James A. Rossi
James Rossi is the President and Managing Attorney of Rossi Law Group. His practice is dedicated to aggressively defending various self-insured employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers' compensation cases. James has successfully defended numerous claims for serious and willful misconduct penalties, as well as L.C. §132(a) discrimination penalties. James regularly handles cases in several WCAB offices in Southern California, including Oxnard, Bakersfield, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pomona, Riverside, and San Bernardino. He handles high exposure claims in other venues as well.
James is admitted to practice before all California State Courts. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
James is a committed member of the workers' compensation community. He is a recurring guest speaker at important events such as the WCIRB's Annual Workers' Compensation Conference in San Francisco, and the California Self-Insured Group Annual Summit in Sacramento.
Prior to founding Rossi Law Group, James spent twelve years with Crandall, Wade and Lowe. After initially practicing civil litigation (i.e., catastrophic personal injury defense, and intellectual property litigation) and appellate law, he ventured into workers' compensation litigation and would ultimately establish an autonomous workers' compensation department within the firm. Rossi Law Group is both an extension and expansion of this department.
James has handled many appeals in the State and Federal Courts, including a landmark case pertaining to the Federal Court's subject matter jurisdiction. The issue was a matter of first impression in the 9th Circuit. Ultimately, James' appeal was granted on all issues in favor of his client, and the 9th Circuit issued a published opinion creating new controlling legal precedent. [See Lively v. Wild Oats Markets, 456 F.3d 933 (9th Cir. 2006)]. Subsequently, the plaintiff petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. James opposed the petition, which was denied in its entirety, leaving the new law undisturbed. To date, the case has been cited more than 800 times, including 245 legal decisions as well as numerous practice guides, treatises, and law review articles.
James was named a "Southern California Rising Star" by Law and Politics from 2005 through 2007. He was honored as such in Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, classifying him among the top 2.5% of up and coming lawyers.
James graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles - where he was an award-winning member of the Moot Court Honors Board. He also wrote a law review article that was published as the lead article in Volume 42, Number 2, of the Santa Clara Law Review.