James A. Rossi
James Rossi is the President and Managing Attorney of Rossi Law Group. His practice is primarily 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 active in the workers' compensation community and dedicates a lot of time to evaluating new laws, the potential impact of such laws on the firm's clients, prediction of how the applicants' attorneys and judges will use and interpret the laws, and to develop strategies to defend the firm's clients. In 2013, James was a guest speaker to discuss the new laws at the WCIRB's 2013 Annual Workers' Compensation Conference in San Francisco. He was also a guest speaker at the 2013 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 and appellate law, he proactively ventured into workers's compensation litigation and would ultimately establish an autonomous workers's compensation department within the firm. Rossi Law Group is both an extension and expansion of such department.
Although currently focused on workers's compensation defense and lien resolution, James has experience handling a variety of civil litigation matters. He has been successful in the California trial and appellate courts as well as in the federal courts litigating an extensive range of issues: insurance law (i.e., fraud and bad faith); catastrophic personal injuries; intellectual property (i.e., domain name disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and trademark infringement); business litigation (i.e., breach of contract and Business & Professions Code claims) and appeals/writs (i.e., jurisdiction of the federal district court, building code interpretation, illegal jury verdicts, and venue).
In 2006, James handled the appeal of 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 successfully opposed the petition, which was denied in its entirety, leaving the new law undisturbed. To date, the case has been cited by more than 700 legal authorities.
Since graduating from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles - where he was an award-winning member of the Moot Court Honors Board--James has distinguished himself as a formidable presence in the legal community. In May 2002, his law review article was published as the lead article in Volume 42, Number 2, of the Santa Clara Law Review. Later, he 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. A hold over from his law school days, moot court remains one of James' diversions; he judges both national and school competitions.
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.