James M. Pazos
Mr. Pazos, Of Counsel, graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1989 and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1992. At UCLA School of Law, Mr. Pazos competed in the UCLA Moot Court Competition and successfully completed the Appellate Advocacy semester. Mr. Pazos also was the Assistant Clerk for The Honorable William A. Ingram, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for The Northern District of California and completed an externship with United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.
Mr. Pazos has a approximately 20 years of litigation and appellate experience, primarily focusing his work in Business, Entertainment, Employment, Insurance and Real Estate\Construction litigation. Mr. Pazos’ litigation work resulting in judgments and settlements in excess of $25 million. For example, Mr. Pazos aided in obtaining at trial a $16 million verdict for fraud against McDonald’s Corporation. Also, Mr. Pazos was appointed as co-class counsel in an employment class action, securing a $4.2 million settlement on behalf of class members. (See below).
Mr. Pazos is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern, Eastern Districts, and U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. Set forth below is a representative sample of Mr. Pazos’ litigation and appellate work:
1. HCL Properties LTD v. UMG Recordings Inc., (I & II) Case Nos: SC104846 and SC 067601 (Breach of Contract- Breach of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; Name and Likeness; Copyright Infringement);
2. Robots of Mars, Inc. V. IMAX Corp., et al., ADRS Case No: 07-2665 – Arbitration Award of approx: $1,987,217 million – (Breach of Contract- Breach of Good Faith and Fair Dealing [royalties]; fraud).
3. Black & White Films v Myriad Pictures, LASC Case No: SC089011 (Breach of Contract- Breach of Good Faith and Fair Dealing – royalties, etc).
Business; Real Estate and Insurance Litigation:
4. Darling v. McDonald’s Corp. – LASC Case No: KC 035084 – Business Fraud – Verdict: $16.5 Million ($6.5 million compensatory + $10 million punitive damages) followed by settlement;
5. Scottsdale Ins. Company v. Century Surety; LASC Case No: Verdict $1,087,027\ Settlement – Insurance equitable contribution involving over 180 underlying construction defect cases;
6. Tom Selleck v. Maxine Inc., et al., Case No: GIN 056909 (Breach of Contract\ Fraud, etc. – Verdict in favor of Plaintiff – Settlement);
7. DDM Group LLC., v. Ronan Engineering Company, LASC Case No: LC075288 (Breach of Contract – Defense – Directed Verdict\ Settlement);
8. Jango Captial v. Ritcheson – 2008 WL 2721273 (Cal.App. 2nd Dist.) (not reported)- Fraud\ Breach of Fiduciary Duty (Decision $1,698, 802 million\ Settlement);
Class Action and Complex litigation :
9. Jorge Jaime\ Victor Gonzalez v. Standard Parking Corp – Class Counsel for Plaintiffs – $4.2 million Settlement – Labor Code violations – Overtime\ Meal and Break.
10. O’Donnell v. Accredited Home Lenders Inc., Sacramento Superior Court, Case No. 04AS02365 and consolidated cases – $2 million settlement – Labor Code violations – failure to pay overtime wages.
11. In Re Galvanized Steel Pipe litigation, LASC Case No. BC174649 – (Represented Defendant Pipe Supplier – Settlement;
12. Scottsdale v. Century Surety, LASC Case No: Verdict: $1,087, 027\ Settlement – Represented Plaintiff in insurance equitable contribution involving over 180 underlying construction defect cases –
13. Scottsdale v. Century Surety, Case B204521 2nd District, Division 3 – Equitable Contribution;
14. Hillcrest-Thousand Oaks Associates v. DSD Const., Inc. – Cal.Rptr.3d, 2007 WL 1018423 (Not Reported) – Breach of Contract, etc. – Construction Dispute;
15. Nationwide Indem Co. v. American States Ins. Co. – Cal.Rptr.3d, 2008 WL 4767349 (Cal.App. 2 Dist.)(not reported) – Equitable Contribution