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James Vincent Sansone

Family Attorney

4.6   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 2 years
    California - CA 17 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2021
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active 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. Family
    I guide clients through sensitive matters such as divorce, child custody, support, and domestic relations. With empathy and expertise, we provide solutions to help navigate these complexities and achieve the best possible outcome.

    17 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I offer expert guidance on workplace-related issues including discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and wage disputes. My focus is on protecting your rights and advocating for fair treatment in the workplace.

James V. “Jim” Sansone is a distinguished attorney, renowned for his expertise in litigation and trial law since beginning his career. He has earned an impressive Martindale-Hubbell rating of 4.7 out of 5, a testament to his years of dedicated service and the trust he has built. Jim specializes in family law, adeptly handling complex cases such as high-asset divorces and intricate interstate and international custody disputes. His approach in the courtroom is characterized by both compassion and vigor, always keeping the best interests of his clients and their families at the forefront.

Beyond his courtroom work, Jim is an adjunct professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he teaches Business Law and Introduction to Law for Paralegals. His teaching methodology is enriched by his extensive real-world legal experiences. 

Jim’s legal skills extend to diverse areas such as family law, bankruptcy adversary litigation, real estate disputes, and employment law. He is often commended by clients for his superior legal knowledge and tenacity, earning the nickname of a “bulldog” in the legal realm. Licensed to practice in both California and Washington, including in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Jim’s legal influence is widespread.

His additional roles in the legal community further underscore his commitment and expertise. Jim is a panel member of the Sonoma County Mandatory Settlement Conference Program and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Sonoma County Superior Court. He is a member of the California State Bar, the Washington State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Sonoma County Alliance. Additionally, he has served on the board of the Sonoma County Community Action Partnership and has been recognized as a California Lawyer of Distinction in Litigation and in Family and Divorce Law.

Jim Sansone’s career is a reflection of his unwavering commitment to justice, serving not only as a legal ally to his clients but also as a mentor to the next generation of lawyers. His experience as a former pro-tem judge in Sonoma County further enhances his impressive legal credentials.

• 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

• Family 


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




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4.6 / 5.0
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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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| 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

Sample of 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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