James Earl Towery

Hon. James Earl Towery
Firm: State of California Superior Court, Santa Clara County
Address: Hall of Justice
190-200 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 808-6600
(408) 808-6626 (TDD)
Web site: http://www.sccsuperiorcourt.org/

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):

Bar Admissions:
Georgia, 1976
California, 1977
U.S. Federal Courts, 1976
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1976
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1973
B.S., Bachelor of Science

Published Works:
"Clients Have a Right to Know Attorneys' Insurance Status" , California Bar Journal, August, 2006

"Dividing Attorney Fees Among Successive Attorneys-Settled and Unsettled Areas of Law Under Fracasse" (co-author with Julia M. Hollenbeck), 33 Lincoln Law Review 105, 2005

"Should Disclosure of Malpractice Insurance Be Mandatory - Pro", GPSolo (publication of ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, Vol. 20, No. 3 , April/May, 2003

"The Case in favor of Mandatory Disclosure of Malpractice Insurance", The Professional Lawyer, Vol. 14, No. 3, Winter, 2003

"Introduction to ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection's Survey of Fee Arbitration Programs", July, 2000

"Effective Fee Agreements", ABA Journal , September, 1997

"Discipline Reform in California" (co-author with Judy Johnson, Stuart Forsyth, and Tracy Genesen), Professional Lawyer, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, November, 1995

"Getting Off to a Good Start: The Initial Client Interview", Legal Secretary, February, 1998

"Malpractice Insurance Should Be Mandatory", California Law, Vol. 5, No. 7, July, 1985

"Abortion Advertising and the First Amendment- Bigelow v. Virginia (1975) 95 S.Ct. 2222", 24 Emory Law Journal 1165 , 1975

Classes/Seminars Taught:
"Professional Responsibility", Lincoln Law School, 2002 - 2010

"The Legal Profession" , Santa Clara University School of Law (2006, 2009)

"Interviewing and Counseling" , Santa Clara University School of Law, 2007 - 2010

Honors and Awards:
Douglas Pyne (Best Oralist), Emory Law School, 1975

Best Lawyers of America, Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Commercial Litigation, 2010

Superlawyers of Northern California, Professional Liability - Defense, 2006 - 2010

Professional Lawyer of the Year (Santa Clara County Bar Association), 2004

Byrl Salsman Award ((Santa Clara County Bar Association), 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1989 - Present

Santa Clara County Bar Association

State Bar of California - Task Force on Insurance Disclosure, 2005 - 2007

State Bar of California - Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, 2001 - 2004
Member (appointed by Chief Justice George)

State Bar of California - Continuing Education of the Bar Governing Board

State Bar of California, 1994 - 1995

State Bar of California - Board of Governors, 1992 - 1995
Member (representing District 13)

State Bar of California - Board Discipline Committee, 1994 - 1995

State Bar of California - State Bar Fee Arbitration Program, 1991 - 1992
Presiding Arbitrator

State Bar of California - Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
Chair (1988), Vice-Chair (1985), and Member (1984-1988)

American Bar Association - House of Delegates, 1989 - 1998

American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Client Protection
Chair (1998-2000), Member (1996-2002)

American Bar Association - Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation/Planning Implementation Committee, 2003 - Present

American Bar Association - House of Delegates, 1989 - 1996
Member (representing Santa Clara County Bar Association)

Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation
Member, Board of Trustees (1987-1992)

Inns of Court, Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Bencher, 1988-present; Member, Executive Committee, 2005-2010

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2004 - Present

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
Member (2002-2010); Chair, Membership Committee (2008-2010)

United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2009 - 2011
Lawyer Representative

California Discipline Committee

Past Employment Positions:
State Bar of California, Chief Trial Counsel, July 12, 2010 - July 1, 2011

Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc., May 15, 1989 - July 9, 2010

Morgan & Towery, Partner, 1979 - 1989

Morgan, Beauzay, Hammer, Ezgar, Bledsoe & Rucka, Associate, 1977 - 1979

Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck

Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc., 1990 - 2010

Birth Information:
1948, Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States of America

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