James Burnside is a member of the business litigation practice group in our Fresno office. His clients include contractors, title insurance and escrow companies, motor vehicle dealers, farmers, and transportation companies.
James has been in private practice since graduating from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1977. He began his law career in San Francisco before moving to Fresno in the late ‘70s. In 2005, he joined Dowling Aaron. He has substantial jury and bench trial experience in the areas of unfair competition law, construction cases, real estate contracts, partnership/shareholder disputes, consumer protection and products liability. He cherishes the independent working environment of the law, and still obtains great satisfaction when a client says “thank you” for a job well done.
To recharge his batteries, James hits the links with friends, and as an avid golfer, he’s also a longtime board member and legal counsel for Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno. He has two daughters and four grandchildren. One of his two daughters, Leigh, is also an attorney at Dowling Aaron. He has been voted by his peers as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers®, representing the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the region from 2012 through the present.