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James P. Nevin

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A San Francisco Bay Area native, James Nevin received a bachelor of arts from Boston College (majoring in International Studies), a master of arts in Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was an editor on the UCLA Law Review.

Mr. Nevin is a partner and trial counsel with the firm. He has been with Brayton Purcell since March 2002. His legal practice focuses on all civil litigation representing plaintiffs, specializing in toxic torts, such as asbestos, and catastrophic injury and death. In 2004, Mr. Nevin attended the ABA/TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy held at the National Judicial College, and in 2007, he returned as a member of the faculty. Mr. Nevin is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars, and other CLE events. In 2010, Mr. Nevin was honored as one of the Forty Under Forty Leading Professionals by the North Bay Business Journal. In 2009, 2011, and 2012, he was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers' Rising Stars list. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Nevin has been selected as a Super Lawyer.

In 2011, Mr. Nevin became the youngest member in the history of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In April 2012, Mr. Nevin was honored to be among the 50 Fast Track Lawyers chosen by The Recorder. In 2012, 2013, and again in 2014, Mr. Nevin was selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, an honor held only by the top 40 trial attorneys in California under the age of 40. In 2012, 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, Mr. Nevin was honored by the National Trial Lawyers when he was selected for membership in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California. In 2014, he joined the Board of Directors of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association. In Both 2014 and 2015, Mr. Nevin was recognized as one of San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers by Legal Leaders magazine. His prior legal experience includes work as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Mr. Nevin has devoted his legal career to obtaining justice for American workers and their families who have been victimized by toxic exposures in the workplace. He is admitted to practice in the state of California, the state of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the United States District Courts in California and Washington state. He is a member the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA), the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Nevin's legal career was highlighted in the August 2015 issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

Mr. Nevin is the immediate Past President of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association's Board of Directors, and serves as a Board Member of the Tonopolo Home Owners Association.

He is rated "AV" Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Client Review and "AV" Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, indicating that he has achieved the height of professional excellence. This peer reviewed and client reviewed rank indicates the highest level of skill and integrity in an attorney's practice areas.

In addition to his legal experience as a trial attorney at Brayton Purcell, he also has published articles to his credit including:

  • Tribute to One San Francisco Juror, Daily Journal, January 18, 2012
  • Obstacles to Internet Voting: Perceived Problems with Security and “Digital Divide” Vote Dilution (6 W.Va. J. L. & Tech. 2.1; May 10, 2002)

Before entering the legal field, Mr. Nevin lived in China, where he studied Mandarin Chinese and taught advanced English and U.S. history and political science.

Mr. Nevin resides in Novato, CA with his wife, Brigit, a former Pesticide Enforcement Scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, his sons, Sean and Colin, and his daughters, Shelby and Claire. His interests include spending time with his wife and children, traveling, and anything related to Lake Tahoe.

Mr. Nevin is a regular supporter of Decoding Dyslexia.


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 2002
    Law Review: UCLA Law Review, Editor
  • Boston College, 1997
    Major: International Studies
  • Stanford University, 1998
    Major: Asian Studies

Bar Admission

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003
  • Washington, 2014

Published Works

  • Tribute to One San Francisco Juror, Daily Journal, January 18, 2012
  • Obstacles to Internet Voting: Perceived Problems with Security and 'Digital Divide' Vote Dilution, 6 W.Va. J. L. & Tech. 2.1, May 10, 2002
  • Juror ID: 2639371, Voir Dire, Volume 25, Issue 2- Pages 22-23, 2018


  • 40 Under 40 Leading Professionals – North Bay Business Journal, – 2010
  • Northern California Rising Star – Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011 – 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California – The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 – 2015
  • 50 Fast Track Lawyers – The Recorder, – 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 – 2014
  • San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers – Legal Leaders Magazine, 2014 – 2015

Classes & Seminars

  • Harris Martin
  • Perrin

Past Positions

  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Law clerk

Professional Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member, Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA), Member, Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member, Present
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association, President (2016-2017), Present
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member, Present

Current Employment Position

  • Partner
  • Trial Attorney