James King’s trial testimony as a legal expert has been praised by juries and judges for his unique ability to distill complex legal issues into understandable concepts. A graduate of Stanford Law School (Order of the Coif, Law Review), Mr. King has consistently qualified as an expert whenever his testimony has been offered. Mr. King testifies nationwide.
Jim's 30+ years of experience and knowledge are reflected in his assignments: he has supervised and coordinated billion dollar litigation and has arbitrated or testified in over 250 attorney fee disputes, legal ethics, and malpractice disputes (with hundreds of millions of dollars at issue). Superior Court Judges have chosen Mr. King to work confidentially with them as a Special Master in a number of serious criminal cases, including homicide and judicial bribery. He has testified extensively in Federal and State Courts, and also has appeared as an expert in forums as diverse the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the High Court of Kenya.
Areas of Expertise
- Legal Ethics
- Legal Fees
- Legal Malpractice
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: J.D., Stanford Law School '79, Order of the Coif, Law Review
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson Law School, Legal Ethics (Ethics Credit)
Ethical Aspects of Attorney Retention Agreements (Ethics Credit) (May 2011)
Ethical Aspects of Attorneys Fee Issues (Ethics Credit) (May 2011)
National Ass’n of Legal Fee Analysts: Effects of Ethical Violations on Fees (2010)(Ethics Credit)
CNA Malpractice Insurance Carrier: The Minefields of Practice
Continuing Education of the Bar: Evidence for Business Lawyers
Continuing Education of the Bar: Evidence, Laying the Foundation
State Bar of California: Engagement, Disengagement, and Conflicts Waiver
Agreements-Practical and Ethical Considerations of Forming and Terminating (Ethics Credit)
State Bar of California: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Paid (Ethics Credit)
State Bar of California: Getting the Work and Keeping It
State Bar of California: How Lawyers Screw Up (Ethics Credit)
San Diego Inn of Court: Trial Advocacy
San Diego Inn of Court: Workshop on Evidence
San Diego Inn of Court: Ethics of Trial Advocacy (Ethics Credit)
American Arbitration Association: Effective Advocacy
Litigation Services Institute: The CPA as an Expert Witness
California CPA Society Education Division: Evidence and Advocacy
California CPA Society Education Division: Effective Retention Agreements
San Diego CPA Litigation Section: How Experts Screw Up
San Diego County Bar Association: Retention and Withdrawal (Ethics Credit)
San Diego County Bar Association: Federal Practice
San Diego County Bar Association: Doing the Job Right (Ethics Credit)
San Diego County Bar Association: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Paid (Ethics Credit)
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: 40+
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: • Legal Ethics
• Attorney Fee Disputes
• Standards of Practice in Litigation and Trials
• Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability
• Attorney Professional Responsibility
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 50%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 50%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 20+
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: January 2015 and February 2015
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 15
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 25+
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 25+
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Analysis, Opinion, Expert Testimony
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $525
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $525
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $600
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $600
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: 1/2 for travel (at economny fares, etc.)
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