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Nossaman LLP

James H. Vorhis


T 415.438.7267
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jim Vorhis is a business litigator assisting clients in finding solutions to a wide range of disputes, with a particular emphasis on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts.  His commercial litigation practice consists principally of business disputes involving financial services, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, construction, securities and insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Vorhis has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, and has developed experience managing complex discovery issues, conducting and defending depositions, and  briefing and arguing major dispositive motions.  He has helped clients achieve significant recoveries in several high-profile trials.  Mr. Vorhis is also experienced representing clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.

Representative Work

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Pattison.  Defended controller of publicly traded company (NASD: EMBT) in action by SEC over claimed stock options backdating.  Obtained defense verdict on all securities fraud and aiding and abetting claims after 3 week federal jury trial.

FDIC v. Hawker, et al.  Represented the FDIC in procuring a judgment in excess of $48 million against former officers of failed County Bank, wholly-owned banking subsidiary of Capital Corp of the West.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Represented the FDIC as secured creditor of the Casa Madrona Hotel in Sausalito on a $63 million claim secured by a deed of trust arising from a failed bank in Georgia.  The FDIC obtained the appointment as receiver for the hotel, and then later as Chapter 11 trustee following the hotel owner's bankruptcy.

City of Oakland v. PFRS. Successfully represented the City of Oakland in lawsuit to determine the proper level of pension benefits under closed pension plan. The case is now on appeal.

Sonora HOA vs. Regency Skyport, et al. Defended developer and general contractor in a major construction defect matter with related insurance coverage litigation. Dispute involved HOA's claims of multiple defects in a 315 unit condominium building. The accompanying insurance coverage disputes involve potential coverage under a $25 million "wrap" policy issued for the project and additional insured coverage under policies issued to subcontractors.  Negotiated favorable confidential settlements of the main action and most of the insurance disputes.  Some matters are still pending.

Castaic Lake Water Agency et al. v. Whittaker Corp. et al.  Assisted several water producer agencies in obtaining insurance coverage to defend counterclaims in environmental litigation resulting in the reimbursement of over $8 million in attorneys' fees.

San Gabriel Basin Watermaster v. AISLIC.  Represented policyholder in seeking defense under an environmental liability policy.  Obtained summary adjudication establishing insurer's duty to defend Watermaster.  Mediated with insurer and received very favorable settlement for client.

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Rising Stars list for 2010, 2013-2016

James H. Vorhis
James H. Vorhis



J.D., Loyola Law School, 2006

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1998



U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

St. Thomas More Society

Earl Warren American Inn of Court

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Rising Stars list for 2010, 2013-2016

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