The Law Offices of James B. Devine
A Professional Corporation

5 South California Street, Suite 9 Telephone: 805-648-1800
Ventura, California 93001                                                  Facsimile: 805-648-1803
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James B. Devine

James represents small- and medium-sized businesses and their owners, many of whom work in the construction industry, in all aspects of their business operations. James assists our clients form, license, and maintain associations, corporations, non-profit organizations, partnerships, and limited liability companies to operate in California, Nevada, and Arizona. James’ experience and background help the client determine which entity is best for them with an eye towards the start of the business, its operation and maintenance, and the client’s eventual “exit plan.”

James drafts, negotiates, and reviews construction contracts for public and private projects, shareholder agreements, asset acquisition agreements, real and personal property leases, agreements for secured and unsecured financing, and many other business agreements. James has extensive experience with AIR, AIA and AGC contract documents. James also handles fictitious business name filings.

James also assists our clients resolve disputes on commercial, residential and public works projects, including disputes over payment, change orders, back charges, delays, acceleration, and punch list completion. James has arbitrated, mediated and litigated these construction disputes leading to the collection of substantial sums for our clients. James has also defended our clients when their own customers have challenged the quality of the work performed. James has also represented contractors in Contractors State License Board administrative hearings in claims from homeowner clients and has represented homeowners in hearings against unlicensed contractors.

James has also argued civil and criminal appeals before the Appellate Court of California and bankruptcy appeals before the United States District Court.

James is admitted to practice in California State Courts and the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Federal Districts of California. James is a member of the National Legal Committee for NORML and a member of CaNORML.

When he is not working, James enjoys spending time as a proud father and husband with his family, dabbling with home improvement projects, and rooting for the Clippers and Dodgers, along with his hometown Bears, Bulls, and Cubs.

James  obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago in 1994 and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1999. During law school, two of James’ articles were published in the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal while James served as the Survey and Index Editor for USF’s Maritime Law Journal from 1997 to 1999.

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