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Jingming Cai

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.7   14 reviews

also known as James Cai

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jingming

Learn Jingming’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    I serve as corporate counsel for high technology start-ups, small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit organizations for their incorporation, venture financing, employment, business contract, merger/acquisition, and litigation service needs.

    26 years

  2. Litigation
    I have in depth experience in civil litigation in matters involving business, investment fraud, employment, real estate, debt collection, breach of contract, and intellectual property).

    26 years

  3. Immigration
    Due to my unique international law practice, I have assisted many of my international clients with regard to their global transfer of high level executives to United States on L-1A and L-1B visas, and many investors to secure green card through EB-5 visa program.

    26 years


James Cai founded SAC Attorneys LLP after serving as in-house legal counsel for Yahoo! Inc.  His practice focuses on corporate law, business related civil litigation, and immigration law.


Mr. Cai believes in relationship lawyering and has a client-driven practice. He practices law the old fashioned way – giving each client this full attention with prompt responses, thorough research and analysis, aggressive representation and careful attention to details, in both transactional and litigation matters.  As a result, most of his clients are repeat and long term clients, including individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations and public companies.


Before founding SAC Attorneys LLP, Mr. Cai served as in-house counsel for Yahoo! Inc. He also practiced law with Morrison & Foerster LLP and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (now known as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary), two of the largest law firms in California.  Mr. Cai holds a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, graduating in the top 5% of his class.


Mr. Cai is admitted to practice in California, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 


Mr. Cai is committed to community services and is frequently invited as a guest speaker and commentator on current legal issues by local news media, non-profit organizations and chambers of commerce.


Client's Choice 2012,2011
Client's Choice
2012 2011
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor

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SAC Attorneys LLP
1754 Technology Drive Suite 122
San Jose, CA, 95110


4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Yunzheng | May 18, 2011
One of THE Best
James was recommended by his client to our company. Since we started working with him, we are really impressed by his knowledge, honesty, integrity and responsiveness. He is simply one of THE best.
Posted by Cynthia | June 17, 2011
Civil Litigation -- Proving Lack of Existence of a Real Estate Contract / Agreement
My sister and I were defendants in a civil litigation case. We hired James Cai and his law firm, Schein & Cai LLP. Mr. Cai is a diligent attorney and responded to our questions in a timely fashion. He and his staff were very helpful in keeping us informed of the proceedings of the case and in explaining each step. Mr. Cai is also very conscientious of fees and costs, and avoided unnecessary charges. The results of the Summary Adjudication sided with us. The Court Trial resulted in the “Final Statement of Decision” and “Judgment after Court Trial” overwhelmingly siding with us.
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Posted by Wenwen C. | July 20, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Reliable and knowledgeable
I just had a consultation with James about my visa and business concerns. He is super responsive and patient, and always replied to me very quickly. During the half-hour consultation, he is a great listener and gave lots of useful suggestions based on his knowledge, which is not what I expected. I'm so grateful for his help and would love to keep in touch for my future stuff needs!
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Posted by Yuva | May 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!!
I have recently hired James on a litigation issue and he was highly personable and knowledgeable. He took his time to listen to your concerns and always had a positive response. Though i moved to a new counsel due to personal reasons, i would highly recommend James!!
Posted by William | December 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
H-1B Petition Legal Help
Attorney Jingming Cai and his team are very professional and knowledgeable. I enjoyed being their client very much. They are EXTREMELY responsive and responsible. Every single email and question are promptly answered. Even though we have a difficult case, we were able to obtain the H-1B visa for the prospective employee. We will definitely come back for more legal help from Jingming Cai and his legal team.
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Posted by M A | November 15, 2014
James and his team were able to get valuable settlement for me!
I had a contractual dispute with a phone company (RespOrg). James and his team (Andrew Watters) were instrumental in drafting and filing the case and ultimately getting a settlement which served my purpose. I found James friendly and prompt with important and time sensitive requests. I am happy to recommend James and his team. All five stars for you James. Thank you.
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Posted by Darrin | September 4, 2014
Excellent Service
I hired James to take care of a litigation matter for me. James did a excellent job. Always kept me informed along the process. I was completely satisfied and would recommend his services. Thanks again!
Posted by Nancy | May 1, 2013
Great Service!
He did a great job to help me get the best compesation I could. I'm very satisfied, and would recommend to anyone out there seeking help.
Posted by Sharon | November 12, 2011
Great Service!
We are an international company and engaged Schein & Cai LLP to set up an operation in US and transfer our key management employee on L-1 petition. James and his team provided prompt, professional and excellent services that made our expansion into US market very smooth. Thank you!
Posted by Vincent | November 2, 2011
Excellent Attorney
We just finished a lengthy and contentious contract dispute case. James Cai did a wonderful job and the judge found us the prevailing party, with judgment for full amount of the promissory note, plus attorneys' fees and costs. We are completely satisfied and feel vindicated!
Posted by Gang | October 24, 2011
James is an excellent and trustworthy lawyer and always takes good care of his clients. By taking advantage of his multi-culture backgrounds, James can provide unique, high-quality but cost effective legal service. I would highly recommend James to my freinds, clients and colleagues.
Posted by Michael | August 24, 2011
Internet Dispute Resolved
Mr. Cai successfully resolved a difficult internet dispute for me with skill and determination. He is a true professional and has my respect and gratitude.
Posted by Frank | July 21, 2011
Jobs well done!
Mr. Cai and his firm has helped me in multiple IP cases. All jobs have been very well done and shown his commitment and efficiency. I can't recommend Mr. Cai and his firm enough. Being in the medical industry for over 20 years, I truly believe that once reputation is built then business follows. Thank you, Mr. Cai. I'll be back soon.
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Posted by Richard | November 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Be caution to retain him!
I hired James Cai (or Jingming Cai) as my attorney for a case. It was a disaster! He has, at least, the following issues: 1. Concealed important information. He hid the information for earning your money; 2. Not professional at all. Delaying your case without notifying you; 3. You would get a HUGE bill, some of the items was not caused by you at all; I have FILED a lawsuit against him and SAC Attorneys LLP. NEVER use him!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • SAC Attorneys LLP
  • 2002 - Present
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • 2000 - 2002


  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 1998
  • Villanova University
  • M.S.
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Trans Pacific National Bank Vs G2Sources, Inc.
  • Client settled without having to pay anything.
  • Math v. Institute for Medical Education, Inc.
  • Complete defense verdict for client
  • Moletech Global Hong Kong Ltd. v. Pojery Trading Co. and Pottery Trading USA
  • Represented Defendants to Dismiss the Entire Case


  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Premier Lawyers of America!
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Information Business Alliance
  • Chairman
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Member of Premier Lawyer of America
  • Premier Lawyer of America
  • 2019
  • Top 100 for Excellence in Business Law
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Best Real Estate Lawyers in San Jose, CA
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Attorneys
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2017
  • Lawyer of Distinction (Top 10% of Attorneys in US)
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award in Immigration
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top US Patent Firms of 2011
  • Intellectual Property Today
  • 2011
  • Best of San Jose Local Business
  • U.S. Commerce Association
  • 2009
  • Top Trademark Firms of 2007
  • Intellectual Property Today
  • 2008
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
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  • World Journal
  • MeToo Movement and Harassment Issues at Work Place
  • 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Unemployment Law
  • 2017
  • 16 Temp. Envtl. L. & Tech. J. 287
  • Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison, Should the Test be "Literally Copied" in a Computer Program Literal Copying Case?
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Doing business in US
  • 2019
  • Successful Business Path
  • Business Law for Start-Up Entrepreneurs
  • 2015
  • Small Business Finance and Legal Affairs
  • Avoid Legal Pitfalls in Business
  • 2013
  • Should I Start a Business?
  • Business Law for Start-Up Entrepreneurs
  • 2013
  • Business and IP Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Corporate and Intellectual Property Law
  • 2007
  • US Business and Intellectual Property Law Update
  • U.S. Corporate and Intellectual Property Law
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (4)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"James has extended experience and profound business sense in supporting small and mid-sized business. In the past twenty years, he has assisted thousands of business organizations in Silicon Valley and beyond. I appreciate his guidance and supervision in my career development."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"James is a great attorney who has a strong understanding of business litigation and how to accomplish the client's goals. It has been a pleasure to work with him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of knowing Jingming Cai, by working with him at his firm. He is a very knowledgeable Corporate/Business Law Attorney, and also focuses on Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation Management, Immigration, and related practice areas. This is a very rare combination of skillet, which makes him an extremely valuable attorney in Start-up world. His firm is one stop for all your business, corporate, IP, and immigration needs. His litigation practice is top notch and he has managed some amazing cases. He is very respected in Asian community and has helped several client win difficult L-1, EB-5 and H-1 cases. He understands the intricacies of the L-1 process and advises client on setting up new offices in US and then successfully filing for extensions and then green card. I fully endorse him and recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James and I had the opportunity to work together on several matters. I enjoyed the chance to work with him and I look forward to next time."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with James on many immigration cases (my specialty). His main practice area is not immigration, it is civil litigation and corporate matters, but his knowledge of immigration law is impressive. He gives his clients a great deal of attention and concern and is committed to obtaining the best result for his clients."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"First, I want to endorse James for not only his corporate work but other areas as well, including commercial litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, immigration etc. To my opinion, James excels in many practice areas. I worked with James on many matter and are really impressed by his professionalism, skill and experience in handling client's work. will more than happy to recommend James as counsel to my clients without any hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Cai is a tenacious litigator who goes the extra mile for his clients and their specific needs."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James has a sharp legal mind, and broad knowledge on intellectual property, litigation, corporation, business and real estate matters. He is highly regarded by his clients as well. It was a pleasure working with him."
Business Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"James has business savvy in addition to a keen legal mind. He scrupulously monitors fees and costs to avoid unnecessary charges. He is a fine person to work with."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"James is an extremely gifted litigator who aggressively represents his client's interests."
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