V. James DeSimone is a Los Angeles employment law attorney who has dedicated himself to the rights of the worker since 1985.
How Jim became a lawyer. “I became a lawyer so I could use my skills and knowledge to help people.”
After earning his Juris Doctor from UCLA, Jim gained his early trial experience as a legal service lawyer in Santa Monica. By 1990, he had started a partnership that focused on employment discrimination and harassment as well as civil rights.
“I have been honored to represent thousands of individuals and families and help achieve justice for them.”
Why Jim chose to practice employment law. “The right to be free from discrimination and harassment in employment is one of our civil rights in California.
Jim’s practice is on representing people who have been harmed by corporations.
“It is underdog litigation and I try to level the playing field through my experience as a trial attorney and the resources at my disposal as well as the tenacity I bring to the case with the drive to take it to trial if necessary.
Jim’s philosophy for employment law. “I practice compassionate and vigorous advocacy.”
As an employment lawyer, Jim understands that his clients have been through a hard time and may be struggling to get back on their feet.
“My philosophy is to take this litigation journey with our clients. And while employment law can be challenging, I make sure our clients are protected, prepared and informed.”
The culture of V. James DeSimone Law. “We have a great team of associates and paralegals, each of whom is committed to achieving justice for our clients. Our team knows that we have to work twice as hard to achieve justice for our clients.”
Jim has a cohesive team approach to each case so that he is responsive to clients while still focusing on the work to achieve justice on their behalf.
The highlight of Jim’s workday. Jim credits his team with the tenacity to uncover the evidence needed to prevail in their cases and takes great pleasure in the moment when they’re able to secure that evidence.
He enjoys the satisfaction of taking the deposition of a key witness or finalizing a legal brief with effective legal writing and research to persuade the trier of fact.
“I enjoy when we achieve a precedent setting appeal as we did recently in the case of Rubio v. CIA Wheel Group, establishing guidelines for punitive damages in a cancer discrimination and wrongful termination case.”
Jim in the community. Jim is very active in the legal community. He is often asked to speak at bar association events like the California Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association and other organizations.
He is an honorary board of directors member for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities and actively participates in their activities.
He also often author articles that are published in legal publications like the Daily Journal, CAALA's Advocate and CAOC's Forum.
Jim outside the office. “I love to bicycle, swim, and enjoy sports and concerts. We have a beautiful blended family with my law partner Carmen Sabater. That family aspect carries over into our practice of law and our team and clients often convey they feel like family when we work together. Our work for our clients is our passion and we make sure that we also maintain a healthy work-life balance as we are in for the long haul in our fight for justice”