James D. Emerson


2520 West Shaw Lane
Fresno, CA  93711-2765
559.432.7641 Tel
559.432.7639 Fax


  • Wayne State University
  • University of Michigan Law School
ABOTA Member

Jim Emerson is one of the preeminent civil trial lawyers in Central California with more than 100 jury trials in the last 35 years. With an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, Jim is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), The International Society of Barristers, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, all by-invitation-only organizations. In the San Joaquin Valley, where a lawyer's reputation is still his stock in trade, Jim has been recognized as one of the best.

Jim Emerson enjoys the challenges of a difficult case. Typically, Jim is handling two to five catastrophic injury or death cases in addition to other cases. Some cases need to be tried, while some should be settled. As an experienced, skillful trial attorney, Jim knows how to serve the best interests of his client.

Originally from the Midwest, after serving in the Navy, Jim graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. He became a true-blue Michigan football booster while attending the University of Michigan Law School. After receiving his law degree, Jim came to California and started practicing in Fresno. Jim opened his own practice in 1978 and it has continued to this date.

Aside from his avocation as a trial lawyer and a mentor to the younger lawyers, Jim’s other reputation is for his devotion to University of Michigan athletics. Go Blue! Jim and Joan have been married for over 40 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.