Hon. James Lambden

California Court of Appeal, (Ret.)

First District, Division Two

​​Mediator • Arbitrator • Discovery Referee • Appellate Consultant

Justice James Lambden brings to his ADR practice nearly four decades of experience as a trial lawyer, trial court judge and Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal.
  • ​Buyout of investment in multiple entities complicated by wrongful claims of construction termination and discrimination.

  • Age discrimination claimed by 64-year-old manager.

  • Public Entity Sued Financial Advisors for malpractice in management and design of investments, breadth of contract covenants, and fiduciary duties.

  • Case evaluation on a breach of joint Research & Development agreement dispute after accusation of Intellectual Property for new application. Pre-lit advice provided to Board of Directors.

  • Option to purchase of medical practice failed over disputed terms of lease of office; leading to claims for fraud in inducement to contract, interference with contract, breach of contract, etc.

  • Six interlocking trusts involved in running family corporation; with dispute among siblings over management, five different suites/petitions settled in series.

  • Breach of stock option agreement in connection with $65 million merger/acquisition arrangement was settled by transfer of portion of proceeds of sale of stock to charitable foundation.

  • Multiple disputes involving contracts and settlement agreements between a successful rock band, former managers and former attorneys.

  • Breach of contract in a leveraged lease of oil field testing equipment. Lessee asserted fraud and violations of securities regulations after the $1 million value of the equipment was reduced by market surplus.

  • Disputed nonjudicial foreclosure proceeding was resolved after allegations including breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, fraud, violation of Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, financial elder abuse.

  • Car purchaser sued car dealer, alleging violation of Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), and other claims, arising from dealer's financing car purchase at higher rate than that which was approved by bank, and then splitting difference with bank. A related case certified a class to pursue claims for violating Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and and for statutory attorney fees.

  • Culturally diverse dispute involving sale of business exporting fresh produce internationally. Issues included covenant not to compete, trade secrets, interference with business relationships, and copyright infringement.

  • Arbitration of an action against CEO for misappropriation of assets and bank fraud, in addition to counterclaims for wrongful termination and labor code violations.

  • Arbitration of claims by national manufacturer against long-term independent sales representatives for breach of fiduciary duties, covenant not to compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition.

  • Dispute involving breach of long-term lease and option to purchase large, high-value commercial properties.

  • Dissolution of partnership in dental practice.

  • Real property dispute over fraudulent intra-family transfer of property to avoid completion of contract for sale of commercial real estate.

  • Dispute over commission claims by dueling brokers involved in lease of large office building.

  • Consultation with shareholders regarding potential claims against other shareholders involved in multi-state mega-construction projects, including tie-breaking vote by interim pro-tem board member.

  • Arbitration of breach of contract claims in excess of $13 million regarding solar energy projects.

  • Commercial lease of medical cannabis dispensary involving option to purchase real property.

  • Mediation of breach of lease dispute where city revoked permit manufacturing facility for edible cannabis products.

  • Partnership dissolution dispute of a practice involving 11 doctors.

  • Partnership dissolution of dental practice involving large inventory of appliances and extensive receivables.

  • $25 million claim for failure of software that faltered during rollout of receivables billing system and threatened survival of large service provider.

  • Arbitration of partnership dissolution involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties in management and distribution of profits in excess of $10 million.

  • Multi-day mediation of Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act claims in $7 million multi-party property mortgage, sale and 1031 exchange dispute.

  • Arbitration of claims against insurer for failure to indemnify losses resulting from negligent professional services.

  • Pro tem Judge hearing inter-jurisdictional dispute of claims brought by casino for defective software gaming system.

  • Claims of breach of fiduciary duties in management of interlocking start-up corporations leading to dissolution and valuation of intellectual property.

  • Claims against title insurance company for following escrow instruction release funds to business partner under circumstances where management responsibilities were disputed by another partner.

  • Partnership dispute involving ownership of rights to permit to operate cannabis dispensary.

Business-Commercial/Consumer Contracts

Representative Cases