legal research to successfully counter the opponent's arguments. On top of all that he is a man of high integrity, and makes efficient use of billable time.
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Posted by brent marsh | May 10, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledge around my convuluted situation, and kind for responding.
James' response to a prior email was the closest answer I've seen in researching case law for 25 hours. He was kind to offer an email responding to more details when I wrote to him.


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Dartmouth Coll
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • University of Connecticut
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A


  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Director, President
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • State Bar of California, Big News for Solo and Small Firms
  • Nothing Is Certain But . . .: Tax Liens and the Judgment Creditor
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association Employment and Labor Relations Newsletter
  • California Employment Law: No Place for the Wanderer
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Real estate Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jake and I have worked together for the same client and he was a pleasure to work with."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Eschen are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Eschen's answers to questions are always clear, concise, and correct. I find him to be a great asset to the AVVO community. He is one of the leaders of the AVVO community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Eschen is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with his time and expertise. I recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The regular accuarate and analytic answers of Mr. Eschen are always customized to the needs of the Avvo akser. These are exactly the qualities that every client would be looking for when hiring an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After reading most or maybe all of Mr. Eschen's responses to employment and labor questions on Avvo, I am glad to endorse him. His responses are remarkable for their accuracy, clarity and analysis. If Mr. Eschen brings the same level of care to his clients (and I am sure he does), then his clients are in very good hands."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Escshen is a very knowledgeable attorney who provides excellent responses on"
Litigation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Eschen and I were on opposite sides of a long-running and very contentious case. As litigation attorneys and judges know well, it is very easy for opposing attorneys to fall into adversarial positions that are antagonistic and unproductive. Mr. Eschen shares my view that this may feel self-righteous, it rarely advances our clients' cause. As a result, Mr. Eschen was always professional, courteous and ethical. He fought hard for his client, but did it the right way."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jake is very thorough in his research & dedicated to seeing Justice done."
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