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At the Law Offices of James V. Sansone, our founding attorney, James V. Sansone, has devoted our firm to providing caring and dedicated legal assistance to clients throughout Santa Rosa, California, and the extended North Bay. Prior to starting our firm, Mr. Sansone worked for a Northern California Law Firm, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office and Redwood Credit Union. His experiences in these positions gave him the passion needed to form his own law firm with the intention of providing legal assistance in a unique manner, one full of integrity and personalized attention to every client.

Attorney Sansone is devoted to offering an affordable alternative to large firm practices which generally lack the flexibility to tailor billing arrangements to accommodate the needs of the average person.

His enthusiasm for the law, compassion for his clients, and aggressive method of litigation has brought many of his clients successful results with their legal matters.



  • J.D., Cum Laude, Empire College School of Law

  • B.S., University of San Francisco


Honors & Awards:

  • California State Legislature Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award

  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility

  • Editorial Board Member, Empire Law Review



  • Co-Authored Granholm v. Heald: Are The Grapes Really Free? [1 Empire L. Rev. 25 (2006)]. This article discusses the Interstate Commerce Clause found in the United States Constitution and its affects on the California wine industry.



  • California State Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th District

 Community and Professional Memberships:

  • State Bar of California, Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections, Member

  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Bench Bar and Barrister Sections

  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

  • California DUI Lawyers Association, Member

  • Mendocino County Court Approved Criminal Conflicts Panel, Member

  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Member

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event Committee, Member, 2005 - 2008

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 70%
    10 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 20%
    8 years
  3. Litigation: 8%
    10 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 2%
    10 years



Hourly ($225-275/hour), contingent (20-40%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Heather Mellyn Cullen

    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.


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Contact info

Law Offices of James V. Sansone

1260 N Dutton Avunue, Suite 135
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Legislature Outstanding Scholastic Achievement AwardState of California2006
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional LawWitkin Legal Institute2005
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Prof. ResponsibilityWitkin Legal Institute2005
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal LawWitkin Legal Institute2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead Attorney / OwnerSonoma County Family Law and Bankruptcy Attorney at Law Offices of James V. Sansone2009 - Present
AttorneyMedium Size Northern California Law Firm2006 - 2009
Internal AuditorRedwood Credit Union1999 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sonoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionChairman2011 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Santa Rosa Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
National Association Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Assoication, Civil Bench BarMember2008 - Present
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - 2011
American Cancer Society, Relay for Life CommitteeLogistics Co-Chair2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Constance Cook v. Gwendolyn SmithJudgment in favor of Plaintiff for all back due rent and treble damages in the amount of $49,635.96
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
Marinace, et al. vs. MarinaceDefendant Debtor filed Motion for Summary Judgment and Plaintiff Creditor dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice two days before the hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Empire Law Review [1 Empire L. Rev. 25 (2006)].Co-Authored Granholm v. Heald: Are The Grapes Really Free?2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Empire College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of San FranciscoEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeAdministration of JusticeAssoicate of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Expunge Your Criminal RecordExpungement2009