James Nevin

james nevin headshotA 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 litigation and trials representing personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs, specializing in toxic torts, such as asbestos and mesothelioma, artificial stone silicosis, benzene-caused diseases, other toxic torts, catastrophic injury and death, and shareholder/director fiduciary duty disputes. 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 the present, 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), and the second youngest member in the history of National 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. In 2020, his rank in ABOTA was elevated to Advocate. Mr. Nevin is a Past President of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association‘s Board of Directors.

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 JusticeConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesSan 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 and again in the October 17, 2022 issue of Primerus Weekly.

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.

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 son Colin, and his daughters, Shelby and Claire. His eldest son, Sean is in college at Santa Clara University.  His interests include spending time with his wife and children, traveling, and the beach.


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California

  • J.D. - 2002
  • Law Review: UCLA Law Review, Editor

Stanford University

  • M.A. - 1998
  • Major: Asian Studies

Boston College

  • B.A - 1997
  • Major: International Studies

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

Past Positions

  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Law clerk

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate Member, Present
  • 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
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member, Present
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association, President (2016 to 2018), Present
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member, Present

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


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Inducted in 2011, Rank Raised to Advocate in 2020
  • 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 – present
  • 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
  • PALS

Current Employment Position

  • Partner
  • Trial Attorney

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