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James Lewis focuses his practice on the representation of personal injury claimants and families of those who have suffered wrongful death. As a proven trial attorney, Mr. Lewis represents those who are catastrophically injured, permanently disabled, and who have suffered financial loss due to their life-altering injuries. Having resolved cases in excess of $1 million, he was awarded a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Admitted in California and several federal district courts, he pursues justice for his clients in all venues. He is a member in good standing with the Sacramento and Placer County Bar Associations and the CCTLA. Mr. Lewis is regularly appointed as a mediation judge pro tem by the Superior Courts of El Dorado, Placer and Sutter counties. He is an active member of ADRNC.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    12 years



Contingent (33-45%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph E Maloney

    I endorse this lawyer. James and I have worked together on a complicated recreational accident case in federal court. He has done great work in the case, especially in advising me on insurance subrogation issues.


    Joseph Maloney Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Frank D. Penney

1544 Eureka Road
Suite 120
Roseville, CA, 95661


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Top LawyerSacramento Magazine2015
Northern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Best of the Bar NomineeSacramento Business Journal2014
Northern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Northern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Frank D. Penney2002 - Present
Pro Tem JudgePlacer County Superior Court2011 - 2012
ADR AppointeeSutter County Superior Court2011 - 2012
DRC JudgeEl Dorado County Superior Court2010 - 2012
Law ClerkBrayton Purcell, LLP2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern CaliforniaMember2011 - Present
Placer County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionMember2004 - Present
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2015 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jane Doe v. State FarmState Farm pays $40,000 more than its last offer
Defendant forced to sell 2nd home to satisfy settlementAfter 18 months of litigation, we forced defendant to sell his second home for $700,000 to contribute to the settlement, in addition to the $500,000 from insurance.
Bad Faith Claim Rights The Wrongs$16,000 in bad faith damages to my clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
Personal Injury BlogWrongful Death Claims Settled2012
Personal Injury BlogIs the Insurance Company Telling the Truth?2012
Lewis-ADR BlogGet Inside Your Opponent's Head2011
Lewis-ADR BlogHowell Case: Impact of Medical Expense Damages Diminished?2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PCLPA Quarterly ConferenceQ&A Paralegal Examination2010