James earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fresno. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Drivon School of Law.
As a law student, James served as defense counsel for clients of the San Joaquin Collaborative Courts program. James also participated in several legal clinics, assisting individuals with various legal forms for small claims, expungements, and family law matters. Prior to joining the Villapudua & Somera team, James practiced general criminal defense and expungements.
James’ practice focuses primarily on criminal defense. He is a member of the California State Bar and the San Joaquin County Bar Association.