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James Vincent Sansone

Litigation Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.6   9 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Civil litigation focusing on commercial and business disputes to include: Administrative Proceedings Arbitration Mediation State and Federal Court Litigation Trial and Appellate Work

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Subchapter 5, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Litigation (Creditor and Debtor)

  3. Employment and labor
    Advice and assistance on employment and labor matters across the human resources spectrum to include: Wage & Hour advice Discrimination and Harassment Wrongful termination Classifications (exempt, independent contractors, etc.)

James V. (Jim) Sansone is a litigation and trial associate with Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP. Jim has been practicing in Northern California since 2006 and holds an AVVO rating of 9.3 (10.0 is the highest). Jim has successfully tried a wide variety of civil and bankruptcy legal disputes over his legal career in both State and Federal Court. A persuasive and successful trial lawyer Jim captures the respect of clients and judges alike.

Jim also holds a position as an adjunct professor at Santa Rosa Junior College teaching Business Law and Introduction to Law for Paralegals in their Business Administration Department.

Prior to joining CMPR, Jim owned, operated, and managed a robust general civil litigation law firm, (2009-2019), employing two legal assistants, a paralegal, and an associate attorney. Jim’s clients value that he tells them the truth and doesn’t waste their time in order to increase billable hours. Litigating approximately 1,000 trials over this period, Jim was able to showcase his gift for being a tenacious, no nonsense, straight forward, bottom line attorney. Former clients of Jim have consistently praised his “superior knowledge of the law” and called him simply, “a bulldog.”

Admitted to practice in California, Jim is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for 9th Federal Circuit, Jim has successfully litigated a broad range of legal issues, which include: bankruptcy adversary litigation on behalf of debtors and creditors; high-asset divorces, interstate and international custody disputes; real estate disputes including seller and broker misrepresentation, easements, landlord issues, boundary and title disputes; wrongful foreclosure litigation; construction industry matters including defect cases, mechanic’s lien and contract enforcement; business torts including misappropriation of trade secrets, fraudulent conveyance, interference with contract and business relations; employment claims involving discrimination, retaliation and harassment; disputes among partners, limited partners, trustee and beneficiaries; trust and estate disputes, including investment of trust assets; breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, removal and surcharge of fiduciaries; premise liability through the judicial process.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Jim is an avid New England Patriots fan. In his spare time, you can find him at the gym, watching movies, preferably ones with Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino, hiking, and camping.


• Member, Sonoma County Bar Association

• Member, Sonoma County Alliance

• Ms. Sansone has been selected as a California Lawyer of Distinction © in 2016 for litigation and 2017-2019 for family and divorce law. (Lawyers of Distinction Members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process by the Lawyers of Distinction Selection Committee utilizing U.S. Provisional Patent # 62/743,254. The platform generates a numerical score of 1 to 5 for each of the 12 enumerated factors which are meant to recognize the applicant’s achievements and peer recognition.)


• Bachelor of Science University of San Francisco, 2001

• Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Empire College School of Law, 2006


• Employment

• Litigation


Granholm v. Heald: Are The Grapes Really Free? [Empire College Law Review, Volume 1 – Spring 2006]



Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 03/19/2023
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/07/2022

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

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Posted by Lisatwo39 | November 16, 2013
Jim is a great lawyer
Jim helped me out in a family law matter. Ive worked with a lot of worthless lawyers and Jim is a good guy. He's honest and up front. He doesn't overcharge his clients. He works with you when you can't afford it. He was a life saver, and a blessing after my other lawyer took me for a ride.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2013
Knowledgeable Aggressive Legal Representative
My family law case in Mendocino County was very difficult from the start, and I went through a literal phone book trying to find a lawyer that would at least listen to my side before their outright refusal. I was at the end of my rope when I found James. He not only listened to me, but took my case when other lawyers wouldn't even take my phone calls. He handled everything with professionalism, and managed to be compassionate while doing so. I never felt like I was just another client while I worked with Mr. Sansone. He was very quick to return phone calls and e-mails, and always kept me abreast of any changes in my case. I wouldn't hesitate giving Mr. Sansone a reference to someone I knew in California. I also wouldn't think twice about hiring him again if I ever needed a lawyer. He is the best choice I could have every made for my family law case, and I am so grateful for the hard work and compassion he showed while he represented me
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2011
Business Oriented, Solution Driven
Jim is a no nonsense, straight forward, bottom line attorney. He told me the truth, whether I wanted it or not. He was very logical and realistic in his advice on how best to proceed with our case. His fees were reasonable and he did not waste my money or time.
Posted by Evan | January 15, 2011
James got the job done!
When I was having difficultly collecting money I had loaned out, I called James Sansone. He helped me reach a settlement with my debtor I was happy with. James was easy to get a hold of (something I cannot say about some other attorneys who have represented me). In addition he always was thinking a few steps ahead to make sure both of us clearly understood the options and consequences as the case moved forward. I would recommend James Sansone's legal services to anyone who is in a contract dispute.
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Posted by James and Donna | December 21, 2010
James was very helpful and did not make us feel like we were bad people. He gave us time and answered all our questions. He was very quick to respond with our emails and phone calls. James is a caring and knowledgeable lawyer.
Posted by Karen | December 20, 2010
James was Great!
James was so compassionate and understanding of my dire situation after loosing my job due to disability and my catistrophic circumstances and was very professional and patient with me. I am grateful for his assistance in my legal issues and recommend him to anyone who is having difficulty with a legal situation.
Posted by Barbara | December 18, 2010
My 84 year old mother needed advise and assistance in filing bankruptcy. I looked in the Yellow Pages for someone who handled the Clearlake area for her. I contacted him and he took the rains. He handled everything for us. He was so good with my Mom and it didn't take long before we could all sleep at night. He is very knowledgable and walked us through everything. Even his staff was very helpful. We would not hesitate to use him again if needed. The whole family was very impressed. It's a lot of work to file but he made the work not so bad. e can't thank him enough.
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Posted by MJ | December 18, 2010
Tenacious fighter, reasonable rates
When my wife left me and the kids behind, I didn't know where to turn. Jim jumped in, and fought hard to make sure we were taken care of - at the most reasonable rates in town. Now I have primary custody of the children, got to keep the house - AND receive child support as well. I couldn't have hoped for better results. Thanks Jim!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Incompetent and unmotivated
Do not choose James Sansone, if you are looking for someone to represent you diligently; I feel I was better off without representation than have him as my attorney. He showed no motivation or competence. He has poor written and oral skills. He was consistently uninformed about my case. He was not aware of court dates and left me hanging and stressed out; he called me 5 minutes before a court appearance to tell me I have to be in court. He showed a complete lack of interest in learning the details of my case and therefore did not provide any support or helpful advice during mediation. He stood over me during mediation and demanded that I sign a stipulation which had items added that I had no knowledge of nor agreed to. The stipulation that he worked on my behalf stated that Louise Fightmaster, the mediator, without my knowledge was appointed as child custody recommending counselor, which is in conflict with being the divorce mediator. After I fired, James Sansone, my new attorney found this item and it was retracted from the stipulation because it was in violation. As an attorney he is a poor choice.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Empire College Of Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner & Principal Attorney
  • Law Offices of James V. Sansone
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Beck Law, PC
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Internal Auditor
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • 1999 - 2006
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  • Empire Coll SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of San Francisco
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Assoicate of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Constance Cook v. Gwendolyn Smith
  • Judgment in favor of Plaintiff for all back due rent and treble damages in the amount of $49,635.96
  • William Doe vs. Jennifer Doe
  • Judgment in favor of Petitioner Father terminating Respondent Mother's parental rights.
  • Vietnam Veterans, et. al. v. Central Intelligence Agency, et al.
  • Defended COL James Ketchum, (Ret.) in depositions and document demand that requested voluminous documents from the 1950s to current that related to the Edgewood Arsenal experiments
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • California Legislature Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
  • State of California
  • 2006
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2005
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Prof. Responsibility
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2005
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2003
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  • Empire Law Review [1 Empire L. Rev. 25 (2006)].
  • Co-Authored Granholm v. Heald: Are The Grapes Really Free?
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Expunge Your Criminal Record
  • Expungement
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sansone provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Sansone provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Friend
"Outstanding attorney in other areas as well. You may regret not taking his advice."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sansone has shown great effort and skill with his clients. He is aggressive and gets the job done. He is knowledgeable in multiple areas of law. I would recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jim Sansone for his family law expertise. Jim is very knowledgeable and has a keen sense into litigating very difficult custody matters. I highly recommend Jim."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sansone provides good, informative, well done responses to questions from those who need him. He is a professional."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim and I worked together for a number of years at a firm. I've come to know him as hard-working, intelligent, and aggressive. He is not afraid of a challenge. Whether it's preparing legal briefs or arguing in court, Jim does a great job."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Mr. Sansone on a recent case. I found him to be prepared and focused. He had a good handle on the facts of the case and appropriately applied the law to those facts. He was a vigorous advocate for his client, and a worthy opponent."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim Sansone is an aggressive and dedicated trial attorney, whether working in family law, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant or general civil litigation. He tells his clients how it is and fights hard for their rights and positions."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Sansone is a diligent, hardworking and well prepared attorney who I have referred many clients to. I have always been impressed with his integrity and forthrightness. I recommend him highly to defend your rights."
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