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.

Product Liability

Representative Cases

  • Dispute in which sovereign design immunity was asserted as defense to action against transportation district to recover compensatory damages for catastrophic injuries sustained when their vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle which crossed into oncoming traffic.

  • A design defect dispute involving defense of sovereign immunity from liability for injuries sustained in a catastrophic head-on collision after median strip berm failed to deflect crossover of opposing traffic.

  • Breach of contact and product liability claims arising from manufacture of trailer built to haul heavy, oversize loads.

  • Fraud, product liability and breach of contract dispute over installation of engine in specialized tractor-trailer.

  • Design defect case involving wind turbine generator arose after changed market and weather conditions reduced energy income. Owners sought damages and rescission.