James Sargent provides sophisticated legal counsel to guide corporate and individual clients through a wide range of high-stakes commercial and business disputes. A skilled first-chair trial attorney who has tried nearly 70 cases to verdict, James maintains a diverse practice, which includes entertainment litigation, corporate and financial disputes, breaches of contracts, intellectual property infringement and trade secret violations.
Keenly aware of the impacts litigation can have on a business, James takes a pragmatic, results-oriented approach to achieving his clients’ goals early and amicably. However, if the client is best served by a trial, James has the skill and ability to obtain a favorable verdict. His success emerges from his ability to simplify complex cases, develop winning strategies, and adeptly communicate with the jury, judge or arbitrator.
James has particularly deep experience in:
- High stakes commercial and business litigation
- White collar matters
Prior to joining the Firm, James litigated products liability, toxic tort, and catastrophic injury cases in state and federal courts. Most recently, he served as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County, prosecuting complex, high-profile cases involving organized criminal enterprises and cyber enabled crime.
He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the United States Air Force Academy. After completing his military service, he enrolled in Loyola Law School, where he was a standout member of Loyola’s nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, and senior editor of the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal.
James is the devoted husband of Emmy nominated and Image Award winning television writer Amberia Allen.
James’ recent notable experience includes his representation of:
- Pathways Health and Community Support, LLC, a large provider of behavioral and mental health services in the United States, in pursuing fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and related claims against a former owner and officer of an acquired affiliate company in Delaware related to the improper diversion of government funds designated for Medicaid-related services, resulting in a favorable monetary settlement.
- A production company that created and produced a groundbreaking science fiction thriller in a breach of contract dispute and arbitration with a major streaming service.
Leadership and Community
Lifetime member, John M. Langston Bar Association (Los Angeles based African American bar organization)
Member, California Minority Counsel Program, 2023 Annual Business Conference Planning Committee
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Past board member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee
Board Director, Loyola Law School Black Alumni Association
Past board director, Association of Deputy District Attorneys
Adjunct faculty member: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Loyola Law School, J.D.
U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S.